Nadirah Brown, born and raised in the City of Newark, currently resides in the South Ward with her daughter. Growing up, Ms. Brown attended various private schools, including St. Rose of Lima and Mount Saint Dominic Academy, after which she attended Douglass College on the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus, graduating with double Bachelor of Arts majors in Communication and Journalism, and Mass Media. After college Ms.Brown began to work for Prudential Insurance Company (now Prudential Financial), where she worked on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) project that resolved claims of policyholders that were in arbitration with the company.
Ms. Brown has also worked for the City of Newark for the Department of Public Welfare and the Division of Family Assistance and Benefits (DFAB), where she has been for the past 15 years. Ms. Brown began as a Family Service Worker and Court Liaison and is now the representative of DFAB as the Senior Community Service Worker. Being the voice for herself, as well as for others, has always been instilled in Ms. Brown – from her days in high school to her current voice as a Senior Community Service Worker. Every school that her daughter attended, Ms. Brown has always been active in all the meetings and activities. She is still an active voice and member with her current union, Communications Workers of America Local 1081, where she has served as shop steward, on the scholarship committee and on three bargaining committees for employee contracts. In the last 4 years, Ms. Brown has increased community partnership between DFAB and various organizations and vendors in the community by providing information on how to apply for social services for individuals and families, as well as providing various resources for them.
Ms. Brown has met and continues to develop new relationships with members of the community by actively being in attendance in meetings with the County of Essex Human Service Advisory Council, Continuum of Care/Comprehensive Emergency Assistance System, Essex County Office Prosecutor's Youth Advisory Council, Essex County Council for Young Children and the Southward Newark Community Street Team, to name a few. Ms. Brown has and always will be available to those who need assistance whether it is information concerning social services and or their personal concerns such as education, employment, healthcare, food supplement and homelessness. Ms. Brown’s active passion is being able to aid and connect individuals to the right resources needed, as well as to assist them in bridging the gap in resolutions needed in the community. Ms. Brown’s service is based on one motto – Sharing is Caring!
2021 Candidate Q&A
Q1: Members of the Newark Board of Education make decisions that guide the public school system. Please describe your process for decision-making, especially when working on a team of individuals with multiple points of view.
Q2: What is your top priority to address during your term if elected?
Q3: What is the biggest challenge facing the young people of Newark today?