Newark Alliance’s Weiss to join New Jersey Community Capital board
New Brunswick-based New Jersey Community Capital welcomes Evan Weiss, CEO and chairman of the Newark Alliance, to its board of directors and Vanessa Quijano as director of communications, according to an announcement on Monday.
Weiss currently heads the Newark Alliance, which is driving inclusive economic growth in New Jersey’s largest city.
Weiss joins seven existing board members, including executives from JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, BlackRock Alternative Investors, M&T Bank, Hudson County Economic Development Corp. and St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society of Camden.
“We are thrilled to have Evan join our board because we know he will bring tremendous political vision that will strengthen economic opportunity for the businesses we serve,” said Bernel Hall, CEO and President of New Jersey Community. Capital. “Evan’s experience in designing innovative solutions to issues plaguing urban communities adds invaluable perspective to our diverse board.”
Before joining the Newark Alliance last year, Weiss served as senior finance and major projects adviser to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Prior to the governor’s administration, Weiss served as a director of the Pennsylvania Economy League and HJA Strategies, where he specialized in developing and implementing turnaround strategies for struggling cities and school districts, including for the City of Newark, Newark, Scranton, Atlantic City and Trenton Public Schools.
Meanwhile, Quijano joins NJCC from Invest Newark, where she served as senior vice president of business development. In this role, she led the organization serving small businesses and entrepreneurs in the city of Newark with access to technical assistance, training and access to capital. She also successfully managed communications and public relations for Invest Newark, elevating the brand and promoting campaigns such as the launch of Newark Land Bank, the Section 8 Property Conversion Program, Newark Restaurant Week and business development training programs such as Language of Capital, Newark Tech Expo and MWBE Certification Expo.
Additionally, Quijano managed the growth of the Newark Fiber program, the city’s low-cost, high-speed Internet service provider based on fiber infrastructure, and oversaw Smart City initiatives.
Prior to Invest Newark, Quijano ran the Small Business Services division of the Jersey City Economic Development Corp., where she advised entrepreneurs and small business owners on all aspects of starting, owning and managing a business. Previously, she managed the corporate brand of BASF – the Chemical Co. in North America and worked at Engelhard Corp., where she practiced internal communications, marketing communications and public relations and produced six annual reports award-winning.