Carstarphen, McDonough named co-chairs of Camden Community Partnership

The Camden Community Partnership recently announced its newly elected officers for 2023, including co-Chairs Victor Carstarphen (mayor of Camden) and Mark McDonough (president of New Jersey American Water).

The group also announced that Philadelphia 76ers Chief Operating Officer Lara Price had been elected as vice chair, Campbell Soup Co. Vice President and Treasurer Atul Garg had been elected treasurer and IJB Electrical Contractor owner Ibrahim Brenham had been elected secretary.

The 42-member CCP board of directors also welcomed Carstarphen and Jeff Nash (CEO of Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, Camden County commissioner and vice chairman of Delaware River Port Authority) as the newest CCP board members.

The meeting went on to cover CCP’s new initiatives and strategic investments in the areas of business development, transportation, job creation, community initiatives, infrastructure, park improvements and the adoption of the CCP 2023 budget.

Camden Community Partnership CEO and President Dana Redd thanked the board for its work.

“I would like to congratulate our board members, including our newly appointed officers for 2023,” she said. “I am also grateful for my reappointment to the position of president and CEO.

“I have always been a strong believer that, to whom much is given, much is expected in return. It is truly a privilege to lead the work of Camden Community Partnership and to advance the incredible revitalization taking place throughout the city. I look forward to working alongside our outstanding board of directors and staff as we continue to make tangible change in the lives of Camden residents.”

Carstarphen said he is eager to get to work.

I am a big believer in teamwork and the Camden Community Partnership board of directors is an amazing group of partners,” he said. “I am confident in CCP’s ability to leverage key partnerships as we transform the city and positively impact outcomes for Camden’s children, youth and families.

“As mayor and in my capacity as CCP co-chair, I remain committed to building confidence in Camden, restoring pride in our community and enhancing the quality of life for residents, businesses and stakeholders citywide.”

McDonough agreed.

“I am delighted to continue serving as a CCP board member in my new capacity as co-chair,” he said. “I look forward to working alongside our two newest board members, Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen and CEO of Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors Jeff Nash. I feel the right leadership team is in place and fully support the vision of our outstanding president and CEO, Dana Redd.”

Price said she is thrilled that the group aligns with a greater vision of equity.

“I am proud to serve as vice chair of Camden Community Partnership, an organization advancing social equity throughout the city’s neighborhoods,” she said. “We have a dynamic board of directors and Executive Leadership Team skilled at managing large-scale economic development projects and supporting resident-driven neighborhood plans which benefit the children, youth and families of Camden.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the board and our CEO, Dana Redd, to promote the growth of a more vibrant city.”