Curry named VP of comms, DEI at NRBP

Maya Curry has been named vice president, communication and diversity, equity and inclusion, by the Newark Regional Business Partnership, the organization announced Monday.

Curry, a native of Newark, has been the group’s director of communications since 2017. She joined NRBP in 2013 on a part-time basis as a communications assistant after earning her degree at Montclair State University. The promotion is effective immediately.

Calvin Ledford Jr., the board chair of NRBP who also serves as president of the PSEG Foundation and director of PSEG Corporate Social Responsibility, said Curry has proven her value to the organization.

“The board of directors recognizes Maya’s increasing contributions to NRBP’s success, appreciates her talents and heartily endorses her promotion,” he said. “The pandemic has reinforced the importance of timely and useful information, and her performance under challenging circumstances has been outstanding.”

Curry said she was thrilled by the promotion.

About NRBP

Newark Regional Business Partnership is the preeminent member-based organization connecting businesses in the Greater Newark region. The group includes nearly 400 corporations, professional firms, small businesses, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

“I am excited to continue contributing to our members’ success and promoting the value of and need for DEI in the workplace and the community at large,” she said. “I look forward to bringing enhanced programs and opportunities to further NRBP’s mission to connect business for a greater Newark.”

CEO Chip Hallock said Curry is an asset to the group.

“Maya’s enthusiasm for her home city and its residents is reflected in her diligent work on behalf of our members,” he said. “In addition to her most essential communications responsibilities, she has become adept at facilitating member connections while assuming increased programming duties.”

Chief Operating Officer Barbara Kauffman agreed.

“Maya was instrumental in beginning our diversity, equity and inclusion initiative nearly four years ago,” she said. “Her experience, approach and perspective have been invaluable to our organization, and I know our members will continue to benefit from her insight and creativity.”