ROI Influencers: People of Color 2021 — Difference Makers, K-M

Armond Kinsey
VP, chief diversity officer
Atlantic Health System

Takes the lead on diversity & inclusion strategy, the diversity council, supplier diversity, corporate social responsibility and other initiatives — with a special emphasis on diversity recruitment and retention efforts to ensure the staff represents the patients they care for.

Kris Kolluri
CEO and president
Camden Community Partnership

Kolluri is an expert in economic development, infrastructure management and operations, with experience running multibillion-dollar public transportation/economic development agencies. He previously has served in leadership roles throughout the region.

David Kountz
Co-chief academic officer and VP, academic diversity
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Kountz, who now serves on the National Board of Medical Examiners as a member-at-large, coordinates education programs and research across the network and with the leadership team from the school. 

Allison Ladd
Director of Economic and Housing Development

A key confidant of Mayor Ras Baraka, Ladd has been front and center on so many of the initiatives and grant programs geared toward creating more affordable housing in the city.

Rey Lambert
Lowenstein Sandler/Hispanic Bar Association

His work focuses on business disputes, class actions and international arbitrations — but his passion revolves around helping others. Son of Cuban immigrants, he gives back by organizing initiatives and addressing issues that affect the Hispanic community.

Raymond Lamboy
Latin American Economic Development Association

He has headed Camden-based LAEDA since 2007 — but does so from perspective of a business owner as the second-generation owner of Lamboy Furniture Co. Recently named to state’s Wealth Disparity Task Force.

Cecilia Lassiter
Member, co-chair of the State and Local Tax + Incentives Practice
Sills Cummis & Gross

One of the top real estate lawyers in the state, Lassiter also is president-elect of the Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey serves on the advisory boards of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber and the Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School.

Robert Lee
Director of community outreach

Lee continues to be an under-the-radar person who has a huge impact in Atlantic City. He serves as the go-to coordinator for the numerous community outreach projects that Jingoli undertakes. 

Lei Lei
Rutgers Business School

Lei is not just the head of the state’s top business school, she’s regularly voted one of the school’s top professors. She was the founding director of the Rutgers Center for Supply Chain Management and is considered a national thought leader on the subject.

Nadine Leslie

Widely considered one of the top CEOs in the state — and one of the few females of color to hold the position — Leslie has more than 25 years of industry experience in operations, management, compliance, client relations and due diligence.

Indu Lew
EVP, chief pharmacy officer
RWJBarnbas Health

Has been essential during pandemic, as she manages the pharmaceutical supply chain, ensures quality outcomes through performance improvement activities and works to optimize the overall pharmacy and patient care environments.

Eboneé Lewis
Associate general counsel – employment

In addition to her role as lead employment attorney for BD’s Interventional Segment, Lewis is part of a team that handles COVID-19 protocols for the medical technology company based in Franklin Lakes. She also co-leads its African Americans at BD Associate Resource Group. 

Michelle Machemer
VP and chief information officer
Horizon BCBSNJ

Machemer is in the driver’s seat of all things that Horizon is doing in the digital space, from online and app-based customer tools that create better user experiences to data and technology sharing innovations that better inform doctors, hospitals and pharmacists.

Jeffrey Martinez
EVP and retail territory executive for the East Territory
PNC Bank

Martinez, who serves as territory manager for the Eastern Region, a role that will have him overseeing more than 1,200 branches from Florida to New York, recently became a member of the board of trustees for the Statewide Hispanic Chamber. 

Rick Martinez
Founder and president
Senor Sangria

His product, which he started out making for friends, then began selling out of his car, is now widely available throughout the state. Martinez is ultimate example of an entrepreneur who became an overnight sensation after a decade of work.

Wendy Martinez
Atabey Consulting Group 

One of the state’s top political consultants in ethnic voter outreach and organizing, Martinez is passionate about the state’s growing immigrant communities. She also serves as public affairs director for the New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers.

Sabeen Masih
VP, public affairs
Capital Impact Group

Well-established for her work as public affairs expert, she serves as role model for the next generation of female leaders in Trenton.

Ramelle Massey
Owner and president
Massey Insurance Agency

Founded in 1975, her business has grown into the largest insurance agency in Newark, a full-service independent insurance and risk management firm specializing in commercial business and risk management insurance, as well as auto, home and personal insurance.

Tammy Mata
Chief diversity officer
Valley Bank

Mata, who practiced employment law for 15 years, partners closely with the executive leadership team and business lines to help drive awareness, commitment and accountability for Valley’s DEI initiatives, internally and externally.

Raghavan Mayur

You may not know his poll — but, if you’re a political junkie, you should. He doesn’t follow the traditional polling methods. Perhaps that’s why he’s arguably been the most accurate predictor of the last four presidential elections.

Davon McCurry
Deputy head of government and market affairs

A key hire for Ørsted, the experienced Trenton insider is responsible for understanding the multidimensional landscape of people and policies that shapes the offshore wind industry, as well as each project.

Lisa McFarlane
Executive director, laboratory services
Atlantic Health System

Under her leadership as director of laboratory services, Atlantic Health has been better positioned to test for COVID-19 variants, allowing the health system to streamline and facilitate care while also keeping caregivers and facilities safe.

Citi Medina

As the co-founder of =Space, he operates one of the only minority-owned incubators in New Jersey. He is also a leader in the LGBTQ and Latinx business communities. He is one of the most influential digital strategists in the state, working with many government organizations.

DeAnna Minus-Vincent
EVP, chief social justice and accountability officer
RWJBarnabas Health

A key player at RWJBH, Minus-Vincent was recently promoted to a new role, where she primarily will be focused on the importance of advancing the Ending Racism Together initiative, for both the institution and surrounding communities.

Siree Morris
MCI Property Management and Construction

Morris is an active minority builder in Newark, helping to bring much-needed affordable housing to the city while serving as a you-have-to-see-it-to-be-it example for a next generation of developers who are people of color.

Kimberly Mutcherson
Rutgers Law – Camden

A graduate of Columbia Law School, her scholarly work often revolves around the intersection of family law, health law and bioethics. She also writes on issues related to reproductive justice.

Vincent Myers
President and co-founding member
DIGroup Architecture

Had two big recent events: The ribbon-cutting of Camden’s new $133 million high school (the latest school project his company has completed) and the publishing of “The Business Case for Sustainable Spaces,” where he addresses sustainable development.

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