NEWARK, NJ — The Foundation for University Hospital added two new members to its Board of Trustees on Wednesday, increasing the Board to seven members.  

Shanei Harris is Head of Social Responsibility and Partnerships at Prudential Financial and President of The Prudential Foundation. Marjorie Perry is the President and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc. 

“The recruitment of these highly esteemed members of the Newark business community to our Foundation’s Board is another indicator of the hospital’s potential for progress,” said Shereef Elnahal, President and CEO of University Hospital. “Our Strategic Plan and new vision statement call for partnering with our communities to improve health for generations to come. The addition of these new Trustees to our Foundation will go far in helping us realize that vision.” 

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In her roles, Harris oversees Prudential's philanthropic strategy, disaster response, nonprofit relationships and assists with the distribution of more than $35 million in grants and charitable contributions annually. She also manages skills-based volunteering and multicultural partnership programs and works to improve access to education, training and jobs for youth. 

Perry, a former educator, is a self-made entrepreneur who founded MZM Construction & Management with two partners. The company has sustained a multi-million-dollar bottom line over the last 28 years, and Perry now serves as its sole principal.

“We are delighted to welcome such accomplished individuals to our Board,” said Foundation Board Chair Michael Curi, who also serves as University Hospital’s Director of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School’s Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery. “The wealth of experience and community engagement they bring will help carry us to a new level in fundraising success.”