Dana Redd

Dana Redd is the CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. In this role, Ms. Redd is responsible for overseeing board operations and the construction of a 95,000-square-foot Joint Health Sciences Center. Ms. Redd is charged with developing programmatic and policy initiatives which reflect the Board’s mission and overarching objectives of education, economic development and civic engagement.

Dana has worked in various positions from local government to the New Jersey State Senate, most recently serving as Mayor of Camden where she successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. During her tenure, Camden emerged as a national model for urban recovery in America. Ms. Redd rallied a coalition of citizens, community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, universities, health-care providers, and state and local government entities to improve the quality of life for Camden residents. 

Under her leadership as mayor, Camden posted significant improvements in its public safety statistics with the creation of the Camden County Police Department’s Metro Division and its commitment to community policing.  Ms. Redd led a full state intervention into the Camden City School District to improve academic outcomes for urban youth. Ms. Redd leveraged and attracted $2.5 billion in public/private investment to stimulate economic growth and job creation. Upon completion of her term as mayor, Camden had achieved a Standard & Poor’s credit rating of BBB+, a first in more than 15 years. 

Prior to her election as Camden mayor in 2009, Ms. Redd served New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District as a state senator, where she served on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee for Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. As senator, she sponsored and secured the passage of $3.9 billion in new school construction for New Jersey’s Abbott School Districts.

Dana Redd is a graduate of Rutgers: The State University-Camden with a B.S. degree in Business Studies and she received her M.A. degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University.