Dana Redd is President/CEO of Camden Community Partnership, Inc. a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the catalyst for the preservation and growth of a vibrant Camden. In this role, Ms. Redd is the key management leader responsible for implementing the strategic plan and managing a diversified special project portfolio, including neighborhood initiatives, public infrastructure, and business development. She is charged with overseeing the administration, annual budget, board development, fundraising, and creating public-private partnerships.
Dana has worked in various positions from local government to the New Jersey State Senate, most recently serving as CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. As former CEO, Ms. Redd was responsible for board operations, construction, and management of a 95,000-square-foot Joint Health Sciences Center. Ms. Redd worked to develop programmatic and policy initiatives that reflected the Board’s mission and overarching objectives of education, economic development, and civic engagement. She led the creation of the innovative South Jersey Institute for Population Health and secured $4.5 million in state funding for new health initiatives, including population health research, workforce development, and STEM training programs for Camden youth.
While serving as Mayor of Camden, she successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. Camden emerged as a national model for urban recovery in America during her tenure. Redd rallied a coalition of citizens, community organizations, faith-based leaders, businesses, universities, healthcare providers, state officials, and local government entities to improve the quality of life for Camden residents.
Under her leadership as mayor, Camden posted significant improvements in public safety statistics with the creation of the Camden County Police Department’s Metro Division and its commitment to community policing. Redd led a full state intervention in the Camden City School District to improve academic outcomes for urban youth. Redd leveraged and attracted $2.5 billion in public/private investment to stimulate economic growth and job creation. Upon completing her term as mayor, Camden achieved a Standard & Poor credit rating of BBB+, a first in more than 15 years.
Before she was elected Camden mayor in 2009, Redd represented New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District as a state senator, where she served on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee for Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. She co-sponsored and secured the passage of $3.9 billion in new school construction for New Jersey’s Abbott School Districts. Redd sponsored legislation creating the Homeless Trust Fund.
Dana Redd is a graduate of Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey (Camden Campus) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University.