Board of Commissioners




Charles A. Bell was appointed as a member to the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2014. He now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. As former Central Ward Councilman Mr. Bell has always been an advocate for the citizens of Newark. He served as the Director of Affirmative Action for 30 years with Newark Housing Authority and chaired the City Council Affirmative Action Committee. During his time as President of the Newark Housing Council he oversaw the development of Georgia King Village, New Hope Village, Willie Wright Homes and 2000 town houses. Mr. Bell was instrumental in implementing Newark Housing Authority Section 3 program.


Angella Palmer has been a member of the Board of Commissioners since August 2007 and currently serves as the Board Vice Chairperson. An employee of Verizon and a resident of Newark, Ms. Palmer is the Network Services Coordinator in the network engineering/capacity management operations. Ms.Palmer holds an MBA and Human Resource Management degree from the University of Phoenix, Jersey City, as well as a bachelor's degree in justice studies from Montclair State University. She is also an American Bar Association Board Certified Paralegal.






Delores B. Lewis was appointed as a member of the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2014 and currently serves as the Board Treasurer. Ms. Lewis worked for the City of Newark for 31 years and served as the Senior Aide for the Mayor’s office from 2002-2006 where her efforts as an outspoken advocate for senior rights did not go unrecognized. Her mission is to ensure that all Housing Authority residents are properly treated and represented




Modia "Mo" Butler joined the Board of Commissioners in 2006. He currently serves as Senator Cory Booker’s State Director. Mr. Butler has a longstanding commitment to the underserved in Newark.  He is a former president of Newark Now, a citywide civic leadership organization that provides Newark residents with the skills, tools and support to transform their lives and neighborhoods. Mr. Butler holds a bachelor's degree from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers-New Brunswick.




Edward Osborne was appointed as a member to the Board of Commissioners on August 3, 2011. Mr. Osborne currently serves as Councilman At-Large for the City of Newark and represents the New Jersey Building Construction Laborers District Council at a municipal, county, state and federal level. Mr. Osborne has extensive experience in urban planning relating to green construction concepts. His extensive experience helps him to comply with any and all regulations of governing construction. His goal is to help Newark residents who are economically challenged to gain independence and to enhance the quality of life for moderate and low income individuals, seniors and families with children.  He is a graduate of the National Labor College and founder of the Second Street Block Association. 



Martinique W. Costa was appointed as a member of the Board of Commissioners on July 1, 2014. Ms. Costa currently works for Laborers Eastern Region Organizing Fund.  As an organizer, Ms. Costa has worked with community members in New Jersey, New York and Delaware on residential construction projects in their city.  Her work in areas such of organizing, management, and customer service are beneficial experiences that will add value for the residents of Newark Housing Authority. 


Keith Kinard has served as Executive Director of the Newark Housing Authority for nine years, since June 2006. He also serves as secretary of the Board. Mr. Kinard has worked in the affordable housing industry for 20 years. During the past nine years at NHA, he has worked to have the agency removed from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) “troubled” list for substantially poor performing housing programs for low-income families in City of Newark. Through his leadership and top management team the NHA has reversed many of the issues that plagued the agency including but not limited to resolved all financial audit findings, received an A+ rating from Standard & Poor’s for four consecutive years (2011-2014), opened nine (9) new affordable housing developments throughout the City, achieved a consistent rent collection rate of 97%, increased the percent of families served and units leased through the Section 8 Voucher Program by 14%, received a High Performer Designation from HUD for the Section 8 Voucher program. Prior to joining NHA, Mr. Kinard was the executive director of the Pittsburgh Housing Authority, the second largest housing authority in Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maine and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh