Board of Trustees

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Board of Trustees

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Luke Visconti headshot 2024

Founder and Chairman of DiversityInc.
West Palm Beach, Fla.


Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments

Ms. Natalie Brathwaite is the Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments, one of the world’s largest financial services providers.  In this role, she is responsible for Fidelity’s government relations, community investing and civic efforts for New Jersey and New York and leads the firm’s advocacy and engagement efforts on a wide range of state-level issues related to investment advice. 

Prior to joining Fidelity in 2017, Ms. Brathwaite spent a decade working in the public sector. Her past roles in both the nonprofit and government sectors in the United States and Canada included work in external affairs, community engagement, grant-making and public policy analysis. 

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Ms. Brathwaite received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from the University of Toronto. Ms. Brathwaite currently resides in Jersey City. She is active in her community and proudly serves on the boards of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, the Hudson County Community College Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, the Jersey City Arts Council and Saint Peter’s University Board of Regents.

Term expires June 30, 2026.

Edward P. Fowlkes

Principal Partner, Alliance Construction Group
Jersey City, N.J.


President and CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties
Newark, N.J.



Managing Partner of MAR Acquisition Group LLC
Warren Township, N.J.


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Term expires June 30, 2029.


Irene Trowell-Harris Headshot

Former Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Women Veterans
Arlington, Va.

Edward Whittaker

Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology
Hoboken, N.J.

Ex Officio

Meriem Bendoud

Faculty Representative
ex officio

Helen Dao

Helen Dao ′99, ′05 M.S
President, NJCU Alumni Association
Alumni Representative, ex officio

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Chair, NJCU Foundation
ex officio

Student Trustees

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Biology Major, Class of 2025

David Valica headshot 2024

Finance & Computer Science, Class of 2025

Trustee Emeritus

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Trustee Emeritus

Marilyn Bennett

Trustee Emeritus

Board of Trustees inquiries

Location: Hepburn Hall, Room 313
Phone: 201-200-3112
Fax: 201-200-2352
Contact: Monica de los Rios, Board Secretary, at

For media inquiries, contact Ira Thor, Associate Vice President for University Communications at