Latarsha Burke is an Expectant/Parenting Youth and Program Support Specialist for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. For the past eighteen years Mrs. Burke has worked and volunteered in multiple capacities advocating for at risk youth and families in New Jersey.
Latarsha Burke graduated from The College of New Jersey in 1995 with a degree in English Liberal Arts and a minor in Criminal Justice. In 2010 she received a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.
After spending much time in the community advocating, Mrs. Burke believed she needed to contribute more to her community. In 2011 Mrs. Burke became a volunteer for the Trenton African American Pride Festival as a Logistics Coordinator and in 2013 became the Executive Director of the organization. In 2014, the Trenton African American Cultural Festival organization was honored by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Senator Shirley Turner, and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora to “affirm its importance within the Trenton community and this State.” In that same year, during Trenton Small Business Week, the Honorable Mayor Eric Jackson recognized the Marketing success of the cultural festival.
Mrs. Burke is the driving force behind the expanded vision of the organization with the name change to The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County in the spring of 2016. Under her leadership, the slogan “more than just a festival”, gained momentum with the addition of a summer long Back to Basics Block Party Series, an Inaugural Jazz/Comedy Festival and Gospel Empowerment Festival in downtown Trenton, New Jersey.