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Union County Graduates First Class of Non-Profit Leaders

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and Freeholders Bruce H. Bergen and Angel G. Estrada congratulate Joann Harper of Community Access Unlimited (CAU), Aisha Arroyo of UCA, Cathy Waters of the Urban League of Union County, Michael A. Buckley of the Elizabeth Housing Authority and Edwin Pacheco of CAU as among the first 44 graduates of the 2017-2018 Union County Leadership Fellows Institute during a ceremony at CAU in Elizabeth. They were joined by Union County Department of Human Services Director Debbie-Ann Anderson and Assistant Director Karen Dinsmore. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the first graduating class of the new Non-Profit Consortium Leadership Fellows Institute. The 44 graduates were recruited from local non-profit organizations in partnership with the Union County Non-Profit Consortium, with the goal of developing the next generation of informed, effective executives in the non-profit sector.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I am very proud to congratulate the inaugural class of the Non-Profit Consortium Leadership Fellows Institute, said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Non-profits are an important part of the foundation that sustains our social safety net, and they also provide high quality employment opportunities and volunteer experiences that enrich life in our community. With the skills gained through this program, our graduates will make a real difference in the lives of Union County residents, especially those who need a helping hand.”

The Non-Profit Leadership Fellows Institute was launched in 2017 by Freeholder Bruce H. Bergen, when he served as Chairman. It represents the first, focused investment that County government has made to support skills and training for the next generation of non-profit executive leaders.

“The program builds on our workforce development initiatives, which are aimed at ensuring that important economic sectors in Union County can draw from a rich pool of talent,” said Freeholder Bergen. “Through the Leadership Fellows Institute, we can help ensure that our non-profits continue to benefit from informed, effective and seasoned leadership.”

The Union County Non-Profit Leadership Fellows Institute is a public-private partnership funded through $5,000 in seed money from County government, $500 contributions made by the non-profit organizations for each candidate they send to the Institute, and the generosity of private sector sponsors.

Of the 44 graduates, 22 were sponsored through the Freeholder Board and 22 were sponsored through the nonprofit organization Community Access Unlimited.

Each of the participants attended 11 skill-building sessions based on a dynamic, interactive model. Peer learning is also an important element of the development program.

For more information about participating in or supporting the Non-Profit Leadership Fellows Institute, Sidney Blanchard, Executive Director, Community Access Unlimited at 908-354-3040 or

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