Andrea Mason, an expert in community outreach and city operations, has been named business operations officer for Invest Newark, the group announced Tuesday.
In her role, she will work with CEO Marcus Randolph to oversee the daily operations of multiple departments to ensure success. She also ensures that residents and the business community are aware of the many programs Invest Newark offers.
About Invest Newark
Invest Newark, the city of Newark’s Economic Development Corporation, propels the City’s strong and diverse economy, builds vibrant communities, and creates opportunities for all Newarkers. Invest Newark supports small, women and minority-owned businesses, invests in world-class internet service, spurs real estate development and executes economic development activities to produce and sustain economic growth, generate jobs and create wealth for the citizens of Newark.
Mason, a Newark native and resident, worked in the city of Newark’s Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs for 15 years until becoming the South Ward Aide to Mayor Ras Baraka in 2016.
In 2018, Mason was appointed as the first senior manager of the Newark People’s Assembly, a newly created division within the mayor’s office. There, her office served as the liaison between the community at-large and the mayor, administration and department leaders.
Mason said she’s eager to get started.
“I have always had a deep love for this city and its people,” she said. “Joining Invest Newark lets me combine my passion for the community and its development while empowering residents. Together, we’ll build a stronger Newark, where there are endless opportunities, and everyone thrives. I’m honored to be part of Invest Newark’s mission, and I’m excited for the positive impact we’ll create together while moving Newark Forward.”
Randolph said the organization is happy to have her.
“Her impressive background and deep connection to Newark significantly strengthen our mission, and we are excited to collaborate with her in making a positive and lasting impact on Newark’s future,” he said.