Our Staff

Irene Cooper-Basch - Co-Executive Officer & Secretary of the Board

Dr. Cooper-Basch joined Victoria Foundation in 2003 and has served as its director since 2006. She has spent the past 25 years in philanthropy, with a deep commitment to address the needs of children and families living in low-income urban communities. Before coming to Victoria, Irene spent six year...

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Craig Drinkard - Co-Executive Officer

Born and raised in Newark, Craig’s career includes stints with the federal government, the private sector, and for the past 20 years with non-profit and philanthropic organizations. For the past 12 years, he has served in several roles at the Victoria Foundation. Craig serves on a number of non-pr...

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Joseph Matara - Chief Financial Officer

Joseph has spent the last 20 years in community development; mostly in Newark. He has spent some time in Kenya developing schools for children in the informal settlements and is the founder of GRACE Project, a not-for-profit organization that is providing opportunities in education, healthcare and v...

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Stephanie Greenwood - Senior Program Officer

Stephanie has lived and worked in Newark since 2007, serving in city government for eight years before coming to the Victoria Foundation in 2014. As a city staffer, she helped coordinate a countywide response to the foreclosure crisis and secured and managed major federal grants for reclaiming aband...

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Chasity Davis - Office Administrator

Chasity brings over 18 years of administrative support experience in the nonprofit field. Chasity previously co-administered a grants recovery/ rebuilding program as the Sandy Recovery Associate with New Jersey Community Capital, focusing on efforts to help NJ residents   cdavis@victoriaf...

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Erin Johnstone - Grants Manager

Erin Johnstone is thrilled to be a new member of Victoria Foundation.  Prior to joining the VF team, Erin worked as a Program Officer for The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action, in Boston, MA. Her varied experience includes securing federal funding for dental research ...

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Brianna Suárez - Program Officer

Brianna Suárez is a philanthropic professional and has spent the last eight years being a champion of equitable and inclusive grantmaking practices. Asa program officer at Victoria Foundation, Brianna comes to this work as connector and convener, amplifying the most marginalized and vulnerable...

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