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Joyce Wilson Harley, Esq., is vice president of administration and finance for Essex County College. She was the first woman ever to hold the position of Essex County administrator, appointed by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo in 2005. She has also been an attorney specializing in community development, economic development, and public policy initiatives. Earlier, Harley served as executive director of the Newark Downtown District, New Jersey's largest Special Improvement District.

Harley is a graduate of Douglass College and Rutgers Law School. She served as director of community development for First Union Bank and Senior Vice President for Fleet Bank in New Jersey. She was the first African-American elected to the municipal council in South Orange, where she also served as mayor. In 2009, Harley was elected to the Rutgers Board of Trustees, and in 2010 she was appointed chair of the Building and Grounds Committee.

Harley has won numerous honors for her legal and community work, most recently including the Women In Media-Newark Political Trailblazer award. In 2012 she was named the Garden State Woman of the Year by Garden State Woman magazine for her success and leadership as a public servant. In 2015 she was inducted into the Essex County Democratic Committee Hall of Fame. She is a past president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey and the Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is active in the Essex County Chapter of The Links, Inc. and the Coalition of 100 Black Women of New Jersey.