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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.

Gathering Ground benefits from the active participation and wisdom of dozens of individuals who serve as members of our local community-based Host Teams.

Newark Host Team

Newark Paramount Theater sign

Kevin Callaghan, Newark Philanthropic Liaison
Pamela B. Daniels*, Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
Marcy DePina, Newark Riverfront Revival
Natasha Dyer, Newark Trust for Education
Kim Gaddy*, Clean Water Action
Aisha Glover, Newark Alliance
Angela Garretson, NJIT
Jeremy Johnson, Newark Arts
Lavita Johnson, Newark People’s Assembly
Tish Johnson, BRICK Education Network
Celia King, Leadership Newark
Susan Lazzari, Newark Public Library
Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Ironbound Community Corporation
Eyesha Marable, NJ Performing Arts Center
Andréa Mason, Newark People’s Assembly
Lauren Meehan, Newark Arts Education Roundtable
Stephanie Neal, NJ Community Capital – CAP-C
Carrie Puglisi, La Casa de Don Pedro
Rev. Louise Rountree, Office of Clergy Affairs-City of Newark
James Thompson, Free Press
Carlos Valentin, ASPIRA
Myles Varley, United Community Corporation

*Host Team Co-Chairs


“Walls came down, bridges were built, inspiration was shared, challenges were tackled, hope was renewed because people who care took the time to come together to have meaningful conversation.Thank you for creating the environment to make this possible. We are stronger together.”

– Doug Goulding, Chief Serving Officer at NCS Paterson and the Paterson Health Initiative