Jovina Johnson becomes president of the Journal Square Community Association


The Journal Square Community Association elected Jovina Johnson as its new president.

She replaces Kevin Bing, who stepped down after leading the association for the past two years.

Johnson, a human resources professional, was first elected to the group’s board of trustees in February 2020.

Johnson said her priorities will include increasing the group’s diversity to more accurately reflect the population in Journal Square and the city overall, expanding the JSQCA’s relationships with local business, and overseeing a return to in-person meetings and events.

Bing, who was first elected to the Journal Square group’s board in 2017 and who was re-elected to the board this month, called his service as JSQCA president “the highlight” of his civic career. By stepping down after two years as president, Bing noted that he was following the precedent set by Bill Armbruster, the group’s first president, who currently serves as secretary.

JSQCA, founded in 2016, has approximately 80 members, who pay annual dues of $25.

It is the only community association in the city that belongs to Jersey City Together, composed primarily of religious congregations that focuses on the school funding crisis, criminal justice reform, tenant rights, and affordable housing.

The group’s slogan is “Working together to build a better community – Clean, Green and Safe.”

Much of the JSQCA’s work is accomplished through its committees, including Clean, Green, Construction and Planning, Safe, History, Transportation, Homeless Outreach, and Communications and Outreach.

The JSQCA normally meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon, except during the summer when it meets the second Monday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m..

Its next meeting is March 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jersey City’s Director of Health and Human Services Stacey Flanagan and the city’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Soraya Hebron will be guest speakers.

The meeting will be live-streamed on the group’s Facebook page and on Youtube.

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