Ironbound Community Corporation
317 Elm Street
Newark, NJ 07105
ContactMr. Drew Curtis
To support environmental restoration, stewardship, urban greening programs, and advocacy for a vibrant, sustainable, and resilient Ironbound neighborhood of Newark.
Ironbound Community Corporation's mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.
The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) empowers residents of the Ironbound section of Newark -- a diverse neighborhood of 50,000 people -- to build better lives for themselves and a better community for all who call the Ironbound home. As the leading community-based nonprofit in the Ironbound, ICC takes a unique approach to delivering high quality services by linking them with community planning and activism. This process of community transformation began in 1969 when residents started a preschool as a grassroots response to a growing need for childcare. ICC collaborates with residents on a range of neighborhood issues -- from affordable housing and economic development to Riverfront projects, clean air, and educational opportunities for adults and children.
ICC is led by a team of core senior staff who together lead our sustainability and resiliency projects. Joseph Della Fave has been ICC's Executive Director for 23 years and has seen the organization through tremendous growth. Drew Curtis serves as Director of Community Development & Environmental Justice for ICC, where he provides leadership to and evaluation of staff working on these projects. ICC board member, Dr. Ana Baptista, continues to co-chair the Passaic River Community Advisory Group as part of the USEPA's Superfund process, and leads efforts to clean up and restore the river, in conjunction with ICC's Environmental Justice Policy Manager, Molly Greenberg. Nancy Zak, Community Organizer for 35 years, leads the Riverfront stewardship and programming efforts along the Passaic and is the co-chair of Friends of Riverfront Park. Emily Turonis, Urban Agriculture Manager, oversees a team of 3 that operates 5 community gardens and 1 farmer's market. Lastly, Michael Molina serves as Community Resiliency Coordinator and is charged with ensuring our community is prepared for the effects of climate change.