Genia C. Philip, Esq.
Principal & CEO
The COREN Group


Ms. Genia C. Philip, Esq. is a much respected professional who is well-known for being highly effective and an expert and leader in the, non-profit, legal, political and small business arenas.  Ms. Philip is the founder and Principal /CEO of the COREN Group, an Organizational Management & Strategic Consulting Firm whose services successfully position organizations to realize their full potential, maximize their impact, seize growth opportunities and achieve their goals. Ms. Philip is well regarded as an expert in the areas of organizational day-to-day management; program and services assessment, design, development and enhancement; short and long range operational, tactical and strategic planning; needs assessments and organizational enhancement planning; system evaluations and improvement; staff assessment and development planning; and, policies and procedures development.

Throughout her professional career, Ms. Philip created and managed several successful non-staffed not-for-profit organizations and for-profit businesses; all of which are fully functional today and she continues to hold key leadership positions in political organizations.  In addition to the COREN Group, she is the Owner of the Genia C. Philip Law Firm and was also the founding President of the Grenadian American Organization and the Caribbean Bar Association of New Jersey.

 Ms. Philip also has extensive experience successfully managing established not-for-profit organizations with multifaceted funding, programmatic, organizational, staff, and management structures.  Specifically, she has served as the Executive Director of and the Director of Administration and Contract Performance for Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc., a one-stop comprehensive social services agency which provides much needed social services to Essex County residents.  She has also served as Acting Executive Director for the Newark Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (“NWIB”), and was responsible for workforce development planning, policy development and oversight in the local Newark workforce investment area, during the transition between the City Mayors. Ms. Philip was an attorney for numerous years at Essex-Newark Legal Services where she developed and managed several programs, handled complex litigation cases and engaged in advocacy and community education.

Ms. Philip’s exceptional work ethic, strong leadership, organization management ability and proven expertise in several disciplines which include the law, non-profit management, human services and politics have not gone unrecognized.  Specifically, she was appointed as a member of the National Alliance for Children and Families, Annual Executive Leadership Conference Planning Committee and has been selected by the Prudential Foundation and the Partnership in Philanthropy to participate in non-profit capacity building focus groups.  Most recently, she was appointed by Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and the Board of Chosen Freeholders to serve on the Essex County Human Services Advisory Council.  Ms. Philip was also appointed by then Governor-Elect Jon Corzine to the “Revitalizing and Investing in Communities” Transition Team Policy Group in January 2006 and participated in then Mayor-Elect Cory A. Booker’s Real Estate Policy Group Transition Team in June 2006. In 2005, Ms. Philip was appointed to the City of Newark’s Workforce Investment Board and elected by the Board to serve as chair of the Youth Investment Council (“YIC”).  Ms. Philip was accepted into the competitive Leadership New Jersey Fellowship, Class of 2008 and the Leadership Newark Fellowship Class of 2004.  She was also tapped to serve as chairperson of the Leadership Newark Selection and Recruitment Committees.  Ms. Philip was selected in 2003 and still remains the Vice-Chairperson of the political action committee Black Americans Lobbying of Leadership of Tomorrow (BALLOT).  In partnership with the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP), Ms. Philip co-chairs the Run Sister Run Campaign Training for Women Conference, a program to increase the number of women of color in elected positions in New Jersey.

 Ms. Philip has received several awards including the Shirley Chisholm Award from Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver,  the Paul Flynn Alumni Award for Outstanding Service from Leadership Newark, Inc., the Madeline L. Houston Outstanding Attorney Award from Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) “in recognition and admiration for her skillful and dedicated representation of low-income clients of ENLS”, the Friend of the People Award from the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the Dr. Robert Ailey Award for the her ‘ability through leadership to successfully bring people together to achieve a common goal’ from Baruch College to name a few.  Ms. Philip earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law in June 1999 and a Bachelor in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems at the City University of New York, Bernard M. Baruch College in August 1995.  She has also received a Certificate in Non-Profit Financial Management from Seton Hall University in May 2008. Ms. Philip is a member of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange, New Jersey.