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Executive Director

Since 2019, Beatrice Simpkins has served as the Executive Director of the Newark LGBTQ Community Center and has worked in Hudson and Essex Counties, NJ and Charlotte, NC in the field of nonprofit program development and management. She is a former board member of the Freedom Center for Social Justice located in Charlotte, NC and the Newark Community Health Centers located in Newark, NJ.


In 2016, Ms. Simpkins became a Rutgers 250 Fellow – receiving a medal at the “A Day of Revolutionary Thinking”, the culminating event of Rutgers’ yearlong 250Th birthday celebration. Ms. Simpkins holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. Her pronouns are she/her/hers. She is currently in her doctoral program at Saybrook University seeking a terminal degree in Transformative Social Change. Beatrice is a cisgender African American lesbian, mother of two duaghers - Evita and Cicely, and Granny B to Darius, Demetrius, and Vivienne. She also serves her community as a deacon in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, serving as part of the UFC NewArk congregation.

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