Greater Newark

Partnering to advance economic mobility opportunities

Overview

A vibrant region with boundless potential

A region with a dynamic network of universities, Fortune 500 companies, startups, philanthropic institutions and community organizations. Yet, upward economic mobility across the city has not been equally shared. GreenLight Greater Newark engages deeply with the community to identify priority unmet needs for individuals, children and families navigating barriers to prosperity. We then search for, select and launch portfolio organizations that will move Newark further, faster.

Portfolio

Investing in proven organizations to bring to Greater Newark to address community-identified needs

We identify, invite in and launch evidence-based organizations, providing support so they quickly become embedded in the community and deliver measurable change.

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Addressing Challenges in Greater Newark

In 2022

26%

of Newarkers live below the Poverty Line

15.5%

of Newark Residents have a Bachelor’s Degree

22%

of Newarkers are homeowners

Greater Newark Team & Partners

GreenLight Greater Newark is made up of a diverse group of changemakers from across the community, working together for positive impact.

EMS Corps

EMS Corps

Team

Tish Johnson-Jones

Tish Johnson-Jones

Executive Director, GreenLight Greater Newark

Kaitlyn Orsini

Kaitlyn Orsini

Coordinator, GreenLight Greater Newark

Bri Ross

Bri Ross

Program Associate, GreenLight Greater Newark

Advisory Council

Steve Alesio

Newark Youth Career Pathways & Former Dun & Bradstreet

Hazel Applewhite

Ironbound Community Corporation

Dr. Robert Austin

Community Leader

Kaleena Berryman

Newark Alliance

Amina Bey

Newark Emergency Services

Dr. Sharnee Brown

City of Newark

Kevin Callaghan

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Debra Caplan

Caplan Family Foundation

Vivian Carter

Community Leader

Kim Cook

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Danielle Corea – Smith

United Way of Greater Newark

Tafshier Cosby

National Parent Union

Shanell Dunns

Roots and Bridges

Nalune Francios

Community Foundation of NJ

Tiffany Jackson

Prudential

Jasmine Joseph – Forman

Opportunity Youth Network

Cathy Keegan

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice

Jheryn Kenney

LinkedIn

Dominique Lee

BRICK Education Network

Filomena Machleder

Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Tenisha Malcolm

Kean University

Helen Mazarakis

Impact 100 Essex

Kelly Mulligan

Center for Court Innovation

Thomas Owens

Mentor Newark

Shante Palmer

Rutgers University – Newark

Amber Randolph

Rutgers University – Newark

Americo Rodrigues

Blackstone

Mario Shepard

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Suzanne Spero

MCJ Amelior Foundation

Yolanda Stokes

South Ward Promise Neighborhood, Community Leader

Jon Stout

Optum Ventures

Evan Weiss

Newark Alliance

Kate Whitman – Annis

NJ Devils Foundation

Lavar Young

Mercury LLC

Founding Investors

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Steve and Luana Alesio

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Broadridge
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Wayne and Jodi Cooperman

Cooperman Family Foundation

David and Allison Blitzer

Debra and Kenneth Caplan

Della Rosa Family Foundation

Deloitte

Fournier Family Foundation

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Tim Gokey

Matt and Liz Goldberg

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Megan and John Hagerty

Tom and Meg Healey

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Peter and Dana Langerman

Lumina-Foundation

Helen and Thanassis Mazarakis

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MCJ Amelior Foundation

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NY-Giants

Newark Emerging Leaders Initiative

Mary Beth O’Connor

John and Laura Overdeck

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Eileen and Les Quick

Laura and David Rosenberg

Lyn Rosensweig and Bruce Schnelwar

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Rachel Schwarz and Marc Schiffman

Sharon and James Schwarz

MacKenzie Scott

Susan and John Simon

Sara Naison-Tarajano & Orestes Tarajano

Stephen and Heather Thomas

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Weidhorn Family

Kim and Finn Wentworth

Zach Widmann and Kim Hirsh

Larry and Gayle Wieseneck

Wiley

Wilf Family Foundations

William-E-Simon-Foundation

John and Suzanne Willian

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GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023
Annual Impact Report Cover photo

Insights

GreenLight Fund Annual Impact Report July 2022 – June 2023

Oct 20, 2023

Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Greater Newark, Kansas City, National, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Twin Cities

GreenLight Fund Greater Newark Announces Investment in Workforce Development for Local Youth

Announcement, Press Release

GreenLight Fund Greater Newark Announces Investment in Workforce Development for Local Youth

Sep 28, 2023

Greater Newark

Podcast: Leadership Drives – Hear from four GreenLight Site Directors

Media Mention

Leadership Drives

Podcast: Leadership Drives – Hear from four GreenLight Site Directors

Aug 25, 2023

Baltimore, Greater Newark, Philadelphia, Twin Cities

GreenLight Announces Founding Executive Director for Greater Newark
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Announcement, News, Press Release

GreenLight Announces Founding Executive Director for Greater Newark

Mar 24, 2022

Greater Newark

The GreenLight Fund Launches GreenLight Greater Newark, its 11th Site
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Announcement, News, Press Release

The GreenLight Fund Launches GreenLight Greater Newark, its 11th Site

Jan 19, 2022

Greater Newark

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