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Joseph Palazzolo, Ed.D.

Program Director, Education & Early Care

Dr. Palazzolo joined New Jersey Community Capital in August 2006 as a Lending Officer and was promoted to Lending Team Leader for Education and Early Care in the fall of 2011 and Program Director in 2020. Responsible for NJCC’s lending in the education and early care sectors, Dr. Palazzolo’s primary duties include generating new business development in his target sectors, performing on-going relationship management, underwriting and closing loans, and managing grant funds devoted to credit-enhancing charter school transactions. Dr. Palazzolo also manages NJCC’s early care fund and helps manage NJCC’s creative placemaking fund.

Dr. Palazzolo brings to this position construction management experience gained during his tenure at a nonprofit redevelopment agency and an undeniable passion for expanding educational opportunities. In addition to his duties at NJCC, Dr. Palazzolo is an Instructor at Monmouth University’s Leon Hess Business School. He also serves on the boards of several local, national, and international nonprofit organizations. He also owns and operates several small businesses with regional and international footprints.

Dr. Palazzolo holds a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Rutgers University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Graduate Certificate as a Public Relations Specialist, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Curriculum Studies from Monmouth University.