Brookdale Community College is pleased to announce Steve Clayton as the newest member of the Board of Trustees. As a former student and first-generation college student, Clayton understands the significance of the role that Brookdale plays in Monmouth County and its students’ lives. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in History & Sociology from the University of Maryland-College Park and earned his Master of Science in Public Policy & Management from Carnegie Mellon University after a career in financial services.

“I am honored and excited to serve as a Trustee for an institution that is vital to Monmouth County, its students, and its economy,” said Clayton. “As a former Brookdale student, I hope to ensure that today’s students are given the same opportunities as I was fortunate enough to have received.”

Clayton’s professional background includes working for industry leaders in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Additionally, he has experience in local governance, having served on the Ocean Township Board of Education. Currently, he serves as the Director of Development for Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ), a statewide nonprofit focused on ensuring that children can grow up safe, healthy, and educated.

“Steve’s appointment by the Monmouth County Board of Commissioners to the Board of Trustees is a testament to his dedication to service and passion for education,” said Chairman Paul Crupi.

Throughout his professional career, Clayton has exhibited the ability to unite people and bring them together toward a common goal by listening to different perspectives and identifying areas of potential agreement and compromise.

“The success of our community college lies in our ability to collaborate and make progress towards our shared goals,” said President David M. Stout. “We are committed to fostering a culture of teamwork and cooperation, and I am confident that Steve’s contribution will be invaluable to the Board of Trustees as we work towards advancing the mission and vision of Brookdale Community College.”

In addition to his professional achievements, Clayton is an active member of his community and serves on several boards. As a member of the Alumni Association Board at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, he continues to support his alma mater and contribute to developing the next generation of leaders. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, where he works tirelessly to assist and support those in need. When not working or serving his community, Clayton enjoys running, reading, and learning about history.