Background information on Rev. Zuline Gray Wilkinson
Rev. Zuline Wilkinson, Chester Eastside, Inc.’s new Executive Director, has worked in a number of cities – her native Philadelphia, the Boston area in Massachusetts, and Trenton, New Jersey, to be specific – during a remarkable career as a social worker and member of the clergy. So one might be moved to ask, why Chester? Without hesitation she replies, “I feel called by a passion and commitment to serve those in need in cities like Chester.
There are needs that are common to any of these communities, she says. But she knows that Chester, like other urban centers, has its own distinctive characteristics. “It’s too easy to focus just on the problems and forget the strengths.” And she comes with a wealth of knowledge about communities like Chester; as she says, their strengths as well as their challenges. “I am excited about joining Chester Eastside, Inc., and building upon the strong foundation that has been laid by Rev. Warren,” says the new Executive. “It has long been my desire to offer my gifts in a faith-based context and it has been a rewarding experience to work with the CEI Board, staff, community volunteers, government agencies, religious organizations and stakeholder groups.”
Rev. Wilkinson has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
As Vice President of JZ Associates, a management consulting firm, Rev.Wilkinson was
involved in development of training programs with a focus on women’s issues, bullying prevention, ex-offender life skills and work readiness. Over her career, she has had executive responsibility, as well as hands-on experience, in a wide range of social and behavioral health programs.