Board Members

Nicole Butler (Board President) recently joined Prudential Financial as the Director of Community Affairs and Partnerships in the Office of Inclusive Solutions. For the 18 years, Nicole served the Newark community with her firm, United Minds, supporting the growth and development of local non-profit organization. Nicole earned her B.A. degree in psychology from Elizabethtown College and M.A. from New York University. Email: Nicole Butler

Elizabeth Rainey-Goka was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Since 1975, Elizabeth has been involved in the Food Service Industry for the City of Newark Food Programs. Her background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Caldwell College and a Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership at Stanford University. Email: Elizabeth Rainey-Goka

Kimaada Sills is a currently a Program Manager at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She serves on the boards of Bethany Cares, Inc. and Rutgers University College of Nursing Urban Youth Center. She holds a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in community and economic development from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Email: Kimaada Sills

Anuja Vejalla is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Emerging Markets Latin American Desk, at Barclays. She manages daily operations covering foreign exchange, rates and credit products. Anuja has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters in Computer Science from West Virginia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. Email: Anuja Vejalla

Miyoshi West Lee (Board Vice President) is a Director/SVP and Sr. Global Payments Product Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is responsible for coordinating strategic investment plans and developing sales enablement tools for a portfolio of products across four regions. She also has extensive experience in eCommerce, risk management and FX/commodity trading. Miyoshi has an MBA in Corporate Strategy & International Finance from the University of Michigan Business School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BS in Finance. Email: Miyoshi West Lee

Marinne Walker is a life-time resident of Newark, who attended Newark public schools. A graduate of Barringer High School, she obtained undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seton Hall University. She taught in the Newark Public Schools for 36 years. A deacon at Bethany Baptist Church she believes in using whatever you have been given to benefit others. Email: Marinne Walker

Edward Nadel is a Partner in the Investment Management Group of Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where he advises clients on issues relating to the structuring, formation and operation of private investment funds. A native of Brooklyn, Ed currently lives in Maplewood with his wife and two young sons. He received his JD from Columbia University and his BS from New York University. Email: Edward Nadel