574 Valley Street
Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
Victor De Luca
(973) 762-8120 ext. 2105
Victor De Luca grew up in Clifton, NJ and graduated from Montclair State University. At MSU, he was elected as president of the sophomore and junior classes, and as a student government representative.
In 1974, Mr. De Luca became a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) and was assigned to the Ironbound Community Corporation, a Newark-based social service and community organizing organization. In 1975, he became ICC’s Director and remained in that position for 15 years. During his tenure Mr. De Luca lead efforts to create neighborhood-based and city-wide organizing campaigns for affordable housing, tenants’ rights, food security, environmental justice, and health care for all.
After leaving ICC in 1991, Mr. De Luca spent 25 years at the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; serving as a Program Officer for nine years and then as President for 16 years. His leadership steered the Foundation into supporting grassroots groups across the US working to advance racial justice, gender equity, and environmental sustainability.
In 1994, Mr. De Luca and his wife became first-time homebuyers in Maplewood. He became the Hilton Neighborhood Association's first president in 1995 and continues to serve on the Association’s Executive Board. In 1996, Mr. De Luca joined other residents, business owners and elected officials on the board of the Springfield Avenue Partnership.
In 1997, Mr. De Luca was first elected to the Maplewood Township Committee. During his tenure, he served 14 years as Maplewood’s Mayor. Mr. De Luca is a Maplewood Library Trustee, and a member of Springfield Avenue Partnership Board. He chairs Sustainable Maplewood and the Maplewood Affordable Housing Board. For many years, Mr. De Luca served on the Maplewood Planning Board and New Jersey Conference of Mayors Board. He was also a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mayors for Solar, and Mayors Against LGBTQ Discrimination, as well as a signatory of We Are Still In, which supports climate action.
In 2015, Mr. De Luca was a Silver Inductee in the New Jersey League of Municipalities Mayors Hall of Fame and received the Elected Official Award from the New Jersey Municipal Managers Association. In 2018, he was inducted into the New Jersey League of Municipalities Elected Officials Hall of Fame and in 2019, Mr. De Luca received Sustainable Jersey’s Environmental Leadership Award.