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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’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


“Communities in Conversation give small entrepreneurial businesses a chance to make connections that yield big changes.”

– Lisa Charles, Author & CEO, Embrace Your Fitness, LLC (Newark)