West Ward Council Candidate
Mecca Keyes is a Newark native and graduate of Essex County Technical Career Center (Newark Tech) high school. Mecca continued her education at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1998). Upon returning to Newark, Mecca began a seventeen-year vocation with Verizon formerly Bell-Atlantic NJ and currently works as a Circuit Layout Assigner and is a member of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 827. In 2015, Mecca was a participant in the New Jersey State AFL-CIO Labor Candidate training program. Intrigued by local and national political process and public policy, Mecca obtained her Post-Baccalaureate in Political Science from Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey (2005). Mecca later earned a Master of Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey (2008).
Mecca is a homeowner of the Vailsburg neighborhood for the past thirteen years. Currently, Mecca serves as the Community Liaison Officer to the Heart of Vailsburg Block Club Coalition – a resident led association of neighbors convened to improve quality of life through resident capacity building, neighborhood communications, and community-building projects.
Mecca has participated in numerous community and neighborhood revitalization training sessions, from community organizing to how to connect program design to impact community economic development. She initiated a trash campaign for her block, which she solicited and secured trashcans from the Newark Downtown District. Her efforts have inspired neighborhood kids to take pride in their community by cleaning and maintaining the trashcans.
Dedicating herself to serving the community through volunteerism, Mecca serves as a Volunteer Project Coordinator at Jersey Cares. For the past four years, Mecca has been assigned to the Community Foodbank of NJ and was celebrated as (2017) Jersey Cares February Volunteer Star of the Month.
Mecca holds membership with several local and national civic organizations and has been recognized by peers and associations for her many years of service-based volunteerism. She is a member of the Essex County Democratic Committee in Newark’s West Ward 30th District, Leadership Newark Class of 2018 Fellow, Emerge NJ Class of 2016 Alumnae, Newark Resident Leadership Academy recipient, and is the Economic Development Committee Chairperson for the Newark NAACP and serves as an executive board member for the Special Improvement District – Partnership West, Incorporated. In 2016,
Mecca was awarded the Vailsburg Community Service Award and the North Jersey Chapter of National Action Network Fannie Lou Hamer Award. Mecca Keyes leaps forward in 2017 as the recipient of the Bill Watson Community Sustainability Award.