JOSEPH DELLA FAVE
Joseph Della Fave has served as Executive Director of Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) since 1991. Previous to this, Joe served as a City Councilman in Hoboken, where he championed landmark affordable housing and anti-displacement legislations, integrity and public participation in government, effective planning and zoning enforcement, and budget transparency and effectiveness; as Chairman of the History Department at St. Peter's Prep, where he also coached basketball; and as a community and union organizer, including as president of tenant and school organizations and as a coordinator of local UFW activities, including traveling with Caesar Chavez around the State.
In his 28 year tenure at ICC, Mr. Della Fave has worked to build upon ICC’s unique history of direct services and strong organizing and advocacy. He has overseen extensive expansion of programs, services, and facilities as well as successful community initiatives. Of note are the development of a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art, nationally accredited Birth-5 Early Learning Center; ICC’s leadership role in the development of Newark’s first Riverfront Park; summer time programs serving more than 1,000 youth; ICC’s leadership in policy campaigns leading to Newark legislation, including Inclusionary Zoning, Right to Counsel, and Cumulative Impact/Environmental Justice Ordinances, and our alliance in the development of the City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board; the production with our partners of 92 affordable housing units; a community master plan, riverfront plan, and various revitalization and resiliency initiatives; the preservation of Riverbank Park; the development of Down Bottom Farms; ICC’s partnership with Table-to-Table and the distribution of fresh produce to 800 families weekly; a free tax program that has returned $25 million to community members; a partnership with RBH that brought Aerofarms to Ironbound; the declaration of ICC centers as community sanctuaries for immigrants; and so much more.
Joe has participated in numerous policy developments, including State preschool programming and budgeting, housing and environmental justice policies, and a New Urban Agenda. Joe was recently appointed by Mayor Ras Baraka to Newark’s Equitable Growth Advisory Commission and Co-Chaired Governor Murphy’s Housing Transition Committee. He serves on many Boards, including the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ, Healthy Ports Coalition, NJ Citizens Action, Newark Trust for Education, Newark Community Development Network, Newark Early Childhood Coalition, and RWJ Barnabas Greater Newark Community Advisory Board.
Joe is grateful to our many supporters and funders and our many partners and allies, locally and around the country. And most of all to our community, Board, and immensely passionate and effective staff.