Advisory Committee Members
Marge Caldwell-WilsonCommittee Member, Trenton Northward City Councilwoman
Marge Caldwell-Wilson was elected to Trenton City Council in June 2010 to represent the residents of the Northward.
Marge graduated from the University of Glasglow in the United Kingdom and continued her education at Rutger's Graduate School of Social Work.
Marge retired from the State of New Jersey after serving in various capacities with External Affairs Coordinator for the New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission being the latest.Read Bio
Dr. Adela Ames-LopezCommittee Member, Trenton's Director of Health & Human ServicesRead Bio
Brandon McCoyCommittee Member
Brandon McKoy, President, is the chief executive of NJPP and leads the organization's efforts in shaping policy debates to advance economic justice for the many, not a chosen few. Prior to being named President of NJPP in February 2019, Brandon served as NJPP's Director of Government and Public Affairs, where he designed and implemented the organization's outreach, advocacy, and government relations activities. He also produces timely, credible and accessible research and analysis on issues including, but not limited to, economic security, the social safety net and economic opportunity.
Brandon’s research interests include: state tax policy, the minimum wage, paid sick leave, the earned income tax credit, urban planning and criminal justice.
Before joining NJPP in August 2014 as a national fellow under the State Priorities Partnership’s and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ state policy fellowship program, Brandon worked as a Program Associate at The Fund for New Jersey, where he assisted in grantmaking on public policy issues that particularly affect low-income and minority populations in New Jersey. He also worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at HANDS, Inc., a community development corporation in New Jersey, where he worked to mitigate the negative impact of foreclosures and increase citizen participation in local decision-making.
Brandon formerly served as the Deputy Chapter Director of New Leaders Council – New Jersey and is an alumnus of the 2013 fellows class. He currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Work Environment Council, Shelterforce and the I Am Trenton Community Foundation. He received a MA in City & Regional Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and holds a BS degree in Social Psychology from The College of New Jersey.Read Bio
Debbie ParksCommittee Member
Hailing from Hamilton, Debbie Parks was elected an International Vice President of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in January 2018. Having served as vice president of AFSCME Council 73, Parks’ calling to take on a larger role within the organization led her to become president of Council 73 for several years until the formation of AFSCME New Jersey. She became a field coordinator for AFSCME New Jersey in 2017. Parks originally joined AFSCME in 1982.Read Bio
Andre McNairCommittee Member
Andre McNair is a local entrepreneur of October's Vintage, a growing fashion brand known for their custom face masks. Two years prior to the pandemic McNair began designing face masks as a fashion statement unforeseen to any health precaution. During the COVID-19 pandemic, McNair saw his business blossom as the Trenton community supported one of their own in the fight against COVID-19. Mayor Gusciora, Governor Murphy, and many other Trenton employees and New Jersey officials have been seen wearing their custom, October's Vintage masks.Read Bio
Elvin MonteroCommittee Member
Elvin Montero is the director of communications and issues management for the Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ). Since 2004, he has served as spokesperson for the $25 billion chemistry industry in NJ and has been responsible for managing all public and media relations for CCNJ, member relations, and organized industry-sponsored events, including the Council’s annual conferences.
Elvin currently serves as deputy political director of the Trenton Municipal Democratic Committee and is the Democratic Committeeman for Trenton’s East Ward, District 5.
In 2019, through LGBTQ+ Trenton, Elvin Montero in partnership with the City of Trenton organized the city’s first LGBTQ street festival, which welcomed more than 1000 people to celebrate equality and diversity in Trenton.
Elvin, a native of Trenton, New Jersey, is serving his third term as president of the Icehouse Homeowners Association, representing 19 homes in the redeveloped former Saxony Ice Co. property on Swan Street.Read Bio
Shereyl SniderCommittee Member
Ms. Shereyl Snider joined East Trenton Collaborative in 2019 as a Community Organizer. Ms. Snider is a long-term resident of the East Trenton neighborhood but is originally a New Yorker who moved to Trenton in 2003 to take care of her father.
Ms. Snider’s responsibilities with ETC include bringing together persons with and from different and diverse backgrounds to work for a common cause, creating dynamic leadership- giving voice to the voiceless, developing a robust commercial and residential community, facilitating events that build relationships with governmental agencies- key decisions makers, referral and resources, leadership development, and organizing issue-based campaigns with residents.
After moving to Trenton, she earned an Associate’s Degree in Early Child Care from Mercer County Community College. As a neighborhood resident and volunteer at the East Trenton Collaborative, she learned how to organize in her community.Read Bio
Wahab "Wale" OnitiriCommittee Member, Trenton's Director of Public Works
Mr. Onitiri currently serves as Director of Public Works for the City of Trenton. Throughout his career, Mr. Onitiri has developed a wealth of experience in services that ensure the achievement of tangible goals and objectives and executive-level management and supervision.
Mr. Onitiri served in many capacities with the City. He previously served as Manager of Public Property, Superintendent for the City’s Streets Division, Maintenance Superintendent for the Division of Public Property, and Social Worker.
Mr. Onitiri has completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Personnel & Human Resource Management from East State Texas University. He has completed various fellows programs, including Leadership Development and Continuing Development at Rutgers University. He also received certifications for Compost Operator & Recycling, Advanced Infrastructure & Transportation, Asphalt Technologies.Read Bio
Rick KavinCommittee Member, Mayor's Director of Policy
Adam CruzCommittee Member, Trenton's Business Administrator
Appointed in 2018, Adam Cruz has been serving as Trenton's Business Administrator for four years under the Gusciora administration. Cruz’s 25-year career includes eight years of experience in municipal business administration, with two as the BA of Perth Amboy and six as the Assistant Business Administrator of Newark. He has also served as the Chief of Staff for Newark Councilman-at-Large Carlos M. Gonzalez. In Elizabeth, he served in the Housing Authority in various roles over 13 years, including Purchasing Agent, Procurement Officer, Network Administrator, Program Coordinator, and Field Engineer. Cruz holds a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers University and is an M.A.S. candidate (06/20) in Public Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.Read Bio
Kelly IngramCommittee Member
As a founding board member of I Am Trenton Community Foundation in 2007, Kelly has served on the board continuously in various capacities to grow the foundation and build its strength and position within the community. She served as board President for three years and is thrilled to remain on the board to support the team where needed to ensure I Am Trenton Community Foundation is a lasting resource for the city.
Painting and creating decorative finishes is another love of Kelly’s. Running her own business, Kelly Ingram Finishes, for over 30 years, she is intent on doing so for the next decade and beyond.
Kelly believes in the growing potential of Trenton and the good people that call Trenton home. She and her husband, Ray remain enthusiastic in supporting the building of an even better Trenton, along with their pup Fiona.Read Bio