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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Sharnita C. Johnson - Vice President of Strategy, Impact and Communications

Sharnita C. Johnson is the Victoria Foundation’s first-ever Vice President of Strategy, Impact and Communication. In this role, Sharnita provides oversight and management of all programmatic activities, ensuring alignment with the Foundation goals and values. She leads the development and implemen...

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Stephanie Greenwood - Senior Strategy Officer for Economic Justice

Stephanie Greenwood leads the Victoria Foundation’s work to support community-based efforts that advance economic justice in Newark.  She brings over twenty years of experience in public policy, advocacy, coalition-building, and project management in the nonprofit, public, and philanthropic s...

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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 - Strategy Officer for Youth Self-Determination.

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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31 Mulberry Street, 5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

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e-mail info@victoriafoundation.org

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