Leadership Newark


Suite LL10
494 Broad St.
Newark, NJ 07102-9300
County: Essex


Ms. Celia M King

Grant Amount


Program Area

Technical Assistance


Grant Details

For general operating support of a two-year public policy fellowship program for emerging Newark-based leaders.

Organization Background

Founded in September 1998, the founders, (Thomas O'Neill and Richard Roper) felt it was necessary to prepare a strong cadre of citizens of diverse backgrounds with in-depth knowledge on a wide range of public policy issues who will be prepared to take on leadership roles in New Jersey and/or in the City of Newark as the city undergoes an evolving renaissance. Thus, Leadership Newark (LN) offers a community leadership development program for adults who live, work or volunteer in the civic life of the City of Newark, a volunteer consultancy program and a nonprofit board service training program.

The leadership program is a public policy enrichment fellowship designed to strengthen the City of Newark's civic infrastructure through preparing the next generation of leaders to serve in numerous professional, political and volunteer capacities in the largest city in the State of New Jersey. During the course of the fellowship, participants hone their skills as volunteer consultants working with a nonprofit on relevant projects. The nonprofit board service training is held twice a year and was developed to ensure we had a strong cohort of professionals ready to meet the requests for potential board members from our network.

Over our 17-year history, LN has recruited 18 classes, graduated 15, while always running two cohorts in the midst of the 2-year fellowship program. We remain heartened to receive upwards of 75 applications for admission each year, selecting no more than 35 per class. Holding true to our mission, Leadership Newark continues to create a network of established and emerging leaders with the drive, knowledge, skills and connections needed to improve Newark's future and thus benefitting New Jersey as a whole. The chief executive officer has been with the organization since it's inception and was selected based on her background as a former elected official in New Jersey and well rounded experience in government and healthcare. This January, a deputy director of programs was hired specifically to enhance the pubic policy curriculum for the fellowship program. Her background in education, strong writings skills and ability to conduct research will prove to be an asset.

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