New Ark Farms & Jersey Cider Works
Charles Rosen is the founder of Jersey Cider Works, makers of Ironbound Hard Cider, and New Ark Farms – a Newark-based social enterprise focused on workforce development and regenerative agriculture. In addition to New Ark Farm’s commitment to providing living wages to ex-offenders and other underserved members of the Greater Newark community, the company, in partnership with Columbia University, has developed a curriculum to educate employees in character development, conflict resolution, and communications skills. Charles believes that this “soft-skills” training will build a stronger workforce, while also arming his employees with the tools needed to better serve their own communities. As he builds this network of integrated companies, Charles draws heavily on his background as co-founder and former CEO of Amalgamated, a fully-integrated advertising agency and brand consultancy globally recognized for its proprietary strategic approach known as Cultural Branding – a methodology for establishing brands as cultural leaders. In addition to his duties as CEO, Charles led the agency’s efforts in social justice and political advocacy. Charles, a former attorney and movie producer, currently sits on the Mayor of Newark’s Corporate Advisory Council, the Newark Workforce Investment Board, and the Board of Advisors of Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law in 1993.