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In Nov. 2021 after ten years of our evolving mission and impact, we changed our name to Gathering Ground. You may still find reference to our old name Creative New Jersey in posts created prior to Nov. 2021.

Celebrating Kacy’s 10 years at Gathering Ground!

Join us in celebrating Kacy’s 10 years with Gathering Ground!

Ten years ago this month, Kacy O’Brien, our Director of Programming, joined Gathering Ground’s team! That first year she worked with us in a part-time capacity, helping to support her own community by co-organizing the Trenton Call to Collaboration with Host Team members.

10 years, 18 communities, 9 statewide summits and 5,000+ people later, our Director of Programming is still going strong and excited to continue growing the Gathering Ground community.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to work alongside amazing community members over these ten years – it’s what gets me up every day. I am always inspired by the incredible people of our state who daily advocate for their communities, fight for justice, and work across differences. I am so lucky to be able, through Gathering Ground’s mission, to support and amplify the work of so many changemakers.”

Give a shout-out to Kacy and let her know if her work has impacted you on our socials or by email!

3 Fun Facts about Kacy:

  • Kacy delights in spending her days with her husband Craig Weinrich (Council of NJ Grantmakers) and their new pup Clyde
  • She has wrestled a groundhog, hand-fed a bald eagle, and nursed juvenile raccoons, among other animals, during her time volunteering at the Mercer County Wildlife Center
  • Because of her love for nature and expert planning skills, colleagues agree that if they ever were on Survivor – Kacy would be the team leader
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“The Orange Call to Collaboration ushered in a period of increased collaboration among the municipality, school district and nonprofit and community-based organizations.”

– Robin Gordon – Director of Administration, HANDS INC. (Orange)