Kevin Seawright is administrative operations and financial leader well known for his ability to achieve business targets. He serves as the executive vice president and CFO of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (Newark CEDC). Seawright has an interesting work life that spans in both the public and private sectors. He started his career in finance in a government position at Baltimore, Maryland. After earning various key awards in a period of 11 years, Seawright leveraged his construction and financial management expertise to venture into the private industry. His huge experience culminated to his appointment as the executive vice president and CFO of Newark CEDC.
His enthusiasm is vivid, and every interview really drives that home, given that the organization is at a stage when its efforts are having a huge effect on the growth of Newark. Seawright points out that he is honored to play a role in the positive change, an honor he often talks about on Twitter. Newark is creating an economic model under Mayor Baraka that uses capital for development of small businesses, Wi-Fi access, and its port in addition to the railroad lines, highways, and diverse communities. The corporation has a summer employment program that absorbs 3,000 Newark students thus promoting economic growth, which is important for Newark’s future.
Seawright has devoted his life to enabling urban cities develop and changing the lives of the city dwellers. For more than 13 years, Seawright has used his financial experience to improve communities on the East Coast. When it comes to a situation that requires a creative solution, Seawright always transforms his thought process and attitude to handle such a situation. The positive attitude and adaptation have played a key role in his success thus far.
CrunchBase shows that his journey started when his parents introduced him to financial stewardship. By his 12th birthday, he was already working in youth programs transforming lives within Philadelphia’s inner city. His dedication and diligence has inspired him to continue changing the lives of adults and children first in Philadelphia, Baltimore and presently, Newark. Seawright values college education both as a training and teaching tool. Recently, he completed an executive leadership three part course that teaches about the principles of heading a transformational organization at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Seawright views success in two ways. Firstly, is by having a great relationship with his immediate family especially his daughter and the extended family. Secondly, success to him is contributing meaningfully to the community. His life experiences have contributed to his success. Despite of the many achievements that Seawright has had, he notes that there is still a lot more that needs to be done in Newark. This includes making capital available to medium sized and small businesses as well as contributing to real estate and construction projects. His experience is expected to help the city of Newark and its economy grow through Newark CEDC, which is the main development catalyst for the city.