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Rhonda A. Lewis, Executive Director | 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.


Tenisha Malcolm, Assistant Program Officer | 973-624-6676 ext. 4535

Tenisha Malcolm came to Greater Newark LISC in 2018 to lead   Community Engagement. Tenisha is a fellow of Leadership Newark, formerFundraising Chair for Urban League of Essex County's Young Professionals, former Communications Chair for Jamaica Impact Organization, and former Board Member of Professional Jamaicans for Jamaica. She earned her Bachelor's from Bloomfield College with  a major in English-Communications and is currently pursing a Masters' degree at Rutgers University-Newark in Public Health with concentration in Urban Health Administration.


Milan Sledge, Assistant Program Officer 973-624-6676 ext. 5185

Milan Sledge came to Greater Newark LISC in 2019 to lead community building in one of GNL’s pilot neighborhoods through the Thriving Neighborhoods Initiative. This place-based and resident-driven approach deliberately puts residents at the center of the community development process – with resources, technical assistance, and training – to drive neighborhood change efforts and inform quality of life investments. Prior to joining LISC, she worked as a Community Outreach Specialist for the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ and served as the Community Organizer for the statewide campaign, Pre-K Our Way, and successfully advocated for the expansion of high-quality preschool to NJ’s youngest residents. Milan holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Syracuse University with a major in Political Science and minor in Policy Studies.

Candace Johnson, Administrative Project Coordinator | 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.