Our Staff

Irene Cooper-Basch - Executive Officer & Secretary of the Board

Dr. Cooper-Basch joined Victoria Foundation in 2003 and has served as its director since 2006. She has spent the past 25 years in philanthropy, with a deep commitment to address the needs of children and families living in low-income urban communities. Before coming to Victoria, Irene spent six year...

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Craig Drinkard - Associate Director

Born and raised in Newark, Craig’s career includes stints with the federal government, the private sector, and for the past 20 years with non-profit and philanthropic organizations. For the past 12 years, he has served in several roles at the Victoria Foundation. Craig serves on a number of non-pr...

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Joseph Matara - Director of Finance & Administration

Joseph has spent the last 20 years in community development; mostly in Newark. He has spent some time in Kenya developing schools for children in the informal settlements and is the founder of GRACE Project, a not-for-profit organization that is providing opportunities in education, healthcare and v...

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Stephanie Greenwood - Program Officer

Stephanie has lived and worked in Newark since 2007, serving in city government for eight years before coming to the Victoria Foundation in 2014. As a city staffer, she helped coordinate a countywide response to the foreclosure crisis and secured and managed major federal grants for reclaiming aband...

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Mateus Baptista - Program Officer

A native of Newark, NJ, Mateus Baptista previously served as Policy Advisor to Mayor Ras J. Baraka. At City Hall, Mateus advised the mayor on public policy and strategic initiatives, particularly the transition of Newark’s public schools from state to local control, and the direction of The Childr...

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Chasity Davis - Office Administrator

Chasity brings over 18 years of administrative support experience in the nonprofit field. Chasity previously co-administered a grants recovery/ rebuilding program as the Sandy Recovery Associate with New Jersey Community Capital, focusing on efforts to help NJ residents   cdavis@victoriaf...

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Erin Johnstone - Grants Manager

Erin Johnstone is thrilled to be a new member of Victoria Foundation.  Prior to joining the VF team, Erin worked as a Program Officer for The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action, in Boston, MA. Her varied experience includes securing federal funding for dental research ...

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Jessica Debrah - Program Associate

Prior to joining Victoria Foundation, Jessica interned with the Audible Theater team where she managed the operational needs of the department and has been an Audible Scholar since 2013.   She graduated Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. As a recipient o...

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Location

Victoria Foundation
31 Mulberry Street, 5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Contact

Ph. 973-792-9200
Fax 973-792-1300
e-mail info@victoriafoundation.org

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