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Former Rutgers Eagleton director honored for her community service

Photo by Courtesy of Princeton Area Community Foundation |

Nelida Valentin, of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, presented the 2018 Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service to Ingrid and Marvin Reed for their dedication to the community, and years of service in roles at both Rutgers and in the Princeton area.

The Princeton Area Community Foundation has honored Ingrid Reed, the former director of the NJ Project at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, according to a press release. 

The 2018 Leslie “Bud” Vivian Award for Community Service was shared with her husband Marvin Reed, the former mayor of the Princeton borough, according to the release. 

Married for 59 years, they are the first couple to receive the award, according to the release. 

“Marvin and Ingrid Reed spent decades serving the Princeton region and New Jersey,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, the president & CEO of the Princeton Area Community Foundation. “Their service to our communities has made our region a better place to live.”

The NJ Project at Eagleton coordinates, strengthens and expands Eagleton’s efforts to assist individuals, governments and organizations in shaping New Jersey’s political and policy agenda, according to its website. The project carries out public service and educational programs, research efforts and informational assistance. 

Ingrid Reed directed the project from 1996 to 2010 and chaired the Governor’s Task Force on Local Government Ethics at Eagleton, according to the release. 

Outside of Eagleton, her community service career has spanned decades.

“Ingrid served as co-chair of the 1979 effort at consolidating Princeton Borough and Township and as Chair of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation,” according to the release. “She also served on the boards of the League of Women Voters, the Princeton Adult School and the Princeton Symphony.”

Her many other roles included being a founding member of the Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls, being founder and Board Chair of NJ Spotlight and a board member of WomanSpace.

She also does work with the Princeton Public Library, including hosting an election night event, according to the release.

Her husband has been active in the community as well. 

He served as mayor of Princeton from 1990 to 2003, after serving six years as a councilman, according to the release. As mayor, he oversaw the Hinds Plaza Redevelopment Project, which developed a new public library, affordable apartments and a parking garage. He was also instrumental in creating the Princeton Arts Council. 

The couple has decided to use the award’s small grant toward the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton Arts Council and the Paul Robeson House, according to the release. 

Brendan Brightman

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