Laureen serves as the Deputy Director of Programs. In that role, she is responsible for developing a robust public policy curriculum to rising leaders in the greater Newark region. To ensure an impactful program, Laureen is a firm believer in strategic partnerships and delivers a meaningful, hands-on experience to fellows. She believes strategic community partnerships are the solution to neighborhood improvement and civic engagement.

Prior to Leadership Newark, Laureen worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Workforce Development Coordinator managing a student caseload between Brooklyn and Staten Island and cultivating strategic partnerships with companies that provide students learn-to-work experience. Her role also involved supporting in the development of a Partner Advisory Board, curriculum development, operations management, and data analysis and management.

Delance’s past work includes serving as an Adult and Girl Membership Executive at Girls Scouts Heart of NJ. She worked closely with community leaders, business owners, schools and donors, which resulted in creative delivery of programs for girls ages 5-17. Prior to Girl Scouts, she focused on community development through participating in the community development network of Bank of America, while working as a Credit Cards Services Account Executive.

Laureen’s affiliations include serving as a board member of the Economic Development for Cap-Haitien, Citizens Campaign, Urban Affairs Association, and she is also a Big Sister mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Laureen received her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University in 2010. Prior to that, she attended Rutgers-Douglass College and received her Bachelor’s with Honors in Urban Studies and Political Science. She is also a proud alumna of the Leadership Newark Class of 2012.