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’s Virtual C2C Host Team

Newark Virtual C2C

Kaleena Berryman, Abbott Leadership Institute-Rutgers University
Pamela B. Daniels*, The Brickerati
Francis Dixon, New Hope Baptist Church
Rashon Dwight, Newark Board of Education
Natasha Dyer, Newark Trust for Education
Kim Gaddy*, Clean Water Action
Angela Garretson, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Suzanne Ishee, NJIT Hub for Creative Placemaking
Courtney Johnson, Newark Board of Education
Jeremy Johnson, Newark Arts
Lavita Johnson, Newark People’s Assembly
Donna Kirkland, Trust for Public Land
Jennifer Madé, Abbott Leadership Institute-Rutgers University
Eyesha Marable, NJ Performing Arts Center
Carrie Puglisi, La Casa de Don Pedro
Richard Whitten, United Parks As One

*Host Team Co-Chairs


“Thank you for hosting Communities in Conversation. Having the opportunity to build new partnerships, share resources and problem solve with such a wide variety of community stakeholders was remarkable! The framework and format used created a truly valuable experience for everyone. I look forward to participating in future events like this.”

– Jaime L. Angelini, MA, DRCC, AMTP, Statewide Director of Disaster Services and Special Projects at the Mental Health Association