SUMMIT, NJ - Catherine Wilson has been appointed to the Bridges Outreach, Inc. Board of Trustees. She serves as the President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark (UWGN), a position she has held since May 2016.

In 2018, she led the UWGN board of trustees to adopt a new mission, vision, and strategic direction for the organization focusing convening, collaborating, and investing in education, health, and financial stability. Prior to becoming the President and CEO, Wilson spent five years designing, implementing, and evaluating programs as the Program Design and Evaluation Specialist and Senior Director of Community Impact.

Since the start of the pandemic, UWGN has raised and distributed nearly $5 million in relief to individuals, small businesses, and community organizations.

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A Newark resident, Wilson holds a B.A. in Communications from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She also holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she serves on the Boards of: NJ Court Appointed Special Advocates as Vice Chair; Essex County RAIN Foundation; and NJ 2-1-1.

“I am thrilled to join the Bridges Board as a trustee,” said Wilson. “Bridges offers crucial services to homeless individuals, and I am looking forward to bringing my leadership and experience, working alongside my fellow Board members to support Bridges’ mission to provide critical services and support to homeless individuals.”

Founded in 1988, Bridges has actively supported those experiencing homelessness in New York City, Newark, Irvington, and Summit.  Bridges works to end homelessness through volunteer driven outreach and case management focusing on health, housing, and independence, forming relationships with those experiencing homelessness while meeting their most urgent needs. With case managers at its drop-in center, Project Connect, in Newark, Bridges has been the primary organization providing identity documents, access to health and social services, shelter, and daily food.

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