Nakeefa Bernard Garay
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Cook College
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Policy Institutions and Behaviors
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Master of Public Policy, Community Development
Nakeefa entered the Global Urban Studies PhD program with eight years of experience in New Jersey’s nonprofit community development industry. Most recently she served as a Program Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) where she provided hands on technical assistance and support to government, nonprofits and resident leaders working to improve the quality of life for residents in greater Newark. Before working for LISC she served as a fundraiser at New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) in Paterson, NJ. During her time at NJCDC and LISC, Nakeefa raised over $4.5M to support urban revitalization work in Newark and Paterson.
A two-time graduate of Rutgers University, Nakeefa is an alumna of both Cook College (Bachelor of Science, Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behaviors) and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy (Master of Public Policy).
Born in Trinidad and raised in Jersey City, Nakeefa is a proud resident of Newark, New Jersey.
Anticipated Graduation: 2022
Research Interests: Nakeefa’s research interests include community development, civic participation, and nonprofit organizations. By exploring engagement issues and trends among nonprofits, she hopes to use the tools of academia to support and strengthen civic engagement efforts tied to community development practice.
Title of Dissertation: Capacities, Strategies and Processes of Civic Engagement Among Community Development Nonprofits: A Newark, NJ Case Study
Publications and Fellowships:
Garay, N. B. (2022). Community Development Organizations and Civic Engagement: A Newark, NJ Case Study, The Newarker. January 2022. Retrieved from https://newarkermag.com/2022/01/02/community-development-organizations-and-civic-engagement-a-newark-nj-case-study/
Morel, D., Drake Rodriguez, A., Sidney, M., Garay, N. B., & Straub, A. (2021). Measuring and explaining stalled gentrification in Newark, New Jersey: The role of racial politics. Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/10780874211046340
O’Brien Richardson, P., Schein, L., Morel, D., Baker, N., & Garay, N.B. (2021). Putting stories to work: Confronting the pandemic through New Jersey narratives. Retrieved from the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein. School website: https://bloustein.rutgers.edu/urban-narratives-generate-advocacy-public-policy-under-resourced-communities-post-covid/
Fulbright Specialist | University of Pretoria-Mamelodi, South Africa | 2020
USAID Global Fellow | Community Chest of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa | 2017