Partner – Overseeing Legal, The Cameron Group LLC
Eric Alderman was a partner with Cameron Group from 2001 through 2003 and rejoined the company in 2006 to oversee the Bayonne Project right-to-build process. From 1985 to 1994 and 1998 to 2001 he had a private practice specializing in construction, commercial leasing, environmental and real estate development, zoning and right-to-build, and commercial transactional and litigation law. In addition, Eric has taught at the Syracuse University College of Law as an adjunct professor, and between 2003 and 2006 was the Whitman Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse.
Robert P. Antonicello
Executive Director, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency
Robert Antonicello has served as the executive director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency for eight years and is responsible for project implementation and oversight of the city’s 82 redevelopment areas. In this role he has championed “forgotten” neighborhoods and workforce housing. His background includes 25 years as owner/manager of a number of brokerage management real estate consulting businesses, and as a city planner and executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services for the City of Jersey City. He is also chairman of the board of the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute.
Watershed Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve
Lisa Auermuller has been the watershed coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR) in Tuckerton, N.J., since 2002. Her role includes assessing the needs of coastal decision makers and assembling training opportunities through JC NERR’s Coastal Training Program. Most recently, Lisa’s primary areas of interest have been in stormwater management, climate change and coastal community vulnerability as it relates to sea-level rise. Lisa has been working with a variety of partners to develop tools and protocols to help communities understand their risks, plan for those risks and put adaptation measures into place.
Anne S. Babineau, Esq.
Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA
Anne Babineau is a partner at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, where she leads the firm’s statewide multi-disciplinary redevelopment practice. She has worked with clients undertaking redevelopment projects throughout New Jersey and has been involved in projects from redevelopment area designation through project completion, counseling clients on redevelopment plans, designation of redevelopment areas, property acquisition and government approvals. She has negotiated and drafted contracts between redevelopers and public entities for implementation of redevelopment, tax abatement, financing documents, and loan and grant agreements, and has handled litigation and appeals in federal and state courts.
Vivian E. Baker
Assistant Director, Transit Friendly Land Use and Development, NJ TRANSIT
Vivian Baker directs NJ TRANSIT’s Transit Friendly Planning, Land Use and Development Program, which provides technical and consultant assistance to communities interested in creating and implementing transit-oriented plans and development strategies around existing or proposed transit facilities. Ms. Baker also serves as NJ TRANSIT’s representative on numerous cabinet-level inter-agency teams focused on TOD, smart growth, brownfield redevelopment and “greyfield” re-use. She also serves on the board of directors for Downtown New Jersey. She represents NJ TRANSIT on the One Region Funders Livable Communities Collaborative and is NJ TRANSIT’s lead on Together North Jersey, the regional sustainable planning initiative funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
Elizabeth C. Barton, Esq.
Partner, Day Pitney LLP
Beth Barton is a partner at Day Pitney’s Hartford, CT office, bringing more than 25 years of experience in environmental and land-use consultation, permitting and litigation. She counsels clients on environmental, sustainability and related land-use and reuse considerations in business operations, transactions, acquisitions, and project design and development and she represents clients in environmental administrative proceedings, enforcement actions and third-party litigation. She has worked closely on innovative development projects including Blue Back Square, a mixed-use redevelopment in West Hartford, CT; large restoration brownfield projects such as the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury, CT, and smaller urban initiatives such as the Learning Corridor in Hartford.
Joseph P. Baumann Jr., Esq.
Partner, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann LLC
Joseph Baumann specializes in all aspects of public-sector law including public finance and redevelopment law. In addition, he represents private clients in redevelopment projects. He has represented the state, its agencies and numerous municipalities, counties, boards of education and authorities. Mr. Baumann has substantial expertise in all aspects of redevelopment law, serving as lead counsel in projects as large as the redevelopment of a 652-acre former military ocean terminal in Bayonne and as small as a one-acre mixed use project in Cranford. Mr. Baumann provides advice to the firm’s public-sector clients in connection with the designation of redevelopment areas, preparation and adoption of redevelopment plans, selection of redevelopers, negotiation of redevelopment agreements, financial and funding agreements, and the management of redevelopment projects.
President, NB Consult; former Assistant General Manager, Planning, Real Estate and Parking, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Nat Bottigheimer is a planner with experience in large-agency settings coordinating new service and infrastructure with local economic development. His firm is a growth strategy consulting firm that supports local government, large-agency and developer initiatives to create walkable, bike-able, transit-oriented places. From 2005 until 2012, Nat was the assistant general manager for planning, real estate, parking, sustainability and bicycle/pedestrian access for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Washington, D.C., region’s transit agency. Before that, Nat worked at the Maryland Department of Transportation promoting transit-oriented growth and coordinating state transportation investments with local land-use plans.
Senior Manager and Program Developer, GEI Consultants, Inc.
Sue Boyle leads GEI Consultants, Inc.’s brownfield and sustainability practice. She is an expert in brownfields, liability management, redevelopment, environmental funding, sustainability, and waste management. Her first career was as a senior manager for the New Jersey DEP, during which she managed the site remediation program, including serving as assistant commissioner. She spent 14 months on loan from the state as a senior executive with a not-for-profit trade association, sharing her cleanup and redevelopment experience with states in the rust belt of the U.S. She continues to serve as featured instructor for unique programs and courses on the science of brownfield implementation; environmental law and regulation; land use law; and environmental funding. Sue manages the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association, the New York City Brownfield Partnership, and the Economic Development Association of New Jersey.
Anthony Broccoli, Ph.D.
Professor of Atmospheric Science, Rutgers University; Director, Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative
Tony Broccoli is professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, where he also serves as director of the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. His primary research interest is climate dynamics, especially the simulation of past climates and climate change. He currently serves as chief editor of the Journal of Climate, and he has been a contributor and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he spent 21 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, one of the premier climate modeling centers in the world. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Charles Brown has more than 10 years of public and private experience in the field of transportation, including transportation planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, quantitative and qualitative research, and community outreach and training. As a senior research specialist with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Mr. Brown manages the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center and leads research studies and community outreach efforts. His current research focuses on safe routes to public transit for persons with disabilities; pedestrian safety at bus stops; Complete Streets implementation and evaluation; and the economic contributions of active transportation. Mr. Brown has conducted training workshops on Complete Streets throughout the state, and developed the New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion Program.
President, Conservation Resources, Inc.
Michael Catania is the founder and president of Conservation Resources, Inc., a not-for-profit conservation group that provides financial and technical assistance to the conservation community in New Jersey. Earlier in his career, he served as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection under three commissioners and two governors. He began his career with the non-partisan New Jersey Legislative Services Agency, where he drafted many of New Jersey’s landmark environmental laws including the Pinelands Protection Act, several of the Green Acres bond acts, the Conservation and Historic Preservation Restriction Act, and the Spill Compensation and Control Act. Mr. Catania also served as the executive director of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey for 12 years.
John P. Clarke, FAIA
Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz
John Clarke founded Clarke Caton Hintz in 1979. Over the past 34 years, the firm has developed into one of the region’s most respected architectural, planning and landscape design firms. The firm reflects Mr. Clarke’s commitment to approach design and development projects from a multi-faceted, inter-disciplinary point of view. Expertise and experience gained in one field such as architecture informs decisions in other areas such as planning and landscape architecture. During his career, Mr. Clarke has been a design critic at a number of architectural schools. After graduation from Cooper Union and Columbia, he was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia and later in the years 1980-1985, he was a member of the adjunct faculty in Columbia University’s Graduate Urban Design Program.
James Constantine, PP
Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss
Jim Constantine has 25 years of experience in urban design, master planning, community relations, consumer preference research and historic preservation. He has worked with developers, builders and government agencies on master-planned communities, downtown revitalization, mixed-use town and village centers, high-density infill, redevelopment of suburban highway corridors and transit-oriented development. In New Jersey, he has helped plan Metuchen’s award-winning town center, the new Main Street under construction in Vernon, the Hamilton station transit village, two major neighborhood redevelopment plans in Atlantic City and a transit-oriented development in Dover, among numerous other projects.
Director of Community Development, Township of Bloomfield
Glenn Domenick has served as director of community development for the Township of Bloomfield for 12 years, the last three of which have been dedicated to Bloomfield’s redevelopment efforts. He currently oversees five redevelopment projects for the township, of which one is the township’s signature downtown project, consisting of 60 square feet of retail, 225 residential units and a 470-space parking garage being constructed by AvalonBay.
Executive Director, New Jersey Foundation for Aging
Grace Egan is the founding executive director of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, which was established in 1998 to promote aging well in New Jersey. Her work has included the implementation of the foundation’s grantmaking program for community services as well as leadership on policy issues related to caregiver services, community transportation, community-based services, food insecurity and economic security. Grace has more than 20 years of experience in policy and planning for social and community health services as well as mental health services at the municipal, county and state levels throughout New Jersey. In 2012 the organization released the second New Jersey Elder Economic Index, documenting the widening gap between New Jersey seniors’ assets and their living expenses, especially their increasingly unaffordable housing expenses.
Mayor, Borough of Bradley Beach
Gary Engelstad was sworn in as mayor of Bradley Beach on January 1 of this year after serving eight years as a borough councilman. Since moving to Bradley Beach 16 years ago, Mr. Engelstad has worked as the director of resident life at a retirement community in Tinton Falls, N.J. Prior to that, he served as the director of administrative operations at the U.S. Department of Treasury during the term of then-President George H.W. Bush, and before that as assistant to Mr. Bush while he was vice-president.
Susan A. Feeney, Esq.
Partner, McCarter & English LLP
Susan A. Feeney is a partner with the law firm of McCarter & English LLP where she concentrates her practice in the areas of state taxation and local property taxation. She is immediate Past President of the New Jersey State Bar Association and is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Tax Court as well as the Sales and Use Tax Review Commission of the State of New Jersey and the NJ Division of Taxation Tax Director’s Advisory Council. Ms. Feeney lectures frequently on the subject of state taxes and local property taxes to civic and professional groups and has served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Master of Taxation Program. Ms. Feeney is co-editor of the CCH Guidebook to New Jersey Taxes and co-author of the ABA Sales and Use Tax Deskbook.
Dave Fisher PP
Vice President of Governmental Affairs, K. Hovnanian Homes
Dave Fisher has been vice president of governmental affairs with K. Hovnanian Homes since 1993. His responsibilities include governmental affairs and public relations activities for K. Hovnanian’s New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania operations. Dave was appointed in January 2000 by then-Gov. Whitman to serve on the New Jersey State Planning Commission, a post he held for five years. For two years, Mr. Fisher co-chaired a Joint Revitalization Task Force formed by the state to investigate ways to enhance brownfields redevelopment. He also served as a member and chairman of the New Jersey Clean Water Council for four years. Mr. Fisher has been actively involved with the New Jersey Builders Association, first as a staff person and then as an active member, and he now serves as a senior officer.
Governor James J. Florio
Founding Partner, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC
Governor James J. Florio is a founding partner of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt and Fader, serving as chair of the firm’s Environmental Group as well as the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group. Governor Florio is a Senior Policy Fellow for Public Policy and Administration at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, previously having served as a university professor. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York and as chairman of the Pinelands Commission in New Jersey. As the Governor of New Jersey from 1990 through 1994, he was responsible for signing into law the Clean Water Enforcement Act (1990), one of the strongest Environmental laws of its type in the nation. He also signed the Quality Education Act, which provided greater equity in New Jersey’s school finance system, a landmark welfare reform package, a health care cost-reduction program and the nation’s toughest assault weapons ban.
Urs P. Gauchat
Dean, College of Architecture and Design and Professor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Urs P. Gauchat is a Professor of Architecture and Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology, a position he has held since 1991. The College contains the largest School of Architecture on the East Coast as well as the School of Art and Design which includes Interior Design, Industrial Design, Digital Design and Fine Arts. He is a former professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. He held the position of president of the Boston Architectural Center. He earned degrees from Sydney University, Australia and Harvard University. He was also trained as a sculptor by Lyndon Dadswell. He was president of Gauchat Architects a midsize firm (30+ people) for over 20 years. The firm specialized in Urban Design, buildings for the High Tech Industry, housing and specialty buildings.
Robert Geddes FAIA
Dean (emeritus), Princeton University School of Architecture
Henry Luce Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and History (emeritus), New York University
Robert Geddes is an architect, urbanist, teacher, and a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and the National Academy of Design. The American Institute of Architects honored his professional firm for its “design quality, respect for the environment, and social concern.” In his new book, FIT: an architect’s manifesto, Geddes seeks to spark a fundamental change in how architects and the public think about the task of design, moving away from old paradigms such as “form follows function” and “less is more” by recognizing that the relationship between architecture and society is a true dialogue – dynamic, complex, and, if carried out with knowledge and skill, richly rewarding.
Robert S. Goldsmith Esq.
Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
Bob Goldsmith is a partner in the law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP in its real estate department, where he chairs the Redevelopment Practice Group. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice focuses on redevelopment, transit-oriented development, downtown revitalization, green building and public-private partnerships. He also has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and appellate work. He has counseled and consulted with both developers and municipalities for numerous redevelopment projects throughout the state and over 30 Special Improvement Districts. Mr. Goldsmith has developed and teaches a redevelopment law course at Rutgers Law School-Newark. He is a New Jersey Future trustee and past president of Downtown New Jersey.
Lori Grifa Esq.
Member of the Firm, Wolff & Samson, former Commissioner, New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs
Lori Grifa rejoined Wolff & Samson as chair of the Regulatory Affairs Group, where she handles matters involving administrative and regulatory law, as well as government affairs and the state’s professional licensing boards. Previously she served in Gov. Christie’s cabinet as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs from 2010 to 2012. During her tenure, Lori also chaired the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, the New Jersey Redevelopment Agency, the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. In addition to creating approximately 3,000 units of affordable housing during this period, she managed 2,200 annual grant programs involving nearly $500 million.
William F. Harrison Esq.
Partner, Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster
Bill Harrison is a partner in Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster’s Newark, N.J., office, is a member of the Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment & Environmental Law Practice Group. In December 2008 Mr. Harrison was named to the New Jersey Real Estate Advisory Board. This board worked closely with then-Gov. Corzine’s Office of Economic Growth as well as other state departments to encourage economic development and revitalization across the state. He was named to the board’s Legislative Working Group, whose focus was on developing consensus and industry feedback on the major legislative issues affecting the real estate industry. An expert in land use and environmental law, Mr. Harrison served from 2002 to 2005as policy director and chief counsel of the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth in the Department of Community Affairs. Mr. Harrison has also served for more than 20 years as assistant director of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
President and Chief Executive Officer, BioNJ
Debbie Hart worked alongside New Jersey’s industry leaders to establish BioNJ in 1994 as the trade association for the biotechnology community. She is a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) Technology Advisory Board, served as chairwoman of EDA’s Technology Centre Advisory Committee and was appointed by two governors as a member of the New Jersey Israel Commission. Ms. Hart was also involved in the Prosperity New Jersey Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Cluster Study, the Jobs Growth and Economic Development Commission and the Task Force on Higher Education Quality and Competitiveness of the State. She also served on the Business Task Force established in 2011 by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
Senior Vice President, Finance & Development, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Maureen Hassett joined the EDA in January 2002 as vice president of strategic partnerships. In her current position, she oversees all of the EDA’s bonds, loan and incentives programs, its Edison Innovation Fund investments, as well as its urban and real estate development in New Jersey. In addition, she serves as the chief executive officer’s designee to the New Jersey Schools Development Authority’s board of directors, as well as the assistant secretary of the Economic Recovery Board for Camden. Prior to joining the EDA, Ms. Hassett served as senior policy advisor to Commissioner Jane Kenny at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and worked for several municipalities in New York and New Jersey in program financing and housing development. She is a recipient of the HUD Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship, is a member of the Sustainable Jersey board of trustees, and was recently recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s Women of Influence.
J. Matthew Holt
Freeholder, Hunterdon County
Prior to his election to the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Matt Holt served as mayor of the Town of Clinton after previously having served for eight years on the town council. A strong supporter of investment in transportation, he has long advocated for a return of rail service to Flemington, one of the focus areas of the Together North Jersey Route 202 Corridor demonstration project. He is a member of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, an organization of municipal elected officials and representatives from Hunterdon, Somerset, Middlesex and Union counties who represent the interests of riders of NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley Line. Freeholder Holt has also been a member of the board of trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority since 2008. He became a member of its executive committee in 2009 and was elected chairman in May 2012.
Mayor, West Windsor Township
Shing-Fu Hsueh, prior to retiring from state service, was administrator for the Water Supply Administration in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He also held the position of adjunct professor at Rutgers University for 23 years, teaching courses in environmental engineering and science. Mr. Hsueh is serving in his third term as mayor of West Windsor Township, where he previously served as a member of the Township Council including four terms as council president. He is an appointed member of the State Planning Commission, and serves on the boards of the State Water Supply Authority and Robert Wood Johnson Health Care System at Hamilton. He is the former chair of the Millstone Watershed Management Area Committee and a former trustee of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
Director of Policy, Planning and Development, City of East Orange
Valerie Jackson has over 25 years’ management experience in public, non-profit and private entities, including extensive experience in neighborhood planning and economic revitalization. Prior to her current position she was with the City of Orange Township, where she did double duty as the deputy city manager and director of planning and economic development. As planning director during a challenging economic climate she secured over $100 million in public and private investment and amassed a portfolio of development that includes the construction of over 500 housing units and many new businesses. In 2011 she was invited to participate in the Community Leadership Institute at Harvard University and she has been featured in multiple publications for her work in planning, economic development and green development.
Nancy Kist Esq.
Partner, Decotiis FitzPatrick & Cole LLP
Nancy Kist joined DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole as a partner in 2008 practicing in the areas of Redevelopment & Commercial Real Estate. Ms. Kist has negotiated agreements for uses as diverse as cruise ship and port terminals, dry docks, warehousing, film production, utility easements, retail uses, mixed uses and residential projects. Prior to joining DeCotiis, Ms. Kist served as Executive Director of the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority where she directed the negotiations for the transfer of the 430 acre former Military Ocean Terminal in Bayonne from the United States Army and also oversaw an $11 million environmental cleanup at the former military base. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the BLRA, Ms. Kist served as the Director of the City of Bayonne’s Law Department. Prior to 1998 Ms. Kist was an attorney in private practice in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Strategy, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Lopa Kolluri is responsible for managing and coordinating HUD’s program and policies in conjunction with the agency’s budgeting, legislative and external affairs divisions. She also works closely with the White House and executives of other agencies and private organizations to help advance HUD’s mission and the Obama administration’s goals. Ms. Kolluri is also currently serving on the Federal Taskforce for Hurricane Sandy as liaison to New Jersey. Prior to joining HUD, she was the vice president of development for Community Investment Strategies, Inc., a developer of affordable housing based in New Jersey. She previously served as the assistant state treasurer for economic development for the State of New Jersey; as director of housing and community resources for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; and as policy director at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.
Director of Port Commerce, Port Authority of NY and NJ
Richard M. Larrabee is the Director of the Port Commerce Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He oversees the management and operation of the major marine terminal facilities within the Port of New York and New Jersey, the largest port on the East Coast of North America, which handled 90 million tons of cargo in 2012, and approximately 5.3 million teu’s (twenty-foot equivalent units). Mr. Larrabee manages a multi-billion dollar port redevelopment program that includes reinvestment in marine terminal facilities, deepening harbor channels and berths, improving intermodal connections and protecting sensitive marine environments. The redevelopment program is positioning the Port of New York and New Jersey to accommodate future growth that is projected to double over the next decade and could quadruple by 2040.
Arthur A. Linfante III MAI CRE
Principal, Value Research Group
Arthur Linfante has been actively engaged in real estate since 1986 and has been a principal at Value Research Group, LLC since 1998. Prior to joining Value Research Group, Mr. Linfante was a founding principal at Lin-Holz Advisory Group, a real estate consulting and valuation firm, in Denville, N.J. Mr. Linfante is recognized for his knowledge in litigation, municipal and corporate services including urban revitalization and redevelopment, fiscal impact studies, market/marketability studies and feasibility studies on a broad range of property types. He is an active instructor for the Appraisal Institute and has developed seminars on property tax analysis, redevelopment and valuation issues for the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, the International Association of Assessing Officers and Lorman Educational Services, and has also been a guest speaker for several MBA programs.
Timothy J. Lizura
President & Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
In his position as president and chief operating officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Tim Lizura is responsible for its day-to-day operations. Prior to re-joining the EDA in 2008, Mr. Lizura served as director of World Trade Center redevelopment/deputy director of redevelopment at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing all redevelopment activities for the commercial interests of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Mr. Lizura also spent four years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) where his responsibilities ranged from leading bank seizure teams to overseeing the portfolio sale of $300 million in loan assets.
City Manager, City of Hackensack
In his current role, Steve LoIacono is part of the effort to rehabilitate the City of Hackensack’s downtown, where the first residential development is slated to break ground this year. Prior to being appointed to his current position in 2005, he was the municipal manager in Lodi for six years. He served as a member of the Lodi Borough Council from 1976 through 1991, including three terms as council president. As a small business owner prior to entering government service, Mr. LoIacono has always had an interest in economic development and related issues. While on the Lodi Borough Council he was involved in the urban renewal initiative to transform Lodi’s downtown, and as borough manager he was instrumental in moving forward a stagnant redevelopment project, bringing to the borough a large food store, a bank and office building, a small retail center and road and infrastructure improvements.
Anthony L. Marchetta
Executive Director, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
Anthony Marchetta became the executive director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency in September 2010. He has more than 35 years of experience in the public and private sectors, most recently as vice president of LCOR, Inc., where he developed multi-family and mixed-use projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. While at LCOR he managed the development of Gaslight Commons, a 200-unit luxury rental project in South Orange, N.J., that won one of the first New Jersey Future Smart Growth awards in 2002. Mr. Marchetta has also worked for Matrix Development Group and Baker Residential, Inc., and has 13 years of public-sector service including 10 years as executive director of the Middlesex County Department of Housing and Community Development.
Director, Environmental Affairs and Planning, Edgewood Properties; former Commissioner New Jersey Department of Environmental Commission
Mark Mauriello began his career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in May 1980 where he rose through the ranks of the Division of Coastal Resources and the Land Use Regulation Division, and was appointed as division director in 2002. In 2006 he was selected by then-DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson to be assistant commissioner for land use management. In November 2008 Mauriello was nominated by then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine to serve as commissioner of the DEP, replacing newly confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Administrator Jackson. Mr. Mauriello served in that capacity from November 2008 until his retirement from DEP in January 2010. He is currently active in the field of floodplain management, founding the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management and serving two terms as regional director of the National Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Wayne T. Meyer
President, New Jersey Community Capital
In his role as president of New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), Wayne Meyer provides leadership, establishes strategy, raises funds, and promotes and advocates for policy change on behalf of the organization, its borrowers, and the residents of its target communities. Key accomplishments under his leadership include spearheading a new strategic vision for NJCC; helping shape a new model of community development that leverages the bulk purchase of troubled mortgages and foreclosed properties; increasing capital under management; guiding NJCC to chartered membership in NeighborWorks America; and earning NJCC a CDFI Assessment and Rating System rating. An attorney and CPA, Mr. Meyer brings to his position over 20 years of private-sector real estate experience.
Kathe Newman Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; Director, Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
Kathe Newman is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement. Dr. Newman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York. Her research explores urban change, what it is, why it happens, and what it means. Her research has explored gentrification, foreclosure, urban redevelopment and community participation. Dr. Newman has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A.
Paul A. Phillips PP AICP
Principal, Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC
Paul Phillips is the managing principal of Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC, where he conducts land-use planning and master plan work and directs PPG’s real estate, redevelopment and condemnation-related assignments. For more than 30 years he has served as the planning consultant to various municipal boards and governing bodies, and has also obtained approvals for hundreds of private development projects. As a highly regarded expert witness, Mr. Phillips displays an outstanding knowledge of New Jersey zoning, redevelopment and condemnation law. He has testified on numerous occasions as an expert in New Jersey Superior Court and was the planning witness in several landmark rulings by the Appellate Division/Supreme Court.
Vice President for Environmental and Energy Programs, Regional Plan Association; Executive Director, Governors Island Alliance
Robert Pirani’s responsibilities at Regional Plan Association include developing and directing programs in parks and public spaces, land use, and water resource management. His recent publications include Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion; Report of the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel; Building the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway; The Path Forward: Public Input on the Future of Gateway National Recreation Area; and Governors Island: Guidelines for Parks and Public Spaces. He has been invited to testify before the United States Congress, the states of New York and New Jersey, the City of New York, and other public bodies on a variety of open space and land use issues. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and is currently chair of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
Robert S. Powell Jr. Ph.D.
Managing Director, Nassau Capital Advisors LLC
Bob Powell currently serves as managing director of Nassau Capital Advisors, LLC, which specializes in structuring and managing complex public and private financing structures for real estate development clients throughout the region. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of DKM Properties Corp., where he led the firm in the development, financing and management of more than 6 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties throughout the Northeast region. Dr. Powell began his career as the first executive director of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the public investment bank for the State of New Jersey, where he spearheaded the growth of the EDA into one of the nation’s premier public development corporations.
Kenneth E. Pringle Esq.
Managing Partner, Pringle Quinn Anzano PC
Ken Pringle is the founder and managing partner of Pringle Quinn Anzano, PC, a 23-attorney firm with offices in Belmar, Morristown, Mount Laurel and Trenton, and is experienced in municipal, land use and redevelopment law. He served as the mayor of Belmar for more than 20 years until stepping down in 2010. He served as the borough attorney for the Borough of Red Bank for five years, and as its planning board attorney for nearly 10 years. He was a member of the board of directors of NJ Transit from 2005 until 2010, and currently serves on the advisory council for Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute. During Mr. Pringle’s tenure as mayor, Belmar enacted development regulations limiting stormwater runoff and encouraging flood-resistant design, and made numerous infrastructure investments targeted at improving water quality and reducing flood risk.
Ingrid W. Reed
Director (retired), New Jersey Project, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University; Member, Facing Our Future Leadership Group
Ingrid Reed held positions at The Rockefeller University in New York City and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and served as director of the New Jersey Project at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics for 15 years before retiring in 2010. She continues to pursue her volunteer and professional interests in planning, governance, ethics and election issues as a senior fellow at New Jersey Future. She currently chairs the board of NJSpotlight.com, the news website focusing on policy issues critical to the state and its communities, and serves on the board of the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey. She is the founding board chairwoman of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation.
Francis Reiner PP LLA
Senior Urban Designer and Landscape Architect, DMR Architects
Fran Reiner joined DMR as a Senior Urban Designer and Landscape Architect in 2008 and leads DMR’s Urban Design, Planning, and Redevelopment Consulting Division. He has extensive experience in urban design, planning and landscape architecture and brings 15 years of experience to DMR Architects working with both public and private sector clients. Mr. Reiner serves as the redevelopment consultant for the City of Hackensack on their revitalization efforts in the downtown, including the implementation of designating an area in need of rehabilitation that will include a redevelopment/rehabilitation plan for approximately 160 acres on 39 city blocks. Prior to joining DMR, Fran served as a partner and Senior Urban Designer with Firmitas Development.
Colette Santasieri Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, New Jersey Institute of Technology
In her current role, Colette Santasieri is responsible for overseeing and conducting applied research and studies in the areas of transportation, land use and environmental planning. Dr. Santasieri held previous positions as the chief engineer at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and manager of the environmental department at Frederic R. Harris, Inc. Consulting Engineers. She has served as principal investigator and project manager on research and studies that included transportation planning, design and project prioritization; environmental compliance, including the National Environmental Policy Act and permitting; brownfields; port security; and transit-oriented development.
Stephen A. Santola Esq.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Woodmont Properties
Steve Santola is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Woodmont Properties and Woodmont Industrial Properties where he manages the company’s legal affairs and entitlements. He also plays a significant role in managing the development division, guiding new business opportunities, and formalizes corporate strategy. Mr. Santola also manages the company’s government relations and legal insight. Prior to joining Woodmont, Mr. Santola was a partner with the law firm of Lindabury, McCormick & Estabrook, specializing in real estate, land use, zoning, and commercial litigation. He has served as both a member on, and attorney for, municipal land use boards, he has represented parties in various application appeals and related litigation.
Councilwoman, City of Hackensack
Karen Sasso has been a resident of Hackensack since 1985 where she has raised her family and helped manage her family business, a top producing Carvel. Her involvement in her children’s school activities and her commitment to her community led to her political involvement beginning in 2005. A member of the city council since then, she has served two one-year terms as Hackensack’s first female mayor. Karen’s accounting background and experience as a small business owner made her a natural choice to represent the city as a board member with the Main Street Business Alliance, Hackensack’s business improvement district. After serving six years with the planning board, Karen is also understands the dynamics of advancing Hackensack’s rehabilitation hopes while striving to attract the development community with forward thinking redevelopment goals.
Managing Partner, Waterfront Renaissance Associates LP
Martin Schiffman’s specialties are in the area of urban economic development, and all facets of real estate investment, development and redevelopment. He is affiliated with investment firm Carl Marks & Co., Inc., where he was previously a managing director and where he is now managing partner in the real estate development group for The Greater Philadelphia World Trade Center, the possible pivotal project for an Innovation District on the Camden waterfront. He has experience in critical issues of state and local competitiveness; the effect of tax policies on localities; the role that educational and cultural institutions play in the urban framework; and, the influence of public education and security on residential and business location in urban environments.
Donald H. Sebastian Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Research and Development, New Jersey Institute of Technology
At NJIT Donald H. Sebastian is responsible for academic research, partnerships with industry, governmental affairs, intellectual property management, commercialization, business incubation and contract projects across the technology spectrum. Under his leadership, research at NJIT has grown to a $100 million enterprise, placing the institution in the top 10 of polytechnic universities in the country. He chairs the $25 million New Jersey Health Information Technology Extension Center that is moving 5,000 primary-care physicians to electronic health record systems. He led creation of the New Jersey Homeland Security Technology Systems Center, was the academic organizer of the New Jersey Nanotechnology Consortium, is founder and trustee of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program and is a 2006 inductee in the New Jersey High-Tech Hall of Fame.
Steven T. Senior Esq.
Partner, Environmental Group, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Steven Senior has more than 15 years of experience in complex regulatory and transactional matters, including site remediation, land-use permitting, and enforcement defense, as well as litigation addressing hazardous substance liability and appeals of agency decisions. With a particular focus on brownfields redevelopment, he is considered a leader in the development of New Jersey’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional program and serves on the Task Force on Licensed State Professionals of the New York State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section. While relied on by clients across many business sectors, his work in the brownfields redevelopment and energy industries have driven his practice in recent years.
Stan Slachetka AICP PP
Associate, T&M Associates
Stan Slachetka is an associate and planning group manager with the firm of T&M Associates, where he specializes in redevelopment, community visioning, affordable housing, and local and regional land use planning issues. Stan is co-author of The Redevelopment Handbook: A Guide to Rebuilding New Jersey’s Communities, which was published jointly by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association. He also chaired the APA-NJ Redevelopment Committee, which drafted the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law. Stan has prepared redevelopment studies and plans for numerous municipalities, including the West Lake Avenue Redevelopment Plan for Neptune Township and the Asbury Park Scattered Site Redevelopment Plan.
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Joan Straussman Brandon
Director of Programs, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
Joan Straussman Brandon is responsible for overseeing the planning, development and implementations of the network’s training, technical assistance, and capacity-building programs and initiatives. Prior to joining the Network, Joan had been with NeighborWorks America for 25 years before becoming a private consultant in 2006. During her time with NeighborWorks, she provided technical assistance to organizations as well as training at various institutes and partnership events. She has also worked on developing mutual housing associations, managing organizational assessments of some of the network’s more complex organizations. As a consultant, Joan continued with organizational assessments, coaching of staff, board development, course development and training, and proposal reviews.
Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Carter Strickland is Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, whose 6,000 employees provide more than 1.0 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million New Yorkers, treat more than 1.3 billion gallons of water every day, and regulate local air quality. Prior to being Commissioner, Mr. Strickland was the Deputy Commissioner for Sustainability at DEP where he oversaw the agency’s environmental planning, analysis, permitting, and enforcement programs. Before joining DEP, Mr. Strickland was the Senior Policy Advisor for Air and Water with the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, where he was responsible for the implementation of New York City’s sustainability plan, PlaNYC 2030, across all agencies and departments, with a focus on water, air, and natural resource issues.
Director, Washington D.C. Office of Planning
In her current role, Harriet Tregoning works to make Washington, D.C., a walkable, bike-able, livable, globally competitive and sustainable city. Previously she was the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design; and co-founder with former Maryland Gov. Glendening and executive director of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. Ms. Tregoning developed her expertise in state-level action in the State of Maryland, where she served Gov. Glendening as both secretary of planning and then as the nation’s first state-level cabinet secretary for smart growth. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Ms. Tregoning was the director of development, community and environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Tregoning’s academic training is in engineering and public policy.
President, Hoboken Brownstone Company
George Vallone has been developing real estate along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast” for more than 32 years, focusing on the redevelopment of large-scale mixed-use urban brownfields, including the successful redevelopment of 1.8 million square feet of mixed uses at the Maxwell House Coffee property on the Hoboken waterfront. Together with his general contracting company he has helped build over 1,000 units of affordable housing in New Jersey. George is actively involved in numerous trade groups and community development activities and serves as vice president of the New Jersey Builders Association and chairman of the NJBA Mixed-Use Developers Affiliate; President of Our House, a non-profit housing and services provider for adults with disabilities; as a member of the Rutgers Graduate School of Business Finance Department’s Advisory Board; and as a regular guest lecturer for the Rutgers Short Course series on Environmental Redevelopment and Finance.
James Van Schoick
Project Coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
James Van Schoick joined the staff at the Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) in March 2011 to work on the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center. Before joining VTC, Mr. Van Schoick worked for Michael Baker Corporation and was instrumental in the completion of bicycle and pedestrian-related projects for several municipalities in New Jersey. For the BPRC, Mr. Van Schoick is involved with providing technical assistance through the BPRC helpdesk and has been responsible for the preparation of many research projects undertaken by the center. Mr. Van Schoick’s experience includes work in transit planning, congestion management, asset management, and geographic information systems.
Daniel Walsh Ph.D.
Director, Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation, New York City
Daniel Walsh is the founding director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. In 2011, OER launched the New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program, the nation’s first municipal brownfield cleanup program, and the NYC Brownfield Incentive Grant Program to deliver more than $9 million in city investment in private brownfield investigation and cleanup. Dr. Walsh formerly served as the chief of the New York City Superfund and Brownfield Program for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and as the chief of operations for NYSDEC’s civilian response to the World Trade Center disaster. His educational background is in geophysics and contaminant geochemistry, and he is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University.
Stefanie Kavookjian Wynne MSW
Assistance Director of Housing Outreach Services, Affordable Housing Alliance
Stefanie Wynne assists in the management of the agency’s affordable rental and sale programs as well as housing counseling and utility assistance programs. For the past four and a half years, she has also provided mortgage delinquency counseling to residents who have Spanish as a primary language. She specializes in counseling at-risk borrowers by offering loss mitigation and loan workout assistance to help them avoid foreclosure. Her studies include examination of the psychosocial effects that foreclosure has on families and individuals.
Ted Zangari Esq.
Member, Sills Cummis & Gross
Ted Zangari is a Member of Sills Cummis & Gross, a commercial law firm with New Jersey offices in Newark and Princeton. He serves on the firm’s Management and Executive Committees. Mr. Zangari’s law practice is multipronged. He chairs the Firm’s Redevelopment Law Practice Group, leading a team of attorneys through land assemblage, redeveloper designations and agreements, tax increment financing and other public incentives, environmental remediation, commercial condominiumization and construction contracts on large-scale mixed use projects. In addition, Mr. Zangari chairs the firm’s Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Practice Group, assisting developers, hospitals, banks and other regulated industry clients in the ways that government and business intersect on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters.
Mayor, City of Hoboken
In 2009 Dawn Zimmer became the first female mayor of Hoboken. Prior to that, she served as a councilwoman after becoming involved in civic life as an advocate for park space. As mayor, she has focused on restoring fiscal responsibility and improving quality of life for residents. Since taking office, she has steadily reduced taxes and established a responsible cash surplus for the first time in many years. Following audits of the police and fire departments, restructuring and redeployment allowed the city to save millions of dollars per year while enhancing community safety. Through privatization she saved the city’s cash-strapped hospital from closing, saving more than 1,200 jobs, and relieving taxpayers of a $52 million bond guarantee. Under her watch, Hoboken is transforming from a car-centric city into a nationally-recognized leader in progressive transportation initiatives.