Richard Cammarieri – Biographical Information
He was born, raised and remains a lifelong resident of Newark with a long family history in the city that began with the immigration of his maternal grandfather from Southern Italy in 1899.
He is employed with the New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark as director for Special Projects with a focus on Resident Organizing, Civic Engagement and Public Policy Awareness and Advocacy initiatives. In addition he oversees the NCC Federal Credit Union Youth and Adult Financial Literacy Training programs.
He has had extensive experience in Newark grassroots community organizing and neighborhood policy development. Previous positions include Executive Director for the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods and Associate Director for Economic Initiatives, Newark Fighting Back Partnership.
He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Newark Community Development Network and chairs the Master Plan Working Group Coalition. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Quest Youth Services program in Newark and an Executive Committee member of the Newark Branch NAACP and is a Board member of the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District in Newark. Previous Board affiliations include the chairperson of the Fair Lending Coalition of N.J. and founding Board member of the Community
Loan Fund of N.J.
He is currently serving his second term as an elected member of the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board currently chairing the Facilities Committee and having served on the Finance and Curriculum Committees.
He is a published poet and has had featured readings in Newark, surrounding towns and in various venues in New York City and he has served as the poetry editor for the Newark Arts Council Newsletter.
He graduated from Rutgers University Newark with a Bachelors Degree in English.