NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ —Jaymie Santiago has been announced as the new President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of New Brunswick's residents.
Santiago's promotion was effective on July 1, the same day it was announced.
Previously, he served as New Brunswick Tomorrow's Director of Program Operations and was subsequently promoted to Vice President before assuming the role of President.
Santiago, a father of three, replaced New Brunswick Tomorrow's Interim President Mitchell Landis, who returned to the non-profit's Board of Directors. Landis had stepped in to replace Jeffrey Vega, who left the organization to take a job with the Princeton Area Community Foundation last October, as we reported.
“Jaymie is a proven leader in the non-profit field,” said Landis. “His leadership, passion and assertiveness prove his deep commitment to the New Brunswick Community and the Board of Directors is pleased to announce this appointment.”
“We were seeking a visionary leader with strong interpersonal and strategic planning skills” said Roger W. Daley, a former Freeholder and Superior Court Judge who served as Interim Chair of the non-profit's Board of Directors.
“Jaymie has an exemplary record of engaging residents and community partners.”
Santiago has had over 12 years of experience in program development and administration in the area, including projects with the Rutgers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers Against Hunger, New Brunswick Community Food Alliance, and the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market.
Santiago also served as a Partnership Coordinator for NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids New Brunswick. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Affairs and Policy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor's Degree in Arts from Monmouth University.
In 2014, Santiago relocated to New Brunswick as part of the Esperanza Neighborhood Project, an initiative to revitalize the neighborhood between Livingston Avenue and Somerset Street.
As part of a project, local non-profits helped to make sure Santiago was able to purchase a previously abandoned and foreclosed 1920's-era home on Stratford Place for $265,000. He is the first leader of New Brunswick Tomorrow to actually live in the city in over a decade.
Santiago himself is very excited about the job.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead such an exceptional organization that has a clear and focused mission on improving the quality of life for New Brunswick residents,” said Santiago. “I see the opportunity to really expand the impact we have achieved to date and build upon the legacy of our founder, John J. Heldrich, and the dedicated men and women who serve our community every day.”