Gus Newport was a social justice activist, and independent consultant providing TA in the areas of community and economic development, public policy, community organizing strategies and organizational and systems development. Gus was the program director of the Vanguard Foundation, consultant and Sr. Fellow to the Ford, Annie E. Casey, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation and the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation. Gus was the MLK Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sr. Fellow at U.Mass. Boston, Yale, Portland State, and UC Santa Cruz.

He was the former director of the Institute of Community Economics.  He directed the Community Building Support Center for the Urban Strategies Council (USC).  Gus was the former Director of the Partnership for Neighborhood Initiatives (PNI) Palm Beach County, FL and the former Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) Boston, MA.  He was the former Mayor of Berkeley, CA (1979-1986). He was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate Program in Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.  He served as the Vice-President from the US to the World Peace Council (1980-1986) and served on two United Nations committees. He also worked for the Department of Labor assigned to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  He also brought on line the 2nd Concentrated Employment Program (CEP) in the country in Rochester, NY.

Gus delivered the commencement speech at Heidelberg University, his Alma Mater, Tiffin, Ohio, in May 2009 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. He served on the Board of Directors for The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA).