Newark Alliance Names Evan Weiss as New CEO

Seasoned Financial and Policy Expert to Lead Non-Profit

Evan S. Weiss begins as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the Newark Alliance, on December 1, 2021. He comes to the Newark Alliance, a leading nonprofit dedicated to the ongoing economic revitalization of New Jersey’s largest city, from the administration of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy where he served as the senior advisor for Financial and Strategic Projects.

“The Newark Alliance is gaining one of the most trusted and gifted economic development minds in the Garden State,” said Governor Murphy. “Evan is a versatile professional who has helped our state develop and execute highly innovative business growth, infrastructure, and economic development programs,” he continued. “We wish Evan nothing but the best as he moves forward in his career.”

In his role with the Murphy administration, Weiss managed the statewide deployment of economic and infrastructure components of $10 billion in federal stimulus across state and local governments. He was also responsible for the creation and implementation of New Jersey’s $600+ million COVID-19 economic, community, and housing recovery programs, which included rent and mortgage assistance, small business aid, and the first entrepreneur guaranty program in the United States. Weiss advised on the financing of all major infrastructure and affordable housing initiatives and led successful efforts to create a funding plan for the Gateway Tunnel and the United States’ first purpose-built offshore wind port.


Before joining the Murphy administration, Weiss served as the founding director of PEL Analytics, a division of the Pennsylvania Economy League, where he helped several states establish Opportunity Zone programs and developed strategic plans and initiatives for major cities including Philadelphia, Trenton, and Scranton.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Evan as he assumes leadership of the Newark Alliance,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “His skills and acumen in the areas of economic and business development will be an invaluable asset as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and rebuild Newark’s economic vitality.”

Lata Reddy, board chair for the Newark Alliance and senior vice president of Inclusive Solutions at Prudential Financial, said about Weiss, “His strong economic background and extensive experience working with the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey will enable him to serve the Newark Alliance, its members, and our partners well into the future.”

“I am excited and honored to join the Newark Alliance at this time in the city’s trajectory,” said Weiss, a 2013 graduate of the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. “Working collaboratively with our members and board, city leaders, and a diverse community of stakeholders, the Newark Alliance will continue to play a key role in delivering on the vision of inclusive economic growth in Newark.”