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Reginald Lewis

Executive Director

Reginald Lewis has served as the Executive Director of the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) since September 2016. Prior to this role, Mr. Lewis served as Executive Director of The Chad School Foundation, Inc., a Newark-based education policy and advocacy organization that seeks to improve conditions in public school systems serving disadvantaged and at-risk youth.  Housed at the Rutge...

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Barry Ford

Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Development

Barry Ford serves as NCLC’s Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Development. In this role, he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of NCLC and providing direct oversight of the continued implementation of NCLC’s College Pathway Initiative. Barry has over fifteen years of management experience from the non-profit and education sectors. He has held positions with a v...

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Chanel Donaldson

Senior Manager of Communications and Development

In her role as Senior Manager of Communications and Development, Chanel oversees all aspects of NCLC communications, including facilitating media coverage, developing marketing and promotional materials, launching social media campaigns, and maintaining the website. She also assists leadership to identify funding opportunities, and authors grant proposals and interim reports. Prior to assuming ...

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Danielle Cohen

Special Assistant to the Executive Director and Special Projects Manager

Danielle Cohen is Special Assistant to the Executive Director & Special Projects Manager for NCLC. In her role, she is responsible for coordinating various aspects of NCLC's programming and supporting the Collaborative's executive leadership. Prior to assuming her current role, Danielle was Coordinator of Public Programs & Special Projects at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers...

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Kimberly Ledgister

Project Manager, Youth Leadership and Success Project

Kimberly Ledgister serves as the Project Manager for the Youth Leadership and Success Project (YLSP). Kim has over 8 years of experience mentoring, teaching, and supporting youth through dynamic community focused programs. She currently oversees YLSP, a college pathway program that utilizes social justice programming to inform and empower Newark high school students. Formerly Kim served as a Pr...

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Kristi Donaldson

Postdoctoral Associate in Education Research and Policy

Kristi Donaldson is a Postdoctoral Associate in Education Research and Policy in the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) and the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark. She is working to develop NCLC’s data infrastructure, including measurement of key educational indicators, and a report on Newark students’ post-secondary pathways and outcomes ...

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Christine Harding

Program Associate, Pathways to Achievement and Success

Christine Harding is the Program Associate for the Pathways to Achievement and Success Program (PAS). In her role, she supports program operations, mentor curriculum development and outreach. Prior to her role, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the NCLC. Christine earned her bachelor’s degree in Politics and History from Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing her master’s in Soci...

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