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Meet the Senior Policy Fellow

Ishiya HayesIshiya Hayes is the Senior Policy Fellow for the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association at the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy (JSWIPP) of Thomas Edison State University. In this role she coordinates all of the activities of the NJUMA, which includes planning meetings and conferences as well as providing technical assistance, analyzing issues, and creating policy recommendations for strategies to improve the quality of life in urban centers. Additionally, she serves as editor of the Urban Mayors Press, a periodical created to share information and resources with the NJUMA and its statewide and federal partners.

Prior to this, Ms. Hayes was the Fellow for The Center for Health Policy Development of JSWIPP where she leveraged partnerships among local organizations in efforts to advance policies that improve the health of New Jersey residents. She initially joined the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy as an Associate Fellow to work on economic development initiatives through the first urban-focused Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). Additionally she has co-authored and provided research for The Cost of Poverty: The Perpetuating Cycle of Concentrated Poverty in New Jersey Cities report, and the 2019 New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Program Assessment study for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

Ms. Hayes earned a Masters of Public Service Leadership with an area of study in Public Health/Public Policy from Thomas Edison State University, a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University where she double-majored in English and Africana Studies and minored in sociology, and an Associate in Arts in liberal arts from Mercer County Community College. She continues to expand her knowledge, especially concerning municipal and state policy. She is a current member of the NJ State League of Municipalities Legislative Committee.

For more information about the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and to find out how you can assist with its important mission, please contact:

Ishiya A. Hayes, MPSL
Senior Policy Fellow
The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Tel: (609) 777-4351, ext. 4254
Fax: (609) 777-3207

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