Gloria Strickland is the Senior Vice President, Chief Youth and Community Development Officer and the Director of the All Stars Project of New York (ASP of NY). As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Ms. Strickland works to creatively advance the ASP’s standard of excellence for youth programs around the country, train program leaders and staff and implement community-based strategies that engage leaders and policy makers in the All Stars Project’s mission.
As the Director of ASP of NY, she will be working closely with ASP’s Senior Leadership Team, local leaders and staff and other New York stakeholders on the design and implementation of a plan to reimagine and recreate our first and largest market in ways that advance ASP’s strategic vision and operational capabilities in 2022 and beyond.
From 1999 to 2018, Ms. Strickland served as the founding Director and later as the City Leader of the All Stars Project of New Jersey where she helped establish the Afterschool Development movement locally. During her tenure, the ASP of New Jersey grew to reach over two thousand underprivileged youths each year in Newark and Jersey City and to engage the support of more than a thousand individuals and corporations in the Garden State.
She was instrumental in the opening of the Scott Flamm Center for Afterschool Development in downtown Newark (2013 – 2020), which played a significant role in advancing All Stars and Afterschool Development to a next level of influence and impact in New Jersey. She also spearheaded a groundbreaking partnership with the City of Newark and Mayor Ras Baraka, leading to the development of Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids in Newark in which hundreds of police officers and young people have participated since 2017.
Ms. Strickland has a forty-year record of commitment, innovative leadership, and service to our country’s poor communities. Prior to joining the ASP, she served as Executive Director of the Somerset Community Action Program (SCAP) and Somerset County Head Start in New Jersey. She has served on numerous committees and taskforces to advance the quality of outside of school with teenagers and children, and she received a Distinguish Leader Award in Service from Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Education.
Ms. Strickland has a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from New York University.