Seasoned financial and political expert to lead Newark’s non-profit organization committed to business and economic development
October 15, 2021
The Newark Alliance, a leading nonprofit dedicated to the ongoing economic revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city, has appointed Evan S. Weiss as its new CEO. Currently a senior advisor for financial and strategic projects to Governor Phil Murphy, Weiss will take up his new role on December 1.
âThe Newark Alliance is winning over one of the most trusted and gifted economic development minds in Garden State,â Governor Murphy said. âEvan is a versatile professional who has helped our state develop and execute highly innovative business growth, infrastructure and economic development programs, especially as we began our recovery from the economic ravages of the pandemic of COVID-19. We wish Evan nothing but the best as he advances in his career.
In his role in the Murphy administration, Weiss managed the statewide deployment of economic and infrastructure components of $ 10 billion of federal stimulus packages to state and local governments. He was also responsible for creating and implementing the NJ’s more than $ 600 million COVID-19 economic, community and housing stimulus programs, which included rent and mortgage assistance, a small business aid and the first contractor warranty program in the United States.
Throughout his tenure in state government, Weiss has advised on funding for all major infrastructure and affordable housing initiatives and successfully led efforts to create a funding plan for the Gateway Tunnel and the first purpose-built offshore wind port in the United States.
Prior to joining the Murphy administration, Weiss was the founding director of PEL Analytics, a division of the Pennsylvania Economy League, where he helped several states establish opportunity zone programs and develop strategic plans and initiatives for large cities like Philadelphia, Trenton and Scranton.
Weiss was also a senior analyst at HJA Strategies, where he played a key role in the developing the tax and incentive portion of Newark’s bid to become the site of Amazon’s second global headquarters and served as the primary budgetary and operational advisor to Newark’s public schools during the district’s transition to local control.
âI look forward to working with Evan as he assumes leadership of the Newark Alliance,â said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. âHis skills and keen eye in the areas of economic and business development will be an invaluable asset as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild Newark’s economic vitality. “
âWe are delighted to welcome Evan as the new CEO of the Newark Alliance. His strong economic background and extensive experience working with the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey will enable him to serve the Newark Alliance, its members and our partners in the future, âsaid Lata Reddy, Chairman of the Board of administration of the Newark Alliance. and senior vice president of inclusive solutions at Prudential Financial.
âI am delighted and honored to join the Newark Alliance at this critical juncture in the city’s trajectory,â said Weiss, newly appointed CEO. âBy working collaboratively with our members and board of directors, city leaders and a diverse community of stakeholders, the Newark Alliance will continue to play a key role in realizing the vision of inclusive economic growth at Newark. “
Weiss graduated in 2013 from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is fluent in German and is a passionate civic volunteer.
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