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Ivan Arocho

Archdiocese of Newark
Executive Director of Development
Newark, New Jersey
Iván Arocho Esteves was born in Puerto Rico and moved to New Jersey in 1980. He worked as a Catholic missionary in various cities in the United States and abroad. He graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in education in 2001, followed by a master’s degree in systematic theology in 2006. He joined the faculty of Seton Hall Prep in 2005.
Mr. Arocho became director of The Griffin Bridges Program in 2008 - a comprehensive scholarship program that provides academically talented, financially limited inner-city students with the opportunity to attend Seton Hall Prep.  Under his leadership, students not only achieved great success in academics and college placement, but the program also saw substantial growth in its endowment.
In 2014, Mr. Arocho became the New Jersey development director for Saint Paul’s Outreach (SPO), a ministry serving campuses across the United States. In this capacity, he worked to establish relationships and generate funds to support the growth and expansion of SPO in New Jersey. In 2017, Mr. Arocho joined the development team at the Archdiocese of Newark, first as director of major gifts, then in 2019, as executive director of development. He resides with his wife and five daughters in West Orange, New Jersey.