Commissioner Edward Osborne was appointed as a member to the Board of Commissioners on August 3, 2011. Mr. Osborne currently serves as Councilman At-Large for the City of Newark and represents the New Jersey Building Construction Laborers District Council at a municipal, county, state and federal level. Mr. Osborne has extensive experience in urban planning relating to green construction concepts. His extensive experience helps him to comply with any and all regulations of governing construction. His goal is to help Newark residents who are economically challenged to gain independence and to enhance the quality of life for moderate and low income individuals, seniors and families with children. He is a graduate of the National Labor College and founder of the Second Street Block Association.
Commissioner Martinique W. Costa was appointed as a member of the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2014. Ms. Costa currently works for Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund. As an organizer, Ms. Costa has worked with community members in New Jersey, New York and Delaware on residential construction projects in their city. Her work in areas such of organizing, management, and customer service are beneficial experiences that will add value for the residents of Newark Housing Authority.
Commissioner Delores B. Lewis was appointed as a member of the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2014 and currently serves as the Board Treasurer. Ms. Lewis worked for the City of Newark for 31 years and served as the Senior Aide for the Mayor’s office from 2002-2006 where her efforts as an outspoken advocate for senior rights did not go unrecognized. Her mission is to ensure that all Housing Authority residents are properly treated and represented
Commissioner Fausto Baez was appointed as a member to the Board of Commissioners on April 29, 2016. Mr. Baez currently serves as the Director of the Dominican Parade and Festival of Essex County. Mr. Baez is an active resident in his community who has been recognized by the city for his participation in various community engagement activities.
Commissioner Norma Gonzalez is A lifelong resident of the City of Newark with vast experience in the private sector, municipal, state and federal government policies and procedures. She is presently a Director at Newark Community Economic Development Corp, Newark CEDC.
She was previously the Assistant Businesses Administrator and Director of Workforce Training for the City of Newark. She is skilled in legislation, department financial budgets, procurement, contract compliance, human resource and staff development. She attended Rutgers University and has several certifications/licenses and real estate, federal/state budgeting, audit and administration of municipal funds.
Commissioner Babatunde P. Odubekun is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he earned a B.A. in Economics, and Rutgers Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Commissioner Odubekun currently works at the Newark, New Jersey based law firm Genova Burns LLC. He is also a Trustee and Corporate Secretary of the Newark Print Shop, an innovative printmaking studio in downtown Newark. Mr. Odubekun was appointed to the Board of Commissioners on March 7, 2018 to complete the unexpired term of Charles A. Bell, former Chairman of the NHA Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner John Patino, born and raised in the City of Newark, is a State of NJ Appointee. He has worked as a legislative aide for the City of Newark, served as a Newark Special Police Officer, and also served in the US Army National Guard. He is currently Vice President of the Forest Hill Community Association and is employed by the Essex County Sheriff Office, is assigned to its field operation command.