Newark, NJ – Today, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice welcomed Darrell K. Terry, Sr., and Gary Wingens to its Board of Directors.
“Gary and Darrell are exceptional additions to our Board,” said Douglas S. Eakeley, Institute Board Chair. “They join the Board at a critical moment in time, when the Institute’s work in advancing economic justice, reimagining criminal justice, and building an inclusive democracy couldn’t be more important.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Gary and Darrell to a prestigious team of highly-respected leaders who are united around the belief that our cities hold incredible promise to advance progressive solutions to some of the greatest social and racial justice challenges of our time,” said Ryan P. Haygood, Institute President and CEO. “Gary and Darrell’s professional expertise, coupled with their hearts for social justice, will help the Board powerfully advance our work.”
Gary Wingens’ addition to the Board continues a long and vitally important tradition of Lowenstein Sandler’s commitment to the Institute’s mission and work. A nationally respected corporate lawyer, Mr. Wingens is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Lowenstein Sandler, a leading national law firm. Mr. Wingens led the Lowenstein Sandler’s expansion of more than 300 lawyers working from offices in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., California, and Utah. Under his leadership, Lowenstein Sandler enjoys the reputation as one of the best law firms in the country.
Mr. Wingens is also passionate about and deeply committed to using the law to advance social justice. It was his vision that inspired the creation of the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest to strategically channel all of the firm’s public interest efforts.
“I am humbled to have been elected to the Institute’s Board,” said Mr. Wingens. “I was privileged to work closely with Alan Lowenstein early in my career. The same vision that inspired him to found the Institute also inspires all of Lowenstein Sandler’s pro bono and public interest efforts. I am very much looking forward to working closely with the extraordinary Institute leadership to further advance Alan’s vision of a fair and just society.”
The Institute also welcomed Darrell Terry to the Board. Mr. Terry serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Newark. In this capacity, Mr. Terry oversees the operations of one of the Northeast’s best hospitals, including its more than 800 physicians and 3,200 employees, and its more than 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually.
Mr. Terry’s appointment to the position is historic: he is the first Black President, in Beth Israel Medical Center’s 116-year history, to serve as the President and CEO. Born in the hospital he now leads, Mr. Terry’s lifetime commitment to the Greater Newark community and its residents has earned him the deep respect of the residents he serves.
“I am greatly honored to have been named a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice,” said Mr. Terry. “The mission and goals of the Institute align naturally with the mission and goals of The Beth. In fact, our highest priorities are focused on empowering our neighbors in the community through education, programs and services to maintain good health and avert illness in order to advance their vision for their families and themselves.”
“As we move forward, our entire health care system will be directing significant resources to the social determinants of health, investing in nonclinical care to help people make good lifestyle choices, while ensuring improved access to high quality culturally competent clinical care,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. “The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is an important partner in addressing the needs of communities across our state and Darrell, a leader of one of the state’s most vital urban hospitals, will be an exceptional member of the Board.”
Mr. Wingens and Mr. Terry join a growing list of influential attorneys, educators, and business leaders who recently joined the Institute’s board. The Institute recently welcomed Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq., former Secretary of State for New Jersey; and Kenneth Y. Tanji, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Prudential Financial, Inc.