History


2020

Secured $300,000 grant from Horizon Foundation to aid the city in its COVID-19 relief efforts

Secured $750,000 two-year grant from the NJ State Department of Cultural Affairs to carry out the work of Newark 2020, remove systemic recruitment barriers, and ensure Newark residents secure employment opportunities within the city’s corporate and anchor institutions.

2019

Newark Alliance, and its key partners including Ironbound Community Corporation, La Casa de Don Pedro, New Community Corporation, Urban League and Newark Works, successfully help place over 2020 residents in jobs within the city’s anchor institutions and corporation as part of the signature Newark 2020 initiative.

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches $5.5 Million Opportunity Zone Community Capacity Building Initiative for Select U.S. Cities; Newark, N.J. is First City Selected, with Co-Funding from Prudential Financial. Newark is the first city selected, and will receive $950,000 in co-funding from Prudential Financial and The Rockefeller Foundation, working through the Newark Alliance, which is committed to equitable development in Newark.

Named Lata Reddy, SVP of Diversity, Impact and Inclusion at Prudential Financial and Chair of the Prudential Foundation as new Board Chair

2018

Named Aisha Glover as President & Chief Executive Officer

Received a $400,000 grant award from JPMorgan Chase to expand the Alliance’s CareerWorks program

Moved to incubate the city’s first-ever Newark Anchor Collaborative, made up of local anchor institutions committed to increasing local purchasing, hiring and investment strategies with the goal of growing economic opportunities and well-being for the city

2017

Embarked on a comprehensive organizational planning process to develop a robust, multi-year strategic plan and reestablish Newark Alliance's impact in Newark

Launched Newark 2020, a citywide systems-change initiative that aims to connect 2,020 Newark residents with jobs that pay a living wage by 2020; led by Newark Alliance, in partnership with the City of Newark, local employers, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, workforce and community development corporations, faith and community leaders, Prudential, and the Victoria Foundation

2016

Named Kimberly McLain as Newark Alliance's next President & Chief Executive Officer and Dennis Bone as the new Chair of the Alliance's Board of Trustees, effective June 2016

2014

Realized the OpportunityNewark action plan through collaboration with partners and stakeholders to create the Greater Newark Convention & Visitor Bureau; a Newark asset to use travel and tourism as an economic development tool and to develop the city's image and perception

Al Koeppe steps down as Chief Executive Officer of Newark Alliance

2010

Newark Alliance launches Greater Newark Workforce Funders Collaborative, one of seven national organizations modeled after the National Fund for Workforce Solutions

2008

Awarded $500,000 REDI grant by the NJ Department of Labor in 2008 to establish the TLD Talent Network

Designated as the Northern Regional Project Team Leader for the $6 million State Energy Sector Partnership Grant

2007

Awarded $5.1 million U.S. DOL WIRED grant in January 2007 to implement innovative workforce development programs in eight northern NJ counties

Project Coordinator for the North Jersey WIRED/NJ State Innovation Partnership Institute Financial Services Industry $150,000 one-year grant to involve industry leaders in curriculum development

Launched the Newark Community Foundation

2006

Launched the implementation phase of the OpportunityNewark Strategic Action Plan

Funded a consultant on behalf of the City of Newark to review police operations with the objective of reducing the crime rate in the city in support of the Mayor's Public Safety Agenda

Became the lead organization in U.S. DOL Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative; awarded $100,000 planning grant

In partnership with the Newark Workforce Investment Board, supported the development and opening of the One-Stop Satellite Office at the Port Newark

2005

Began the planning phase of the OpportunityNewark Strategic Action Plan

1999

From 1999 to 2004, coordinated the Newark Public School District Business Infrastructure Initiative where senior-level executives from Newark Alliance supporting organizations worked with Newark Public School executives on best business practices in Human Resources, Technology, Finance, and Facilities Management