Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.
Mayor, City of Camden
Dana Redd has been mayor of Camden since 2010. She is a proven and experienced leader with over 20 years of service in the public sector, ranging from local government to the New Jersey State Senate.
In her role as mayor of Camden, Redd successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. Among her accomplishments was the first investment grade rating the city had received in more than 15 years.
In 2014, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) published an issuer credit rating of BBB+. S & P recognized the fiscal controls the Redd administration instituted in order to improve and stabilize the finances of the city.
During her time as mayor, Redd led a full state intervention for the public school system to improve academic outcomes for urban youth. The state and local partnership focused on creating the “cradle to college to career” pipeline in education offered through traditional, charter, and Renaissance schools.
As a state senator, Redd served on the Budget Appropriations Committee, the Joint Committee on Public Schools, and the Urban Affairs Committee. She sponsored and negotiated the passage of legislation creating the Homeless Trust Fund and $3.9 billion in new school construction funding for New Jersey Abbott Districts.
A former City Council representative and chair of the Housing Authority, Redd worked to secure the city's third HOPE VI designation. The investment of $122 million helped transform an entire community with new public housing and expanded access to healthcare as well as providing community support services for residents.
She has earned continuing education credits from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the CSG-ERC Robert J. Thompson Eastern Leadership Academy. She has a master's degree in human services administration from Lincoln University.
In addition to her business acumen and volunteerism, Redd fosters and values the importance of civic engagement, grassroots organizing and responsible redevelopment. She is a motivational speaker for interfaith organizations, professional women’s groups and chambers of commerce.