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Rhonda A. Lewis, Executive Direcetor | 973-624-6676 ext. 6955

Rhonda A. Lewis has served as the Executive Director of Greater Newark LISC since 2012. Ms. Lewis has led a long and distinguished career in community development. During her decade-long tenure as President and Executive Director of Bridge Street Development Corporation, she built the organization into one of the premier faith-based community development corporations in New York City. Prior to that, she served as Director of Economic Development at New York City LISC, where she played a critical role in the development of more than $100 million in transactions, the delivery of critical technical assistance, and the building of relationships with key funders, investors, public officials, and community stakeholders. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Design and Planning from the State University at Buffalo.

Judith Thompson-Morris, Senior Program Officer | 973-624-6676 ext. 7935

Judith Thompson-Morris joined Greater Newark LISC in 1995. She is responsible for underwriting and monitoring loans and grants for our local partners and borrowers. An urban planner by training, she has worked previously for the City of Jersey City as a Senior Planner in the Planning Department and Project Manager with the City’s Affordable Housing Division. A member of the American Planning Association, Ms. Thompson-Morris holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University.

Jerrah Crowder, Program Officer | 973-624-6676 ext. 7325

Jerrah Crowder came to Greater Newark LISC in 2015 to lead its Income and Asset Building initiatives. Prior to joining LISC he worked as a financial coach at the Financial Clinic in New York City and as a financial counselor trainer for the New York Public Library system. Although Jerrah has a diverse background, having served as a securities-licensed consultant in the for-profit financial services market, a New Jersey Planning Official as Chairman of Newark’s Central Planning Board, and as a nonprofit development and operations director with Quest Ink, Inc. in Newark, the theme of community development has been the common thread throughout his many years of service in the Newark/New York area. Born and raised in Newark, Jerrah holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Howard University.

Candace Johnson, Administrative Assistant | 973-624-6676 ext. 6930

Candace Johnson joined LISC Newark in September 2010. She brings extensive experience working in office, educational and general public settings. As a consummate professional, Candace offers expert administrative, organizational, leadership, and customer support.  Prior to joining LISC, Candace worked with Brick City Development Corporation.