Washington, D.C. housing official Allison Ladd will head Newark’s Department of Economic and Housing Development, replacing outgoing head John Palmieri.
Ladd is currently deputy director of the Washington, D.C. Office of Housing and Development and starts her new role in Newark on Aug. 1. Her selection was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
“The mayor has a bold vision for the city as far as economic development, equity and growth and being able to have the residents who have lived here be able to stay in the city,” Ladd said to the Wall Street Journal.
A city task force put together in February handled the search for someone to replace Palmieri. The task force included some of the city’s big names, including Newark Alliance Chief Executive Officer Aisha Glover and Prudential Financial Vice President of Impact Investments Ommeed Sathe.
“Given the city’s pivotal position in growth and development, we conducted an intensive search and spoke with impressive candidates from across the country,” Glover said in a statement. The nationwide search was for a “progressive” candidate with “a comfort level working within an urban environment who is equipped to advance equitable economic development,” she continued.
“We found that and more in Allison,” Glover added.
Ladd graduated with a Masters in Public Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Rhode Island.