Gwendolyn L. Harris
Gwendolyn Long Harris, PhD has an extensive career in human services and public administration, highlighted by founding Newark Emergency Services of Families, Inc. thirty years ago, as well as serving as the City of Trenton’s Director of Health and Human Services, Business Administrator and later, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff; she has also served as Commissioner of Human Services for the State of New Jersey. She presently serves as the Associate Director at the Walter Rand Institute at Rutgers – Camden, where she is responsible for day to day operations and serves as Principal Investigator on research projects, and coordinates the Internship Program for students in the Masters of Public Administration, International Public Service and Development Program.

Gwendy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her Masters from the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. She successfully defended her dissertation February, 2010, completing her doctoral work at the Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy . Her dissertation assessed the impact of affordable housing on taxable property valuation. Her college and graduate level teaching has included courses in urban policy, municipal management and local economic development.

She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Mercer County Community College, and the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Network Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Capital City Redevelopment Corporation. Gwendy is an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Trenton where she serves as a Deaconess, and is a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter of the Links, Inc. She lives in Trenton with her husband Jerry.