AIC Gala Fundraiser - Honorees

Erik Estrada
Community Manager at Community Foundation of South Jersey

As the Community Manager at the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ), Erik is responsible for the execution of CFSJ’s signature community leadership initiative, Transform South Jersey, which aims to strengthen the social, cultural and economic vibrancy of South Jersey communities by activating residents to shape the future of their towns based on what matters most to them.

Prior to joining CFSJ, Erik served in a variety of roles with multiple national program offices of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Most recently, he helped launch Forward Promise, a national program office established to promote the health and well-being of boys and young men of color. Based out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, Erik helped develop and implement the program’s grantmaking and technical assistance strategies. Before that, he managed research and evaluation initiatives of RWJF’s statewide grantmaking program, New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI). In addition to studying the feasibility and impact of NJHI’s field building efforts, he worked closely with their youth-focused and capacity building programs as well. 

Erik’s introduction to both philanthropy and New Jersey came by way of National Urban Fellows, a rigorous leadership development and graduate degree program in which he earned a Master of Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York, while completing a nine-month fellowship with RWJF. He also holds a Master of Science in Public Affairs – Community Development from Rutgers University at Camden and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He now resides in Westville, New Jersey with his wife Tonia, and their twin cavapoos Enastasia & Alejandro. 

Cassie Iacovelli
Executive Director at MainStreet Hammonton

Cassie Iacovelli is beginning her fourteenth year as the Executive Director of MainStreet Hammonton, a program started in 1993 and recognized as one of the most successful MainStreet programs in New Jersey. Cassie also serves on the Hammonton Arts Advisory Committee, Hammonton Health Coalition, Hammonton Covid Relief Economic Impact Committee and Hammonton Pedestrian & Bike Steering Committee. Prior to her position in Hammonton, Cassie was the Assistant Dean of Campus Life at Rider University. She holds a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services from The College of New Jersey and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seton Hall University Cassie has lived in Hammonton with her husband John since 2008. They love Hammonton and enjoy time with their family which includes time at the Jersey shore