Staci Berger, Executive Director, ext. 17
Nina Arce, Media Coordinator, ext. 12
Arnold Cohen, Policy Coordinator, ext. 16
Chasity Davis, Executive Assistant, ext. 37
Owen Fletcher, Community Building Coordinator, ext. 13
Patricia Mumola, Director of Administration, ext. 32
Gloria Orellana, Operations and Program Support Specialist, ext. 10
Leonard Robbins, Director of Housing Development Newark Office
(973) 286-0086, ext. 1
Network Staff Biographies
Staci Berger, Executive Director -As the newly appointed Executive Director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, Staci Berger directs this statewide association of over 150 community-based development organizations, created in 1989 to enhance the efforts of these groups to create affordable housing and revitalize their communities, and to improve the climate for community development in New Jersey. Before becoming the Executive Director, Ms. Berger served as the Director of Advocacy & Policy. In this role she was responsible for leading the community development policy staff team, including working with the Policy Coordinator and field organizers, to broaden and mobilize support for the Network’s public policy agenda. Prior to joining the Network, Ms. Berger worked for nine years with New Jersey Citizen Action where she went from being an organizer to the Political and Legislative Director. As the Political and Legislative Director, she devised and implemented political, legislative, and electoral strategy for the state’s largest non-profit, non-partisan independent watchdog coalition. She received her Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University in 2004. Ms. Berger has served as a associate trainer for the Midwest Academy, a leading national training institute for the progressive movement, and worked as a labor organizer with the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO. She lives with her husband and two sons in Middlesex County.
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Nina Arce, Media Coordinator - Responsible for coordinating the Network's overall media and outreach communication efforts with members, supporters and media representatives. Prior to joining the Network in 2010, Nina worked five years as a Public Relations Coordinator for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She holds a bachelor's of science degree in public policy from Penn State University. During her time at Penn State, Nina interned with the Harristown Development Corporation in Harrisburg, PA, helping to market their downtown redevelopment plan and providing research analysis.
Arnold Cohen, Policy Coordinator - Responsible for coordinating the Network’s public policy advocacy and education activities. Arnold joined the Network in 1994, prior to which he worked in organizing grassroots and statewide public policy campaigns in the areas of affordable housing, early childhood education, health care, and environmental justice. In addition to his work at the Network, Arnold sits on the boards of the Coalition for Affordable Housing and the Environment and the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and is a member of the Anti-Poverty Network Steering Committee.
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Chasity Davis, Executive Assistant - Responsible for providing administrative support to the executive director and the managing director. Before joining the Network in 2007, Chasity was employed by Fannie Mae New Jersey in its New Brunswick office and brings to her position knowledge of housing issues and a familiarity with many Network members.
Owen Fletcher, Community Building Coordinator - Responsible for providing members with targeted policy and technical assistance at the local level to help them reach their goals regarding equitable urban revitalization and community development. Owen joined the Network in 2013, prior to which he served as Democratic Aide to various Assembly Committees including: Housing and Local Government; Human Services; and State Government. He joined the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office in 2008 after working as a legislative aide for Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green. Owen holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and received his law degree from Rutgers School of Law, Newark and is admitted to the bar in New Jersey.While attending law school, Mr. Fletcher served as a summer intern with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, a law clerk with the Union County Counsel’s Office’s Division of Social Services and a legal intern with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. After law school, Mr. Fletcher served as a law clerk to a Criminal Division Superior Court judge in Essex County, as well as an associate in private practice specializing in housing, redevelopment, and public contracts law. He also serves on the Plainfield Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, serving two terms as vice-chair and two as Chair.
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Pat Mumola, Director of Administration - Responsible for office administration, human resources, vendor procurement, property management, accounts payables/receivables and administering employee benefits. Prior to joining the Network in 2002, Pat was employed by the Camden Empowerment Zone and the NJ Economic Development Authority’s Urban Programs Division where she worked with non-profits throughout New Jersey.
Gloria Orellana, Operations and Program Support Specialist - Responsible for carrying out the technical and administrative functions supporting Network Operations and Programs. Prior to joining the Network, Gloria worked with mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations, helping them to streamline their internal processes, as a software business professional. She has also been an active and key volunteer for organizations such as HiTops and Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health, based out of Princeton, NJ. Gloria holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Sociology from Rutgers University.
Leonard Robbins, Director of Housing Development - Responsible for the development and delivery of housing related training and technical assistance programs for the Network. Prior to joining the Network in 1998, Lenny served as the Director of the Vailsburg Improvement Program at Unified Vailsburg Services Organization, a nonprofit multi-service organization serving the West Ward of Newark. He also has worked as a private developer, in New Jersey, as well as a construction specialist and neighborhood director of nonprofit housing agencies in and Syracuse and New York City. Lenny is an NDC Housing Development Finance Professional, graduate of the Network’s Housing Development Training Program and active member of the Newark Community Development Network.