Board of Directors

Rachael D'Silva

Interim President

Rachael is originally from Toronto, Canada. She has lived in Jersey City since 2008 and in Harsimus Cove since 2013. She is also a core member of the Downtown Harvest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group, an organization that supports a local New Jersey farmer who supplies organic, seasonal vegetables through the 24-week summer growing season. She loves to sing and is a member of North River Sing, a local choral group. For her day job, she is a business analyst and technical project manager who works for a financial firm in New York. Rachael is excited about joining the HCA board and getting to know a few more neighbors.

Mike Francisco

Vice President of Communications

Mike has lived in Jersey City since 1983 and in Harsimus Cove since 2001. He is a senior editor for a scientific journal in New York. Previously, he served as HCA Secretary from 2008 to 2009, as President from 2010 to 2011, and as a Board Member at Large in 2014. He has been Vice President of Communications since 2015. Under his previous tenure as President, the Association revamped its website, joined Facebook and Twitter, and started its highly successful Halloween block party, the Afternoon of Fright on 4th Street.

Dustin Ng

Vice President of Membership

Bio to come

Eric Fleming


Eric currently serves as Treasurer. He is also a board member of the Jersey City Economic Development Corp., with focus as a liaison with small businesses. Eric is a financial planner, helping individuals, families and business owners with insurance, investment and estate planning. He has served four terms as President of the HCA, and has also served as Secretary and Board Member at Large. Eric has been serving as HCDO Committee Person for the 13th District in Ward E since 2010. Eric is President of Jersey City Lacrosse, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that is Jersey City Department of Recreation's youth lacrosse program for boys and girls from kindergarten through 8th grade. Eric is married to pastry chef Jessica Isaacs, owner of Cocoa Bakery in Downtown Jersey City.

Deacon Cesar Sarmiento

Board Member at Large

Cesar, a retired accountant, has been a resident of downtown Jersey City for the past 40 years. He is a deacon of the Catholic Church and serves at St. Mary’s Church. He is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and is also a member of the Knights of Rizal. He was a recipient of the Jubilee Medal Pro Meritis for distinguished service in the Archdiocese of Newark. 

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