NJ Community Capital Appoints General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer

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New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), the New Brunswick-based nonprofit community development financial institution, announced that Melinda Colón Cox will join the organization as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Cox’s 15 years of experience will inform her legal counsel as she works with clients and colleagues to improve internal processes and increase efficiency in accordance with the NJCC’s risk framework.

“NJCC has reached more than 115,750 people since its inception, and we are excited to add Melinda’s expertise to our leadership team, while continuing to strengthen and streamline services to New Jersey communities,” said Bernel Hall, president and CEO of New Jersey Community. Capital city. “Melinda’s experience throughout her career and her focus on financial literacy and real estate investing make her an incredible asset to our team and our organization.”

Melinda Colon Cox“It is an honor to join New Jersey Community Capital’s legal team as its first general counsel and I look forward to becoming fully involved in the important community-building work the organization does,” Cox said. “It has always been one of my goals to find an organization that I could align with on mission and I look forward and excited to be in an environment that is receptive and grateful for the myriad of skills and contributions I have. will provide to the communities and clients served by the NJCC.

Cox joins NJCC from GDP Law, where she served as a partner and executive committee member representing national banks and financial institutions, mortgage lenders and managers, start-ups and other miscellaneous businesses. His practice focused on commercial and civil litigation, contested foreclosures, consumer finance and protection, contract disputes, and compliance with state and federal regulations. Cox was the firm’s first partner and first female partner at PIB Law’s Somerset head office, as well as the first female partner on its Executive Committee. Prior to joining PIB Law, Cox was a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Shipp for the District of New Jersey. She was also a partner at a large New Jersey firm, in its strategic business unit redevelopment and commercial real estate teams.

Cox has been active in the New Jersey legal community for years. She is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, where she has served on its board of directors since 2008, and is a past member of the National Women’s Law Center Leadership Advisory Committee. Cox currently serves on the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee and Diversity Committee, as well as New Jersey’s Supreme Civil Practice Committee. She is also the proud president of the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to find a cure for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain tumor that affects young children.

NJCC is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides an innovative toolkit of financial products, programs, and services to advance equity and opportunity in underserved communities. The NJCC supports the preservation and development of affordable housing and sustainable community development enterprises that increase jobs, improve education, and strengthen neighborhoods to ensure communities can thrive.

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