Governing Board Members

Michael Chajes, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware

Chris Duke, Senior Associate, Becker Morgan Group, Inc.

Carla Grygiel, Executive Director, Newark Senior Center

Marge Hadden, City of Newark Resident

Donna Hoke, Owner, Unique Impressions

Bryan Horsey, Manager, External Affairs & Operations at Bloom Energy

George Irvine, Interim Associate Vice Provost, Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Delaware

Paul Keely, Owner, King Print & Promo

Chris Locke, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Lang Development

Roy Lopata, City of Newark Resident 

Linda Majewski, Executive Director, Newark Arts Alliance

Heidi Martelock, Site Manager, Wilmington Area Labs, Chemours

Carol McKelvey, City of Newark Resident

Lee Mikles, Owner, Grain on Main 

Mark Morehead, City Councilman, City of Newark 

Meghan Mullennix, Undergraduate Student Government Association, University of Delaware 

Mike Ratchford, Government Relations Associate, WL Gore

Dan Rich, Director,Community Engagement Initiative, University of Delaware  

Polly Sierer, Mayor, City of Newark 

Katalin Takacs Haynes, Associate Faculty Director for MBA Programs, University of Delaware 

Brian Tharan, Digital Marketing Coordinator and Creative Director, Newark Toyota World

Max Walton, Managing Partner and Chair of Government Practice, Connolly Gallagher LLP

Freeman Williams, NAACP Newark Chapter


University of Delaware Staff Support

Valerie Lane, Administrative Coordinator, Community Engagement Initiative, (vallane@udel.edu)

Leann Moore, Assistant Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration (lmoore@udel.edu)

Jennifer Daniels, Ph.D. Student

Danielle Metcalfe, Master’s in Public Administration Student


Thank you to our local community organizations that host meetings!

Newark Senior Center

Newark Arts Alliance

Newark High School

Newark Toyota World

University of Delaware