United Way of Greater Newark exists to improve the lives of individuals, children and families within our footprint to strengthen the collective community. Through programs and service initiatives we address the root causes of community concerns.

OUR MISSION

Disrupt the cycle of poverty by convening, collaborating and investing in strategies to improve outcomes for children and families.

OUR VISION

Through our leadership and partnerships, residents in our 13 municipalities are empowered to create healthier lives with access to quality education and opportunities for economic advancement.

STAFF

Catherine Wilson

President and CEO

Catherine Wilson serves as the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark, a position she has held since May of 2016, providing executive leadership and vision to the organization. In 2018, she led the board of trustees to adopt a new mission, vision and strategic direction for the organization focusing convening, collaborating and investing in education, health and financial stability. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Catherine spent 5 years designing, implementing and evaluating programs as the Program Design and Evaluation Specialist and Senior Director of Community Impact. She developed a passion for empowering community residents to take charge of issues specific to their neighborhoods and schools. Prior to joining United Way, Catherine spent eight years in the child welfare field, first working for what was then the Division of Youth and Family Services and the Essex County Court Appointed Special Advocates. There she advocated for children and youth in the child welfare system, and designed the first CASA mentoring program for youth aging out of foster care. Catherine holds a B.A. in Communications from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Catherine lives in Newark.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Heather Puglisi

Chief Development Officer

KAREN LEaCH -TOOMER

Director of Marketing

Talah Hughes

Grants Manager

NAKITA COOPER

Manager of Development

Victoria KAMALOVA

Database Manager

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Dr. Robert Austin

Director of Education

Danielle Corea-Smith

Director of Financial Stability

Adaobi NDupi

Director of Health 

Emma Lavin

BHN Coordinator 

ADMIN

Hana GreenE

Executive Assistant to President & CEO

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHAIr

Vincent Alonge

Horizon BCBS

ViCE CHAIR

MARY ANN JACKSON

Prudential Financial

Treasurer

Nan Jiang

Deloitte

TIFFANY ALICHE

The Budgetnista

The Honorable Sallyanne Floria, A.J.S.C.

Retired

Dupre Kelly

211 Community Impact

MARK HARTIGAN

Retired

Lisette Morales

T.D Bank

Lester E. Taylor, III

Florio Perrucci Steinhardt Cappelli Tipton & Taylor, LLC.

Andrea lewis-walker

Deputy-In-Charge, U.S. District Court, NJ

MATTHEW FEINSTEIN

NJ LEEP 

Coltrane Stansbury

Macmillan

Tyron Brown

M&T Bank

Dr. Arpit Arora

NYU Langone Health