This week’s ChangeMaker is Vivian Brady-Phillips, the Executive Director of the Jersey City Housing Authority. The JCHA is the state’s second-largest public housing authority and provides affordable homes to 1 in 14 Jersey City residents. Vivian’s team serves over 15,000 residents and is responsible for the administration of over 7,00 housing units, including approximately 2,500 public housing units and over 4,000 Housing Choice Vouchers.
About Vivian Brady-Phillips:
Vivian Brady-Phillips is the Executive Director of the JCHA and an experienced public administrator committed to delivering quality affordable housing and innovative social service programming. Under her leadership, the JCHA has attracted new grants and investments to renovate and redevelop affordable housing, reduced vacancies across its portfolio, and developed strong partnerships with nonprofits, government agencies and educational institutions to expand resources for residents. These efforts include: a HUD-approved and grant-funded vacancy reduction strategy; a strong focus on safety and security, including the establishment of a new Jersey City Police Department Housing Unit dedicated to the JCHA and new, integrated security enhancements across sites; the continued redevelopment of the former Montgomery Gardens site and a multi-phase community visioning process for Holland Gardens; the launch of a digital inclusion initiative that offers digital literacy training and new computer labs across sites with the support of the Electronic Access Foundation; and an array of new, comprehensive youth development programming.
Ms. Brady-Phillips previously served as a Deputy Mayor of Jersey City and, in that capacity, oversaw social services, community park improvements, grant acquisition and external partnerships, and launched a number of public-private initiatives focused on workforce development, education, and community justice. She led city’s grant team, advising departments city-wide on grants strategy and the development of Jersey City Youth Works, a comprehensive, multi-program employment and enrichment initiative that serves 1000 young people annually in partnership with the local businesses, public schools, youth-serving nonprofits, and universities. She also worked closely with the Jersey City Municipal Court and the Center for Court Innovation to help establish both a community court and a youth court program that helps first-time youth offenders get back on track.
Ms. Brady-Phillips currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation and also serves as a member of the Jersey City Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and on the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of NPower, a national nonprofit that enables young adults and veterans to embark on technology careers.
Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Ms. Brady-Phillips was the Executive Vice President for External and Legal Affairs at the NYC Leadership Academy, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that prepares public school leaders and advises school districts. A lawyer by training, Ms. Brady-Phillips practiced litigation at several prominent New York City law firms after earning J.D. from NYU School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Interest Scholar. She lives in Jersey City with her husband and daughter.
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