Deputy Mayor/Director of Economic and Housing Development, Baye Adofo-Wilson is leading the City of Newark’s efforts to redevelop Newark’s neighborhood commercial corridors, expand small business opportunities, build more mixed-income housing and increase access to Newark’s Riverfront. As the Director of EHD, Mr. Adofo-Wilson manages the departments of housing, property management, economics, small business, planning and the office of sustainability.
Mr. Adofo-Wilson was a member of the 2013-2014 Loeb Fellows class at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, during which he examined strategies and opportunities for reimagining and rebuilding low-income communities using sustainability, culture and local living economies as a model to spur economic development and increase local participation. Mr. Adofo-Wilson is currently an Urban Design Critic at Harvard’s GSD.
Before Harvard, Mr. Adofo-Wilson co-founded of the Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District, an organization redeveloping the Lincoln Park neighborhood in the City of Newark. He lead a comprehensive effort to transform a low-income Newark neighborhood into a sustainable cultural district that included affordable housing and mixed-use developments, urban agriculture, music programming, historic restoration and workforce development projects.
Adofo-Wilson created the Lincoln Park Music Festival, a multi-genre, intergenerational music festival that features rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, house and hip-hop. He also has co-developed 10 USGBC LEED certified buildings and received a USGBC LEED Neighborhood Development Gold certification for his redevelopment project.
Baye was the New Jersey Director & Senior Fellow of Community Development of the Regional Plan Association, the nation’s oldest private, non-profit regional planning association, where he worked on policy issues such as housing, economic development, transportation, arts and culture, and the environment.
Baye Adofo-Wilson is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
View the video of Baye’s Meet the Loeb Fellows Week presentation.