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About the Executive Director

Leslie A. Anderson was appointed as Executive Director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA) by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors in June 2004.

As Executive Director, Ms. Anderson is the first African-American woman to head a state financing authority in New Jersey. Ms. Anderson played an integral role in the development of New Jersey’s urban strategy that was enacted into law in July 1996 through the New Jersey Urban Redevelopment Act, which created the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.

To date, NJRA has approved commitments totaling more than $335 million leveraging more than $3 billion in private investments.  Through her leadership and management, NJRA will continue to successfully convey its mission and mandate of improving the quality of life by creating value in New Jersey’s urban communities.

Ms. Anderson has shaped an impressive career dedicated to public service by applying her skills in the areas of policy development and management to find the delicate balance between community and government to bring forth positive change.

Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. She is a Leadership NJ Fellow life member of the Penn State Alumni Association and holds memberships in the Women in Housing and Finance, and the International Council for Economic Development (IEDC). Ms. Anderson is also an inductee in the Plainfield High School Hall of Fame, in addition to being selected as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Southern and Central New Jersey. She is the recipient of the Frontiers International Service to Youth Award, presented by the Plainfield Area Club, a local chapter of Frontiers International, for her dedicated service to the youth of Plainfield, New Jersey. Most recently, Ms. Anderson was selected as the recipient of the Roger M. Yancey Award from the Garden State Bar Association recognizing her as a trailblazer in fostering a balance between community and government.
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