|Volume 10 Number 1, Winter 1999|
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Trustee President: A Community Leader
Ever since Alberto Coutinho became a member of the Library's Board of Trustees in 1994, he has adopted a hands-on approach to Library activities and procedures. And his dedication has heightened since his election as Trustee President last June. This comes as no surprise, because of his legendary commitment to his community.
A native Newarker, he has been active in the Ironbound (in numerous clubs and associations, as well as being Director of Sales for Coutinho's Bakery), in Newark (as Commissioner to the Board of Adjustment and to the Central Planning Board), and in Essex County (Commissioner, Utilities Authority). A distinction that reached its zenith in 1997 when he became the first Portuguese-American to serve in the New Jersey State Assembly (District 29).
His social and cultural activities include membership on the Board of Directors of the Ironbound Strikers Soccer Club in Newark, Portugal Day Festival Organizing & Executive Committees, Trustee and founding member of "The Bernardino Coutinho Foundation for Community Development," Trustee of the New Jersey State Opera. In addition, he is a member of the Ironbound Boys and Girls Club,
the New York Economist Club, Newark Emergency Services for Families (trustee), Omicron Delta Epsilon (International Honor Society of Economics), East Ward Juvenile Justice Conference Committee, and, among others, the Ironbound Blockwatch Association.
Since being inducted into the National Honor Society in 1987, he has received more than two dozen awards.
Mr. Coutinho holds an MBA in Management & International Business (with distinction) from New York University (1992). He graduated from New York University in 1991 with a BS in Economics & Finance (top honors).
When asked about the most memorable achievement of the Library since he became a Trustee, Mr. Coutinho smiled and said: "The reopening of the totally renovated and expanded Van Buren Branch Library.
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