Brookdale CC Foundation adds three business leaders to board

Joseph Cangelosi, Oscar Rodrigo Diaz and Kyle McGrady were named to the Board of Trustees of the Brookdale Community College Foundation, the group announced Monday.

The Brookdale Community College Foundation is a vital philanthropic resource that supports Brookdale Community College’s mission of providing accessible, affordable, and high-quality education to students from diverse backgrounds. By securing private support, the foundation is pivotal in fostering student success through scholarships, grants, and innovative programs.

Last year the foundation provided $620,000 in scholarships and grants to support students in their educational journeys.

The foundation feels the three business leaders from Monmouth County bring diverse experiences and a shared commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission of providing scholarships to deserving students, enabling them to pursue higher education and create a brighter future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

“On behalf of the entire Brookdale Community College Foundation Board, I am delighted to welcome Oscar, Joseph, and Kyle to the Brookdale family,” President Julia Zapcics said. “Their commitment to advancing access to education aligns perfectly with the values we hold dear at the Foundation.”

A look at the three new members:

Cangelosi: A banking veteran with more than 16 years of experience at Provident Bank, he currently serves as VP, commercial lender. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island graduating cum laude. He credits Brookdale for being there when he needed it for a class one summer. Cangelosi is actively involved in ice hockey leagues with his CBA teammates and alums and is committed to his community serving on various initiatives.

Rodrigo Diaz: An administrative supervisor of curriculum and istruction at the Freehold Regional High School District, he brings a strong commitment to expanding access and opportunities in secondary and technical & career education, Diaz strives to ensure students become college and career ready and he empower individuals to enter the labor force and thrive in the economy. He has a special connection to Brookdale, having received his associate degree from the college.

McGrady: A senior principal at Eagle Point Credit Management, he brings his expertise in investments and capital raising to the board. He has a strong background in the financial industry, having served as a Director of Business Development at ZAIS and as a portfolio manager specializing in structured credit investments. McGrady devotes his free time to giving back to the community as he also serves on the board of First Tee of Jersey Shore and Rutgers Road to Wall Street Program.