Kim Gaddy is the Environmental Justice Organizer for Clean Water Fund/ Clean Water Action. Kim develops and implements the NJ Clean Water Action/Clean Water Fund’s grassroots environmental justice campaigns and coalition building efforts.
Kim graduated from Weequahic High School and Rutgers University. Kim remembers her teacher’s request: “don’t forget Newark.” This influenced her to return to her native city to begin a career serving the residents of Newark.
Her journey into community service began as an Aide to former Newark Council President and South Ward Councilman Donald Bradley. She worked in Municipal government in Newark for 12 years and served as the first female Chief of Staff for Councilwoman-At-Large Mildred Crump. She is the former Chair of the Newark Environmental Commission, member of the NJDEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and founding member of the NJ Environmental Justice Alliance.
Her illustrious career as an environmental advocate began in 2001 after her daughter Frankie Mo’Nay was diagnosed with chronic asthma. Since then, she has established herself as a national voice on environmental justice and has emerged as a leading advocate for preserving and protecting our environment by promoting healthy and vibrant communities. Kim is a 2007 recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Environmental Community award.
In addition to her many years of faithful and devoted service to the residents of Newark, Kim enjoyed a highly successful tenure as Founder and Executive Director of the South Ward Cultural Center. During her time as Executive Director, she received praise for establishing an array of noteworthy programs, including the afterschool tutorial enrichment program for latchkey and at-risk adolescents, which has been adopted by a number of community-based organizations throughout Newark.
Kim remains active in the community by devoting many hours to various youth, civic, community, and charitable organizations. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Nutley. She also serves as State President of the International Black Women’s Congress of New Jersey and is the founder of the Urban Environmental Institute’s Leadership Training Program. In addition, she served as the former President of Weequahic High and Harriet Tubman Elementary Schools PTA and previously served as Vice President of the Newark Legacy Charter School Parents Circle.
She is the proud mom of Sonny, Frankie Mo’Nay, and Julian.