The Team

Tobias A. Fox, Founder and Managing Director

Tobias A. Fox is Founder and Managing Director of the community-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc. Aside from being a writer and having ten years of independent publishing experience, Tobias Fox is a Professional Organizer, Master Gardener, Photographer and Coordinator of an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference. He conducts various community events, presentations and workshops on sustainable living practices and has assisted numerous urban farmers and gardeners with the cultivation of their agricultural space.

  • In 2012, awarded an Exemplary Service Recognition by the Greater Newark Conservancy for Community Organizing.
  • In 2014, awarded the Newark NAACP Environmental Justice Honoree.
  • In 2016, Community Service Award presented by the Northeast Earth Coalition.
  • In part of Newark’s 350th anniversary, selected by peers for outstanding contributions to the Newark community to be part of the 100 People of Newark. This Newark Project, a series of 100 photographs and on-camera interviews with Newarkers, was produced by the 100 People Foundation in partnership with PSE&G Foundation.

Jacqueleen Bido, Assistant to Managing Director

A Newark, New Jersey native, Jacqueleen Bido earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from New Jersey City University and an Executive Master’s from Seton Hall University in Educational Leadership, Management and Policy. She is the founder of 1980 Company and BIDOISM, two consulting companies created to empower and help people, their organization, and the community in all things that bring about social and community change. As a Board member of Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc., she continues to expand her mission through business consultation, program development, grant writing, and the creation of the Garden of Hope in Newark, New Jersey. Bido is also proud to have served her country in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in the United States Navy. Today, she is a Doctoral Candidate at Seton Hall University. Her four beautiful children have been her greatest achievement because their mere existence validates the importance of the work she does to make life a better place for them to live.

Rachel Emas, Ph.D.

Dr.Emas is an Assistant Teaching Professor, Assistant MPA Program Director at the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University’s Newark Campus

 

Newark SAS Board

Aisha Steplight Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of Student Development and Career Services, Essex County College

Garfield Smith

Entrepreneur, Real Estate Developer, Solar Distributor
Research and Development, Sunmint Energy

Shelley Hartz

Director of Community Service, The Pingry School

Christine Morales, LCSW

Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment. School of Social Work, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Emily G. Lavallee

Experiential Education Coordinator; Project U.S.E., 2018 Seton Hall University (Environmental Studies), Former Newark SAS Intern

Sofia Jones

Consultant, HR and Diversity Initiatives, Former Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, McGraw-Hill Financial

 

Legal Advisor

Wendy L. Prager, Esq.
Managing Partner & Counsel, Bridge Mountain Partners

 

Collaborating Professionals

Damian Decaires
Electrical Engineer & Solar Technician, GridLink Systems, LLC

Charlene Messer
Health Conscious Cook & Founder of Elegant Bouquet Kitchen (EBK)

Maggie Brown
Visual Artist & Art Educator

Carissa Borraggine
Owner, Harvest Table Eatery

Chimaobi Ibeh
Scientist & Chemical Engineer