Clement Price, Chair Emeritus



"The Newark Trust for Education is an independent organization committed to acting as a convener in bringing together diverse civic stakeholders around reform. We engage in meaningful collective work on behalf of all Newark’s children."

Clement Alexander Price is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University, Newark Campus.

Shané Harris, Chair

The Prudential Foundation


“As a local education fund, The Trust works to reduce fragmentation of efforts and mobilize civic leadership.”

Shané Harris serves as the Vice President of The Prudential Foundation, where she is responsible for management of Foundation staff and program strategy and overseeing the distribution of $25 million in annual Foundation grants. Ms. Harris oversees education policy for Prudential’s Community Resources Department and advises senior management on their support of education initiatives.  She also serves as Secretary of the Foundation.

Mashea Ashton

The Newark Charter School Fund

mashea_ashton_headshotMashea Ashton is the CEO of the Newark Charter School Fund, having joined the organization as a partner in February 2009. Before joining NCSF, Mashea served as the Executive Director for the New York Program and Senior Advisor for Charter School Policy for New Leaders for New Schools.

Mashea has also served as the Executive Director for Charter Schools for the New York City Department of Education, the National Director of Recruitment and Selection for the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), and as a special education teacher in Williamsburg, VA and Washington, DC.

Irene Cooper-Basch

Victoria Foundation

ICB“While reform efforts and superintendents come and go, the Trust is here for the long haul to ensure that student outcomes follow a positive, upward trajectory."

In June 2006, Irene Cooper-Basch became the third Executive Officer and Secretary of the Board for Victoria Foundation, a private grantmaking institution founded in 1924,with current assets totaling $200 million. Prior to this appointment, she served as a Program Officer at Victoria Foundation and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey for10 years. Both foundations have a strong grantmaking focus on the city of Newark, New Jersey.

Steven J. Diner



“The Newark Education Trust acts as an advocate for the community in holding the Newark Public Schools accountable in establishing a new culture of excellence.”

Chancellor Steven J. Diner has headed Rutgers University-Newark since July 2002.

Celia M. King

Leadership Newark, Inc.

King_Celia_9737633677“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to contribute as a board member of the Newark Trust for Education. As an independent organization, we work diligently on behalf of the students of Newark, and our focus is high student achievement and academic excellence for all students.”

Presently, Celia M. King serves as the executive director of Leadership Newark, Inc., where she is responsible for ensuring a myriad of citizens committed to the City of Newark, enhance their skills and knowledge based on numerous public policy issues affecting the community.

Raymond Ocasio

La Casa de Don Pedro

NEWARK EDUCATION TRUST CONLON“The Trust’s only constituencies are the students and parents of Newark.”

Since 1998 and under Mr. Ocasio’s stewardship La Casa has experienced tremendous growth and consolidation of its programs and advocacy activities while adding vigor to its economic development work by employing a focused, targeted, comprehensive and integrated strategy plan.

Barbara Reisman

Schumann Fund for NJ


"One of our primary goals is to keep the public in public education. Transparency in decision making, access to timely information, and meaningful participation by Newark's citizens are values central to the Trust."

Barbara Reisman has been Executive Director of The Schumann Fund for New Jersey since 1997.

John Schreiber

New Jersey Performing Arts Center


“One of the goals I have is that arts education be as important and preeminent in any of the work that we do."

NJPAC President John Schreiber joined the Trust's board of directors in December 2012 and has served as president of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center since July 2011.

Prior to his arrival at NJPAC, he served as executive vice president of social action and advocacy of Participant Media, LLC, where he was responsible for managing the creation, development and execution of unique social action and advocacy campaigns for each participant film.

Junius Williams

Abbott Leadership Institute

NEWARK EDUCATION TRUST CONLON“The community’s voice is vitally important in the conversation of education reform in Newark. As such, The Trust will augment and support the voices already engaged in education reform, providing information and access to other resources as needed. This is one way The Trust helps to align efforts.”

Junius W. Williams is a noted attorney, educator, musician and community advocate.  As the Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, at Rutgers University, Newark, he teaches advocacy skills to parents and professional educators.

Cami Anderson, Ex-Officio Member

Newark Public Schools Superintendent

Joe DelGrosso, Ex-Officio Member

President, Newark Teachers Union


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