Celia M. King, Co-Chair

Executive Director, Leadership Newark

“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.”

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.

She strives to expand and improve the network of civic and community leaders in the City of Newark. As an advocate of civic participation, Celia takes her role seriously in engaging the public to be informed and involved in the community. Ms. King feels community building requires the development of servant leaders through community leadership programs.

Prior to assuming her current position, Celia worked in the field of healthcare as an administrator for more than 10 years. She is an expert in healthcare planning and total quality management, specifically for urban communities and underserved populations.

Ms. King has managed health centers for communities in Harlem, New York, Jersey City, New Jersey and Paterson, New Jersey. She developed strategic plans to ensure growth and expansion of health services in these cities. Additionally, she implemented patient education programs, which involved staff going to the community and sharing information in a potential “clients” territory.

Celia’s affiliations include serving as a member on the board of the following organizations: Prospect Presbyterian Church; Marion P. Thomas Charter School; Supreme Court of New Jersey District Fee Arbitration Committee; The Newark Foundation for Public Education; The Jewish Museum of New Jersey; Family Connections and Newark Emergency Services for Families.

Ms. King holds a Master’s degree from Milano The New School University for Management and Urban Policy in New York City and completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University.