About Our Founder

Robert Clark

Robert Clark is the Chief Executive Officer and Founding Executive Director of YouthBuild Newark (YBN), a non-profit organization that provides academic, vocational, and workforce development programs for low-income young people. Since launching YBN in 2003, Mr. Clark has been instrumental in helping over 2,500 people graduate with industry-recognized certifications and high school diplomas.

Our Leadership Team

Dowayne Davis

Executive Director of Finance & Operations

Mark Comesañas

Executive Director of Program & Instruction

De'Anna Bond

Director of Program & Supports

Jasmine Joseph-Forman

Director of Program & Supports

Khalil Odom

Director of Climate & Culture

Darrell Price

Director of Student Support Services

Llesenis Soto

Director of Student Support Services

Tiffany Overton

Chief Innovation Officer

Juan Acevedo

Head of School,
LEAD Charter School

Tracey Watkins

Principal, UPLIFT Academy

Rosalina “Wendy” Melendez

Division Director, La Casa de Don Pedro, Inc.

Rodney Brutton

Director of Workforce Development, New Community Corporation

SanDonna Jones

Executive Director of Administration & Development

Our Board of Directors

Leonard Murray

President
Zion Consulting Group

Dirk Caldwell

Treasurer
Earl G. Graves, Ltd., Black Enterprise

Craig Drinkard

Secretary
Victoria Foundation

Jennifer Finnerty

Prudential International Investments

Michael James

Newark Community Leader

Paul Martin, Esq.

Law Office of Paul P. Martin