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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.

Welcome New Board Member: Jeremy Grunin!

We are delighted to welcome three new board members to Gathering Ground, among them, Jeremy Grunin.  Read below to learn more about Jeremy.

Jeremy Grunin

For over 10 years, Jeremy Grunin has been actively engaged throughout the community as President of the Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore. Jeremy is also a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in investing in third party commercial ventures. Prior to that, Jeremy was a leader in the private sector for over 15 years, where he led teams of over a thousand employees responsible for over $500 million in revenue.

Jeremy’s Foundation, Advisory and Board Directorships include:

  • Board Chair of Count Basie Center for the Arts;
  • Board Chair of New Jersey Center for Nonprofits;
  • Immediate Past Board Chair and Current Executive Board Member of Fulfill;
  • Executive Board Member of YMCA of Greater Monmouth County;
  • Trustee of Community Medical Center;
  • Board Member of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers;
  • Member of New Jersey State Council on the Arts;
  • Advisory Board Member of State of the Arts;
  • Board Member of Gathering Ground;
  • Board Member of Community Foundation of South Jersey;
  • Board Member of Arts Ed NJ;
  • Board Member of Monmouth University;
  • Board Member of Monmouth Museum;
  • Advisory Board of Parker Family Health Center;
  • Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey;
  • Advisory Board Member of Toms River Regional Schools Business, Information Technology and Construction Academies;
  • Co-Chair of the NJ Arts and Culture Renewal Fund Steering Committee;
  • Advisory Board Member of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law; and
  • Appointed Member to Ocean County Tourism and Business Development Advisory Council.

Fun Facts about Jeremy:

  • Jeremy had a radio talk show on AM and FM radio with over 25k listeners for 2 years
  • One of his first jobs was selling Electrolux vacuum cleaners door to door
  • He was the head coach of his 3 kids’ soccer team that was top 20 in the state in their age group……and he never played a soccer match in his life

Learn more about Jeremy at


“During the process, a wonderful synergy has developed. The weekly Host Team meetings have united our Host Team, and forged new relationships between us all, as well as the businesses and community organizations that we represent. I applaud Gathering Ground for helping communities look at themselves through a process that embraces inclusivity, accountability and openness.”

– Rachael Faillace – Chair, Rahway Call to Collaboration Host Team | Former Executive Director, Rahway Arts District (Rahway)