Lyneir Richardson

Interim President & Chief Executive Officer

As Interim President and CEO, Lyneir Richardson leads NCEDC, the economic catalyst in the City of Newark.

Lyneir is a Professional Practice Instructor in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ, and the Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED). At CUEED, he leads capacity-building programs that have assisted over 400 entrepreneurs.

Lyneir is also CEO of The Chicago TREND Corporation, a social enterprise working to stimulate retail development that will strengthen city neighborhoods.

Lyneir has served as CEO of Brick City Development Corporation. He was Vice President of Urban Development at General Growth Properties, Inc. where he led the national initiative to bring quality shopping centers to ethnic neighborhoods in large U.S. cities. In his 20’s, he founded a company and was named a U.S. Small Business Administration "Young Entrepreneur of the Year." Lyneir started his career as a corporate attorney at the First National Bank of Chicago.

Lyneir graduated from Bradley University and the University of Chicago Law School. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, Newark Arts Council and the Cook County Land Bank. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Illinois Housing Development Authority Trust Fund Board and as a Commissioner on the Chicago Plan Commission.


Franklyn Ore

Senior Vice President of Real Estate

Born in Newark New Jersey’s Beth Israel Hospital, Franklyn was raised in West Ward with his family. He started a career in real estate as an agent with Citi-habitats in Manhattan. The company was acquired by Corcoran, owned at the time by Barbara Corcoran formerly of the popular tv series, Shark Tank. Afterwards, Franklyn worked for the famed Village Voice Newspaper conglomerate as a advertising and marketing sales executive whereby he targeted real estate brokerage firms within emerging neighborhoods such as: Fort Greene, DUMBO, Harlem, Long Island City, the Bronx and Jersey City. Franklyn notes, he literally experienced the Lower East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, Harlem, the East Village,  and Brooklyn gentrify. It was this work which inspired the desire to improve blighted neighborhoods as a real estate development professional. Afterwards, he pursued a master's degree in urban policy and management where he focused on housing policy and development. While attending the New School University, he also worked 10 years as an real agent with Douglas Elliman within the new developments division. At Douglass Elliman, Franklyn was an agent of luxury high rise redevelopment projects in Long Island City, Downtown Brooklyn, Chelsea and the Downtown Manhattan Beekman Hotel  Condo with Fredrick Eklund from the tv series, Million Dollar Listing.

Upon graduation from the New School, Franklyn worked at the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) for eight years doing acquisitions, environmental work, neighborhood plans; community outreach, vacant property rehabilitation and innovative new construction projects. While at the JCRA, Franklyn focused on re-positioning retail shopping centers, including lease up, affordable housing, mixed income community policies, strategic infill developments within emerging markets. He has almost twenty years real estate experience and has managed & developed over $50 M in redevelopment projects.


Elizabeth Seagle Executive Assistant to President & Chief Executive Officer
Zakiyyah Branch  Operations Coordinator Finance, Admin & Talent
Al-Qadr Camillo  Senior Vice President of Business Development & Entrepreneurship
Elizabeth DaSliva  Economic Development Director East Ward 
Alexandra Demirali  Vice President, Loans and Finance
Julian Diaz Assistant Project Manager
Dana Wilson Grant Administrator 
Jereri Edwards Director of Finance
Taieta El-Amin Director of Special Events & Outreach
Norma Gonzalez  Senior Economic Development Director Central Ward
Dosso Kassimou  Project Manager for Real Estate Development 
Chris Michael  Director Of Employee Ownership
Kristin Nimoh  Director of Operations 
M. Jack Rodriquez  Security Director & Director of Economic Development - North Ward
Francisco Gleim Marketing Manager & Business Development Officer North Ward
Jorge Santos  Vice President Economic Development Policy & Strategic Planning 
Cesar Vizcaino Senior Economic Development Director

Board of Directors

Juliana Blackburn Chair
Joel Freiser Vice Chair
Celeste Bateman  
Cedric Bennett  
Jacquea Lee  
Councilman Joseph McCallum  
Councilwoman LaMonica McIver