Monsignor William J. Linder is an American community development leader, and founder of New Community Corporation. He is a 1991 MacArthur Fellow.Portrait painting of Monsignor Linder by artist Luis Alvarez Roure
Linder was born in West New York, NJ and attended Saint Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ graduating in 1954. He then graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA, and from Fordham University with an MA and PhD. The New Community Corporation was formed in response the 1967 Newark riots.
Joseph Matara is now chief operating officer, and is the designated successor.