staff & board
Founder, Young Urban Leaders
The founder of Young Urban Leaders, Sean lived in Camden until he was 8 and moved back when he was 20 to serve the city. Young Urban Leaders was founded while Sean was an undergraduate student at Rutgers University, where he recieved his BA in Urban Studies. Before that, Sean served in AmeriCorps VISTA in New Orleans and in Camden, and was appointed to the Camden School Board by Mayor Dana Redd.
Vice President & COO, Cooper's Ferry Partnership
Joe began working at CFP as a graduate intern in 1999, became a full-time project manager upon graduation in the spring of 2000, and was promoted to COO/VP in October of 2009 and tasked with overseeing the development and neighborhood operations in the office. Joe has dedicated his time working on several downtown projects, which include the Camden Children's Garden, new infrastructure around Adventure Aquarium, and the Aquarium Fountain Park. Joe works closely with the private sector on planning the build out of the remaining downtown waterfront and also in North Camden with Save Our Waterfront on park design and neighborhood planning. He also serves on the board of the Heritage Collaborative as well as volunteering with Sacred Heart Athletics. Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Political Science from the College of New Jersey in 1998 and from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Governmental Affairs and a Master of Political Science in 2000.
Dr. Gwendolyn Harris
Executive Director, Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
Gwendolyn Harris has an extensive career in human services and public administration, highlighted by founding Newark Emergency Services of Families, Inc. thirty years ago, as well as serving as the City of Trenton's Director of Health and Human Services, Business Administrator and as Mayor Palmer's Chief of Staff; she also served as Commissioner of Human Services for the State of New Jersey. Gwendolyn L. Harris received her PhD from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy. She also teaches at Rutgers-Camden. Her dissertation topic assessed the impact of affordable housing on taxable property valuation. Her college and graduate level teaching has included courses in urban policy, municipal management and local economic development. Ms. Harris holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a Masters from the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.
G. Lynn Brown
President/CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey
G. Lynn Brown has over 35 years of experience in the reproductive/women's health field. She serves as the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey which provides family planning medical services in three southern counties. She currently serves on several committees and boards related to health at the local and state levels.
Dr. Bernadette West
Professor and Associate Dean, UMDNJ School of Public Health
Bernadette West, Ph.D., MA, is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair in the Health Systems and Policy Department at the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. She also serves as Assistant Dean of the School of Public Health in Stratford/Camden and Assistant Dean for Community Health. Before joining UMDNJ in 1997, she served as Executive Director of a regional health planning agency in New Jersey. For the past 18 years she has worked with community agencies on a variety of health planning, health assessment and program evaluation projects, including projects in cities throughout New Jersey as well as in the Dominican Republic and Croatia. In addition to community health assessment, her scholarly efforts have focused on violence and disability. She is Faculty Advisor for V.O.I.C.E.S., Volunteer Opportunities in Community Engaged Service, the student service organization at UMDNJ-SPH and the Bridging the Gaps Program Coordinator for UMDNJ. She teaches Health Services Research Methods and is co-director of the course Public Health Applications in Developing Countries.
Board at Large
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner
Executive Director, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Jeffrey Brenner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition. He is a family physician and has practiced in Camden for eleven years as a front-line primary care provider for patients of all ages. Having owned a private practice in Camden, he has experience in implementing electronic health records and running a paperless office, open-access scheduling, as well as first-hand knowledge of the various challenges facing primary care in the current health system. He currently serves full-time as the Coalition's Executive Director, where he spends much of his time meeting with stakeholders and policymakers, advocating for the models of care the Coalition has developed and demonstrated through data centric results. Jeff is a faculty member of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden and is also a former resident of Camden, having lived in the city for over 8 years. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Director of Grants Management, Community Planning and Advocacy Council
Ms. Colbert has 20 years of experience in health and human services planning. Ms. Colbert worked at Health Visions, CPAC’s independent health planning and research subsidiary from 1995 – 1998 where she was involved in a variety of needs assessments and research and evaluation projects. Ms. Colbert returned to CPAC in March 2003 after 4 years as a Research Associate at Virtua Health System. Ms. Colbert provides supervision of health and human services staff and projects, has oversight of the RFP process at CPAC for County funding that CPAC RFP’s out and oversees the Management Assistance Program (MAP). Ms. Colbert facilitates the Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC) both locally and as a representative to the State Human Services Council. She also assists in preparation of the annual NOFA application to HUD and has oversight of the Homeless Network Planning Committee (HNPC) and Southern NJ Continuum of Care administrative functions.
Executive Director, Urban Promise
Jodina Hicks returned to Camden in 2010 to serve as executive director after previously working with the organization for 12 years. Jodina worked with founder Bruce Main in 1988 and initiated the adolescent programs, including the StreetLeader Program, UrbanPromise Academy, and various college preparation and performing arts activities. Jodina received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Eastern University and her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.
President and CEO, Latin American Economic Development Association
Mr. Lamboy assumed the position of President & CEO of LAEDA in December of 2007. After an exhaustive search, the Board of Directors recognized Mr. Lamboy as having the requisite skills and vision to lead LAEDA into the future. As a second generation owner of Lamboy Furniture Company, a family-owned business here in the City of Camden since 1970, Mr. Lamboy brings a unique prospective to the economic development mission of LAEDA. Mr. Lamboy believes that the future of the City of Camden rests in strengthening and growing the city's business community and empowering individuals to own their own businesses. Mr. Lamboy holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
Dr. Tyrone McCombs
Assistant Provost and Dean, Rowan University
A resident of Woolwich Township, McCombs joined Rowan at Camden in 2001 as associate dean. As chief academic officer of the Camden campus, McCombs oversees the growth of the campus. McCombs has worked to develop the first-ever cohort of educational leadership doctoral students based in Camden. The students, who begin classes this fall, are predominantly teachers and administrators working in Camden city schools. Additionally, McCombs is part of a committee developing a new elementary education major, offered solely in Camden, which will focus on preparing future teachers to work in urban school districts. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Rutgers University in 1991 and 1993 respectively and his doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.
Executive Director, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Michael E. Moynihan has more than 25 years of experience in the United Way network. In addition to serving as Executive Director of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) in Camden County, Mike also has worked at local United Ways in Jacksonville, Florida; Portland, Maine; and Baltimore, Maryland. Mike guides his staff of 7 and oversees more than 100 active, local volunteers, who strive to create real, lasting change here in the community. Mike's early experiences in the non-profit world would later influence his decision to pursue his bachelor's degree in Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University. Mike later earned his Master's of Social Work from Boston College, with concentrations in Community Organization and Social Planning. He also completed a two year fellowship in Community Building at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Camden Redevelopment Agency and City Planning Doctoral Candidate at The University of Pennsylvania
Josh Warner has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for 10 years. In that time, he has been a student, a teacher, a city planner, a dance instructor, a workshop facilitator, and a business owner. He holds a Masters degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and spent the last 8 years at the Camden Redevelopment Agency as a Planner and GIS Analyst. Josh has worked and served on the board of Young Involved Philadelphia, facilitates community forums with the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, and in his spare time can be seen on stage drumming with the Brazilian band PhillyBloco. His current research interests include micro-level economic development, informal economies, and the study of commercial revitalization.