Dashay M. Carter is a native of Newark, New Jersey and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. After graduating from Emory University, she joined the United States Army as an Aviation Operations Specialist in order to give back and serve her country.
Throughout her childhood, Dashay always had a passion for education and valued the importance of learning. She was first introduced to service to others during high school as a member of the Newark Youth Council for the South Ward under the leadership of former Mayor Cory A. Booker. She later served as a founding member and advisor for the Newark Youth Council under new Mayor Ras J. Baraka. As a former Youth Council member, Dashay was well versed on the issues, challenges, and opportunities for Newark youth to create a voice for themselves and how to become engaged in community decision-making.
Currently, Dashay is the Senior Human Resource Manager for the Newark Housing Authority (NHA). The NHA is one of the largest public housing authorities in the state of New Jersey and the eleventh largest in the nation. In her role, she is responsible for employee and labor relations, negotiating union collective bargaining agreements and resolving grievances and disciplinary action.
Prior to joining the NHA, Dashay was the Assistant Director of NewarkWORKS, which focuses on increasing the employment rate for Newark residents by providing vocational training and employment opportunities for residents to become self-sufficient.
Dashay believes that her greatest work is her passion for education and community service, with a strong focus on improving public school education. Her daily mantra is “Education is freedom and we must invest in our knowledge as it pays the best return on our investment.” Her favorite quote, by Maya Angelou, is:“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. If you don’t like something, change it.”