Kimberly McLain is Chief Executive Officer of the Newark Alliance. In this role, she sets the strategic vision for the organization and leads its work in partnership with state and local stakeholders to improve education, employment and economic opportunities in Newark.
Peter Cordrey is a Managing Director and Head of Product Management and Distribution at Prudential Fixed Income. Previously, Mr. Cordrey was Head of Alternative Investments, responsible for all fixed income long/short strategies as well as the Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) Platform. Earlier, Mr. Cordrey was Head of the Global Liquidity Sector Team, the group responsible for managing US government and foreign government securities, US mortgage-backed securities, and fixed income derivative products. Prior to joining Prudential Financial in 1996, Mr. Cordrey spent nine years at Merrill Lynch, trading U.S. Government Securities. He has served as Board Member and President of Summit Youth Lacrosse Club, where he has coached for over 20 years. Together with his family, they have fostered children for over a decade on behalf of NJ DCF. Mr. Cordrey received an AB in Economics from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University.
Sally Dunlap Booth is a life-long resident of Bernards Township. She graduated from Ridge High School in 1978, worked for Representative Millicent Fenwick in 1982, served on the Bernards Township Board of Education from 1994-1997. She was a member of the Municipal Alliance, served as the program director for the Somerset Hills League of Women Voters and was a legislative affairs representative for the Junior League of Morristown.
Mrs. Booth holds a BA in political science from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and a master’s degree in education from St. Elizabeth College, Convent Station, New Jersey. Prior from becoming a teacher, Mrs. Booth worked in public relations for Adidas, USA and other fortune 500 companies. In 2003, she became a teacher and has taught history and English in private, public and charter schools. She is currently a public school teacher in Somerville and serves on the Board of Trustees for BRICK Academy in Newark, New Jersey.
Melanie has served as Intellectual Property Counsel for Engelhard Corporation – now part of BASF Corporation. Since March 2010, she has been responsible for BASF’s IP operations at Florham Park, New Jersey
and Tarrytown, New York and leads a team of 4 patent attorneys, a patent agent, and support staff. Melanie reports to BASF’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President.
Melanie also serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for BASF Corporation and in 2011; the Pro Bono Partnership honored her with an Individual Volunteer of the Year Award for her pro bono work.
Before joining Engelhard, Melanie was an IP attorney at Honeywell International Inc. for 15 years and had worldwide responsibility for IP matters of various Engineered Materials businesses. She assumed roles of increasing responsibility including heading the IP function for the fibers business in Richmond, VA.
Melanie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1979 and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Capital University Law School in 1985. She is licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and in Ohio and New Jersey.
She is a member of the North Branch Reformed Church, Bridgewater, New Jersey and serves on the Preschool Advisory Board. She also does fundraising for non-profit Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in addition to adopting their rescues.
Fatimah Burnam-Watkins grew up in the Garden State. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Fatimah taught high school humanities as a 2001 Teach For America corps member in Baltimore while also working towards a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University. In 2003, Fatimah joined Teach For America staff where she worked in NYC as a Program Director and later joined the Teacher Preparation Team where she helped launch the 2005-charter Philadelphia institute. Fatimah quickly transitioned to lead Teach For America’s training institute in Philadelphia as the Institute Director, overseeing the training and support of over 900 teachers and 250 staff members; a capacity she held for 3 years.
In her current role as Executive Director of Teach For America- Greater Newark region, Fatimah is responsible for maximizing the organization’s impact in Greater Newark by working to grow Teach For America’s presence in the community, ensuring effectiveness of corps members and building a sustainable base of financial support.
Gary DeBode founded Gallium Real Estate in 2015 to co-invest in and develop multi-family residential and self-storage projects.
Prior to leading Gallium, Gary led Edison Properties, a real estate development and operating company which ownsand operates Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison ParkFast. Most recent title was CEO, having worked in the business for 22 years.
While at Edison, he led teams in the development of eight Manhattan Mini Storage projects totaling over 1.5 million square feet; repositioning of the Hippodrome Building (1120 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY) while 90% occupied, and led a team in the development and construction of The Ludlow, an 80/20, 243 unit multi-family project in the lower east side of Manhattan.
Worked for Tishman Realty and Construction as a Project Engineer on commercial projects in Atlantic City, Jersey City and Manhattan. Served as Lieutenant in U.S. Navy as a Naval Submarine Officer and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Engineer.
Director, Process Management at Prudential Financial
Matthew H. (Matt) Malloy, is a Managing Director, head of the Institutional business and a member of the firm wide Operating Committee at Neuberger Berman LLC. Matt joined Neuberger Berman in 2015 from J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he was Global Head of the Institutional Solutions Group. Prior to J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Matt was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management; and worked as a Managing Director in Financial Institutions Investment Banking with UBS Investment Bank and Merrill Lynch. Matt has over twenty years of investment management and investment banking experience. He holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Matt resides in Mendham, NJ with his wife and three children.
A writer, Ms. Mazarakis is a former consultant in the areas of organizational development, community economic development, and nonprofit management. In this role, she worked extensively with organizations such as Community Development Solutions, Inc., the New York Community Trust, AmeriCorps, the Clinton Global Initiative, and The New School for Social Research, among others.
She previously served as the Executive Director of the Montclair Economic Development Corporation and as a Program Director for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. Key government experience includes senior leadership positions at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Ms. Mazarakis is a National Board Member of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations, as well as Chair of its Regional Support Committee and founding Co-Chair of its Northern NJ Committee. She has also held volunteer leadership roles on the School Action Team for Montclair High School, the Princeton University Class of 1984 Memorial Fund, and the Montclair Housing Commission.
Ms. Mazarakis earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Princeton University and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Aaron is the Senior Program Officer at The MCJ Amelior Foundation where she manages the education portfolio of investments. Prior to joining MCJ, Aaron worked as Program Officer at the Foundation for Newark’s Future.
Aaron joined the foundation world after eight years working at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in a variety of roles. For four years, Aaron led the Office of School Redesign where she spearheaded the effort to standardize how more than 20 large, comprehensive secondary schools restructured into Small Learning Communities with theme-based, semi-autonomous academies. Her work included managing over $17M in federal and philanthropic grants and establishing a framework, implementation rubric, and targeted professional development to support schools in their improvement efforts. New York City’s work in this area was recognized as a national model of promising practice.
Later, Aaron worked with the NYCDOE’s Chief Operating Officer to provide oversight for the implementation of strategic priorities in the Division of Community Engagement, the Office of Family Information and Action, and the Panel for Educational Policy. She also coordinated a strategic communications plan for the NYCDOE that served as a blueprint for NYC’s education campaign. Prior to leaving the Department, Aaron led a major leadership pipeline program designed to develop the capacity of teachers to lead their peers and to increase the number and preparedness of teacher leaders ready to take on school-wide leadership positions.
Before to joining the NYCDOE, she managed national children’s literacy grants at Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and traveled the country to monitor and support program implementation in schools and communities.
Aaron’s commitment to education began after college as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Las Cruces, NM where she served as a literacy tutor and school-to-family liaison to help bridge the gap between school and home learning.
Aaron lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband, two daughters, and old dog.