CRDA names former A.C. official as Farias’ replacement in deputy exec. director role

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has named a former Atlantic City municipal official as its new deputy executive director, it announced.

Maisha Y. Moore had been chief of staff to a former mayor of the city, filling a crucial role in the municipal government, and has nearly a decade of experience in government work. She directed the day-to-day operations of the mayor’s office as chief of staff, and guided city hall department processes and functions, as well as collaborating with statewide stakeholders.

Prior to her time with the city, she worked in the nonprofit sector and for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

About the CRDA

The only agency of its kind nationwide, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall and the Atlantic City Convention Center.

“We are excited to welcome Mrs. Moore to CRDA,” Executive Director Sean Pattwell said in a prepared statement. “She brings nearly 10 years of work experience in municipal and state government, and will be proactive in promoting economic and community development initiatives in Atlantic City and throughout the region.”

She replaces Rosa Farias, who left the CRDA in March to become a senior policy adviser to new state Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden).

“We are excited to have Maisha join our team,” CRDA board Chairman Mo Butler said in a statement. “Together with our new executive director, Sean Pattwell, this dynamic leadership team will bring renewed energy to CRDA as we focus on initiatives that will revitalize Atlantic City and the surrounding communities.”

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania in 2009. A lifelong resident of Atlantic County, she lives in Pleasantville with her husband and two daughters.