Meet Mayor Adrian O. Mapp

Adrian O. Mapp’s American story started in the beautiful islands of Barbados. He was from a hard working family with humble means. Although faced with social and economic challenges he was taught the importance of education and embraced it wholeheartedly. He developed a love of academics and began to debate and challenge the status quo. He would often go to school with a bottle of "sugar water" as his only source of nourishment and sometimes depended on the generosity of his schoolmates to share their lunch to get through the day. Through passion and perseverance, Adrian excelled in his studies, nurturing a love for mathematics and history while playing an occasional game of Cricket. Overcoming hardship and through love for family, he learned the importance of lifting people up, and this gave birth to his desire to give back through public service.

In 1977, at the age of 21, Adrian, and one of his brothers migrated to the US. He worked hard and took advantage of the opportunities around him, matriculating at several New Jersey Colleges and earning multiple degrees. He followed his desire to give back and eventually ran for public office.

On January 1, 2014, Adrian O. Mapp was sworn into office as the Mayor of the City of Plainfield. Upon assuming office, he embarked on an aggressive agenda focused on rebuilding the city’s economy and ensuring opportunity for all residents. Under his stewardship, the city is experiencing an economic renaissance marked by a quarter of a billion dollars in new redevelopment projects. He has also successfully implemented new policy programs focused on fairness and equity including progressive new laws such as paid sick leave for workers.

In keeping with his commitment to lift up every part of the city, there are over 62 economic development projects underway in every ward. These projects include new single-family homes, mixed-use and multifamily buildings, and commercial developments. In 2014, under Mayor Mapp’s leadership, the New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded Plainfield a Transit Village designation, which was an important catalyst for its economic resurgence. The city was also granted New Jersey Future’s 2015 Smart Growth Award for its transformative “Netherwood Transit-Oriented Development Plan,” which is ushering in new high-quality retail, housing, and employment opportunities.

Most recently, Mayor Mapp cut the ribbon on a 44,000 SF state-of-the-art facility for ABC Supply Company. This $30 million project revitalized a Brownfield site that was vacant for 30 years and is the largest mixed-use redevelopment project in the Fourth Ward in over 50 years. The next phase of this development includes 90 units of workforce housing.

As part of his effort to ensure equal access to opportunity, he has implemented several major policy initiatives aimed at addressing economic inequality and health disparities. These initiatives include Plainfield Promise and Healthy Plainfield. Most notably, Plainfield Promise seeks to provide every child in kindergarten, whose parent(s), or guardian(s) reside in Plainfield, with a bank account for college savings as well as financial literacy training. Additionally, it will create a scholarship fund for economically disadvantaged high school graduates who live in Plainfield to attend Union County College. It will also create targeted vocational and job training initiatives.

Prior to his mayoral election, Adrian served as councilman of the Second and Third Wards at-large and the Third Ward of Plainfield for over12 years and was also a Union County Freeholder from 2005 to 2007. A certified public accountant and municipal finance specialist, he is currently the Director of Finance and the Qualified Purchasing Agent for the City of Orange Township.

Adrian’s successes and service as Mayor have not gone unrecognized. He has received awards from numerous organizations including the Plainfield Fire Officer's Association; the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce; NJ Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics; the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA); Genesis Seventh-day Adventist Church; and the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of ELKS of the World.

The Consulate General of Ecuador in New Jersey has honored Adrian for bringing about change to the diverse cultures in the community. The Rotary Club of Plainfield/North Plainfield for his steadfast approach to enhancing the quality of life for residents and property owners in the city of Plainfield, and he has received the Service Above Self Award from the Rotary Club of Plainfield.

A proud Plainfield resident for almost 40 years, Adrian is married to his childhood sweetheart, Amelia Mapp, née Morris. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Shermona and Ayisha. Mayor Mapp and his family are active members of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield, where he and Amelia were married 37 years ago. Adrian served on the vestry and was a devoted Sunday School Teacher and mentor for many years.

Adrian holds an M.B.A. in International Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a B.S. in Accounting from Rutgers University, and an A.A. in Public Administration from Union County College. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO), and a Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA).

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