Aisha Glover

Acting President & Acting Chief Executive Officer


Aisha helps carry out the NCEDC's mission to act as the City of Newark’s economic catalyst by strengthening small businesses, supporting a thriving entrepreneurial base and leading the attraction of emerging makers and manufacturers.

Aisha Glover has over 15 years of experience as a convener,champion and agent for economic empowerment and social justice. Currently, Aisha serves as the Acting President and CEO for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. In this role, she helps carry out the mission of NCEDC as the City of Newark’s economic catalyst by strengthening small businesses, supporting a thriving entrepreneurial base and leading the attraction of emerging makers and manufacturers.

Prior to joining the Newark team, Aisha served as the VP of External Affairs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the nonprofit organization that manages the city-owned Brooklyn Navy Yard, a national model for sustainable industrial park. There, she oversaw strategic partnership development, community engagement, public affairs and fundraising and played a key role in supporting the Yard’s growing economic development initiatives. Ms. Glover’s impact at the Brooklyn Navy Yard was informed by her tenure at the Center for the Urban Environment, New York City’s largest provider of environmental education programs. There, she led a team that furthered the Center’s environmental justice and education initiatives, helped create a local chapter of the Small Business Alliance was instrumental in launching Green Brooklyn, the borough’s first and largest green event.

Ms. Glover is a strong advocate for social responsibility and local manufacturing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York and a leadership certificate from the Columbia Business School, School of Social Enterprise.

Carmelo Garcia

Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer


Carmelo G. Garcia is the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer of Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC), which serves as the primary economic development agency for New Jersey’s largest city. To this position, he brings nearly two decades of experience in community development, real estate redevelopment, urban planning, public service, financial modeling, and economic development in fields ranging from financial services to municipal & state government.

Garcia received his Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Seton Hall University. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with an executive degree in Public Policy & Community Development, a Certification in Leadership and Management from Cornell University, and a Certification in Human Resources and Public Administration from Rutgers University.

Prior to joining Newark CEDC, Garcia served as Executive Director of the Hoboken Housing Authority where he developed hundreds of units of affordable housing in Hudson County and oversaw the management of more than 1,700 units, He also served, as the Director of Health, Human Services & Community development for the City of Hoboken. In addition to his work in various public, private, and non-profit organizations, Garcia has a long record of public service in his community and state being recognized by the who’s who of NJ. He served in the New Jersey General Assembly for the 33rd Legislative District in Hudson County and has also served as the President of the Hoboken Board of Education.

Garcia is a committed advocate of citizen rights and takes a collaborative approach to ensure all stakeholders are represented in the growth the state is seeing today. Living by the mantra “We Can, We Will, Watch Us” make a difference, he brings a goal-oriented and outcome-driven attitude to his work and thrives on building relationships with partners across the redevelopment industry to get it done (G.I.D.).

Jesse Luis

Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development 

Mr. Luis has over 30 years of industry experience and he has done over $2 Billion in real estate acquisitions and development throughout the United States.  Currently, he is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) where he assists businesses and developers with their real estate needs, in addition to, overseeing strategic initiatives to repurpose vacant city-owned parcels.

Previous to joining the Newark CEDC, Mr. Luis was the Vice President of North America Development for Dolce Hotels & Resorts focusing on full-service hotels and resorts in North America and the Caribbean.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Real Estate and Land Acquisitions for Choice Hotels International focusing on urban development opportunities for the Cambria Suites brand throughout the US from 2008 through 2011.  Mr. Luis also spent 13 years at Marriott International where he was Vice President, Lodging Development, and oversaw the land acquisition and development of over 10,000 rooms of select and full-service hotels throughout the Northeast United States.  In addition, Mr. Luis was the Director of Real Estate Development for Marriott Senior Living Services where he developed over $120 million of assisted living communities known as Brighton Gardens in the metropolitan New York region.

Mr. Luis holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.



Nathan Cooper

Acting Chief Financial Officer  

Nathan Cooper is the Acting Chief Financial Officer for the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Cooper brings a wealth of experience in the accounting and auditing profession for a considerable length of time. During this time, he has served both within the public accounting and private sectors. Prior to joining us, he served as a Senior Auditor with Mitchell & Titus, LLP, a member firm of Ernst & Young Global, at its Philadelphia office where he was responsible for planning, performing and  delivering financial audit services to various clients of the firm in the governmental and non-for-profit sectors as well as Employees Benefit Plan. 

Before joining Mitchell & Titus LLP, Nathan worked with KPMG, LLP out of the Philadelphia office where he served in the Internal Audit and Risk Advisory Division. During this time, he performed Sarbanes – Oxley 404 and other internal audit services for various clients of the firm in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, mortgage/banking, governmental and non-for-profit sectors. Nathan also worked at Woods Services, a Human Health  Service Corporation in Langhorne, Pennsylvania where he  served as Business Manager. In this capacity,  he performed general accounting and financial analysis functions including month end closing, budgeting, budget variance and account analysis. He lead and was successful in the systematic implementation of the CMHC Billing and Accounting software for use in the billing process for services rendered.  

Nathan holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance from La Salle University, a BBA in Accounting and Economics from the University of Liberia, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Liberia.