Krystle Whitlock-Ude is a Newark native and proud product of the Newark Public Schools who graduated from University High School of the Humanities. She attended William Paterson University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Masters of Business Administration. Ms. Whitlock-Ude began her career at Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) where she served as the Special Assistant to the CFO and Financial Analyst, then became the Business Administrator at the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau.
While at NCEDC, Ms. Whitlock-Ude managed a $10 million budget that included forecasting and cash flow management for existing/proposed programs and services, prepared, reviewed and monitored financial statements/reports for grants and awards. Her collaboration with senior leadership ensured that there was execution of project deliverables, resolution of customer service issues, and frequent operational updates, thereby ensuring all timelines were met. It was also at NCEDC that Ms. Whitlock-Ude’s work with the summer youth employment program convinced her that she truly wanted to make a difference in the lives of Newark youth. In 2016 she was hired by the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ms. Whitlock-Ude’s fiscal and personal skills allowed her to be a valuable asset to this organization where she oversaw all fiscal operations and cultivated relationships with potential partners, elected officials, and donors.
In 2018, with the experiences gained in her previous positions, Ms. Whitlock-Ude began her career at the Newark Board of Education as the Senior Manager of Finance for the Office of Special Education, thereby taking the step necessary to work closer to students by being in a school district. In 2020, Ms. Whitlock-Ude joined the Office of Academic Services (OAS), working in that office as the principal financial analyst where she was responsible for monitoring all fiscal and operations mandates both for the office and the schools and assisting in implementation of all OAS initiatives.
Ms. Whitlock-Ude is adamant about giving back to the community where she was educated. Her goal has always been to support and help others achieve their educational goals, especially children. She believes preparing students for success in life and in academics, creates and builds a better living environment for everyone, and highlights what is possible within our society.