Executive Vice President, RXR Realty, Inc.
In Seth Pinsky’s role as executive vice president, fund manager, metro emerging markets and public affairs director, he leads RXR Realty’s efforts to invest in emerging opportunities in New York City and the surrounding Tri-State region, focusing on asset classes and geographic regions that have historically been characterized by underinvestment, but that have significant growth potential due to planned or in-place infrastructure and other relevant characteristics.
Prior to joining RXR, Pinsky served as director of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which developed a $20 billion plan to help neighborhoods stricken by Hurricane Sandy to rebuild smarter and stronger and to protect critical citywide systems and infrastructure from the likely impacts of climate change in coming decades.
Pinsky also served as president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), a position to which he was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2008 after he joined the agency in 2003 as a vice president. During his tenure, NYCEDC became an international leader in the field of economic development, focusing both on transforming the city’s underlying economy and investing in its critical infrastructure.
While at NYCEDC, Pinsky served as a lead negotiator on behalf of New York City for projects ranging from Yankee Stadium and Citifield, to the World Trade Center, to the acquisition of Hunters Point South in Queens, the largest middle-income housing development in the city since Starrett City.
Among other initiatives advanced by NYCEDC under Pinsky’s leadership were the redevelopment of Willets Point in Queens, Coney Island in Brooklyn, the Homeport in Staten Island, and the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, as well as the creation of a major new bioscience research park on city-owned land. Under Pinsky, NYCEDC also managed the construction of the first two phases of the High Line in Manhattan and launched a new East River ferry service connecting Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan
In the area of economic modernization, under Pinsky, NYCEDC created the Center for Economic Transformation (CET), which, in addition to launching a network of business incubators across the city that, at the time of Pinsky’s departure, housed more than 600 companies, developed and oversaw the Bloomberg administration’s international Applied Sciences NYC competition. The Applied Sciences competition will result in a significant expansion of Columbia University’s engineering school, as well as the creation of a new engineering institute in Downtown Brooklyn led by NYU that will include CUNY, Carnegie Mellon University and others. It will also result in the creation of a $2 billion engineering campus on Roosevelt Island, being developed by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
He is also currently an adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Monique King-Viehland (moderator)
Founder and Principal, Obsidian Development
Obsidian principal and founder and native Trentonian Monique King-Viehland has more than a decade of experience in community and economic development, primarily in the area of real estate development. Previously she was president and chief executive officer of Campus Gateway Development, Inc., a subsidiary of NJIT, where she was responsible for the implementation and management of the Campus Gateway Redevelopment Project, a $1.3 billion project aimed at transforming the neighborhood around NJIT into a vibrant, mixed-use district that would attract new residents and additional development. Mrs. King-Viehland managed the project from pre-development through groundbreaking.
Mrs. King-Viehland has also held positions as president of E2 Consulting, LLC, a real estate development consulting firm; director of housing for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; and a housing development specialist for the Mon Valley Initiative.
Mrs. King-Viehland is a 2010 Leadership Trenton Fellow, a former member of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board of Trustees and a former member of the Trenton Downtown Association Board of Directors.
Daniel A. Baudouin
Executive Director, Providence Foundation
Dan Baudouin has experience as a municipal planner, redevelopment agency director, and executive director of not-for-profit industrial development corporations. He is currently a board member of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, Rhode Island’s Transportation Advisory Committee, and Grow Smart Rhode Island. He is a past president of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association, which in 2006 selected him to receive its Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2007, he was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Providence Foundation, founded in 1974, serves as a private-sector voice in economic development issues, monitors public policy, and initiates projects that have a positive impact on Providence’s downtown and the city. The foundation is supported by 130 leading corporations and institutions.
Stephen G. Leeper
President and Chief Executive Officer, 3CDC
Stephen Leeper was appointed president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) in April 2004. In that capacity, he has managed 3CDC’s investment of over $711 million in Downtown and Over-the-Rhine, resulting in the transformation of two great civic spaces, the redevelopment of major downtown landmarks such as the Metropole Apartments into 21c Museum Hotel, and the construction of a new headquarters building for dunnhumbyUSA in the heart of downtown. To date, 3CDC has led the restoration of 124 buildings and 10 acres of civic space, the development of 464 apartments, 374 condominiums, 156 hotel, rooms, 328 shelter beds, and 607,770 sq.ft. of commercial space. One hundred percent of completed apartments are leased, 95 percent of completed condos are sold, and 99 percent of completed commercial space is leased. From September 1998 to April 2004, Leeper served as executive director of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. He was responsible for the development and financing of PNC Park, Heinz Field, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and the North Shore Riverfront Park. These developments represent over $1.1 billion in private and public funding and have resulted in new mixed use development for the City of Pittsburgh. Leeper has also served as director of development for the City of Pittsburgh and director of the Department of Housing for Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Susan T. Mosey
President, Midtown Detroit, Inc.
Susan T. Mosey has been the executive director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI), for 25 years. This non-profit organization is responsible for community development, marketing, real estate and small business development and arts programming within Detroit’s University Cultural Center and New Center districts – an area now known as Midtown. MDI also manages public-space maintenance and security initiatives for the district. Projects that have been undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements such as new streetscapes and park development, greenway planning and construction, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. MDI’s newest initiative is the Live Midtown Residential Incentive Program that encourages employees of the anchors to move to Midtown. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night.
Phil Abramson Esq. AICP PP
Principal, Topology NJ LLC; Senior Planner, Planning Division, Town of Morristown
Prior to starting Topology’s New Jersey office in January 2014, Phil Abramson most recently served as project manager in the planning and development practices in the New York City ofﬁce of Jonathan Rose Companies. He brings to his projects an integration of planning, law and real estate development, with a focus on redevelopment planning and entitlements, zoning, site feasibility analysis and housing policy. He has experience leading comprehensive planning projects that facilitate strategic decision-making around land use policies, transportation systems and capital infrastructure ﬁnance and development. In Morristown Phil manages the redevelopment planning process, oversees and advises on land use and zoning regulations, coordinates inter-agency infrastructure improvements, and advises on planning and economic policy development for the mayor’s administration. He is also working with an inter-disciplinary team in the development and civic engagement process for Morristown Moving Forward – the Town’s Mobility and Community Form Master Plan.
Chief Legislative Advocate, AARP-NJ
Marilyn Askin phased out her elder law practice to become president of AARP-NJ, a position she held for six years. She is currently chief legislative advocate for its 1.3 million members in the state. Before entering private practice in 1994, she served for 15 years as director of Essex County Senior Citizens Legal Services, where, among her many clients, she represented older adults with transportation needs. In 1986 she founded what is now the Elder and Disability Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. She served as its chairwoman for four years, and as chairwoman of the Elder Law Committee of the Essex County Bar Association for 10 years. She is a former president of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. She graduated in 1970 from Rutgers Law School, Newark, and is an adjunct professor there, where for 28 years she has taught seminars in elder law and social welfare legislation.
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.
Joseph P. Baumann Jr. Esq.
Member and Chairman, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann LLC
Joseph P. Baumann Jr. specializes in all aspects of public-sector law including public finance and redevelopment law. Mr. Baumann also has substantial expertise in all aspects of redevelopment law, serving as lead redevelopment counsel in projects as large as the redevelopment of the 652-acre former military ocean terminal in Bayonne and as small as a one-acre mixed-use project in Cranford. Mr. Baumann has devoted a substantial amount of his practice to the privatization of public water, wastewater and solid waste systems. Mr. Baumann received his B.A. in government, with a second major in business administration, from the University of Notre Dame in l984. He received his J.D. cum laude from Rutgers University Law School in l987, where he served on the staff of the Rutgers Camden Law Journal.
Co-Director, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
Story Bellows joined the City of Philadelphia in 2012 as co-director of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. The office is a civic idea and innovation incubator and R&D lab in City Hall. Through FastFWD, Philadelphia’s winning submission to the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, Ms. Bellows also leads the city’s efforts to engage social entrepreneurs in developing sustainable solutions to city challenges and to further open government procurement to innovation.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Ms. Bellows served as director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. An urban designer by training, she started the city-focused phase of her career in private design practice in Chicago, where she worked with leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors on urban, education, healthcare, and environmental projects and initiatives. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
J. Randy Bishop
Committeeman, Neptune Township
Randy Bishop is a committeeman and past mayor of Neptune Township. Currently in his fourth term on the Township Committee, Randy is the liaison to the Engineering and Land Use boards, addressing issues pertaining to development and redevelopment in the township.He has served on various boards and commissions in both the township and in Monmouth County, and has also served as the president of the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and the former Monmouth County Regional Tourism Board. Prior to his time in Neptune, Randy served on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in the offices of the late Reps. Floyd Fithian and Jim Slattery. He later worked at AT&T in Basking Ridge, and left to pursue his dream of owning a bed and breakfast. Randy and his husband now own The Melrose, a bed and breakfast in the Historic District of Ocean Grove.
Robert P. Bzik AICP PP
Director of Planning, Somerset County
Bob Bzik directs long-range and strategic planning for Somerset County. He manages the County Planning Board, Agriculture Development Board, Cultural and Heritage Commission, and Solid Waste Management and Energy councils, and provides technical support to a number of major non-profit entities including the Somerset County Business Partnership, Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and the Somerset County Regional Center Partnership. Under Bob’s direction the County Planning Board has earned the reputation as being one of the most progressive regional planning entities in the state. Bob regularly mentors young planners, speaks at many planning events and participates in state policy initiatives. He has a B.A. in economics from Seton Hall University, an M.C.R.P. from the the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Local Officials Program.
Publisher, Morristown Green
As the first technology writer for The Star-Ledger, an assignment that included a year as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, Kevin Coughlin introduced readers to the digital pioneers and gadgets that have transformed our world. In late 2007, the Ledger asked Coughlin for help leading an experiment to re-invent the paper, and MorristownGreen.com was born. Quickly, Coughlin got hooked on “hyperlocal” news. When tough times forced industry-wide cutbacks, he took a buyout and in May 2010 re-launched Morristown Green as his own venture. With a band of dedicated volunteers, Morristown Green strives to inform and entertain residents of Greater Morristown. Morristown Green also hosts numerous events and mentors students who aspire to work in media. Coughlin is now among the longest-serving hyperlocal publishers in New Jersey.
Chief of Staff, Woodbridge Township; Executive Director, Woodbridge Township Redevelopment Authority
Since 2007, Caroline Ehrlich has been executive director of the Woodbridge Township Redevelopment agency (RDA) as well as the chief of staff of Woodbridge Township since 2007. During this time the RDA and the township administration have designated more than 20 redevelopment areas and have begun aggressive implementation of the redevelopment plans that were subsequently adopted by the Township Council. Since 2008, Ms. Ehrlich has also served as the sustainability officer for the township, spearheading the Greenable Woodbridge initiative and overseeing the township’s Sustainable Jersey application. Through her leadership, Woodbridge Township has received Sustainable Jersey Silver certification since 2010 and has been the large-town Sustainable Jersey champion since 2009. Previously Ms. Ehrlich was the chief of staff to then-State Treasurer John E. McCormac and a Woodbridge Township Councilwoman.
Research Director, New Jersey Future
Tim is responsible for the original research and data analysis that support New Jersey Future’s policy development. He regularly documents his research results in a variety of products, including full-length research reports and the twice-monthly Future Facts electronic newsletter. He also ensures that all of New Jersey Future’s products and media communications are quantitatively accurate and defensible. Tim frequently provides data and advice to colleague organizations, serving as an informal research consultant to the smart growth community at large. His analysis and commentary have been featured by a wide range of state and national media outlets. Tim holds a B.S. in mathematics from Ursinus College, an M.S. in statistics from the University of Virginia, and an M.C.R.P. from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Tim worked for six years as a mathematical statistician for the Bureau of the Census in Washington, D.C.
Executive Director, Morristown Partnership
Michael Fabrizio has served as the executive director of the Morristown Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) since its inception in 1994. The organization has more than 1,500 constituents, and is one of the largest such organizations in New Jersey. As executive director and as a commissioner on the Morristown Redevelopment Agency, Michael has worked with Town of Morristown to establish and implement nearly $600 million of redevelopment projects throughout the central business district. Through his downtown revitalization consulting company Michael is the executive director of the Pompton Lakes Business Improvement District. He has helped that BID and borough prepare a redevelopment strategy that is currently being implemented and will result in the first downtown redevelopment in Pompton Lakes in over 30 years. Michael serves on the board of Downtown New Jersey, of which he is past president; on Sustainable Jersey’s Local Economies Task Force; and on the Morristown Medical Center Advisory Board.
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.
Energy Systems Specialist, Mechanical Engineering Services, The College of New Jersey
In his capacity as energy systems specialist, Jack Fehn is responsible for the monitoring of TCNJ’s energy consumption and implementation of new technologies to help reduce future energy consumption and the college’s carbon footprint. Mr. Fehn began his work at the college in 1990 as a campus electrician. Among his responsibilities were assisting with the design and installation of electronic door access and card reader systems. For the College of New Jersey, he has served as members of the Staff Senate, The Committee for Student and Campus Community, the TCNJ Housing Master Plan Committee, and the Committee for Planning and Priorities. Mr. Fehn is a New Jersey state licensed electrician and was an independent contractor from 1987 through 2010, and has served as a member of the Central Jersey Electrical League since 2000 and currently serves as a member of the league’s executive board.
Hon. James J. Florio
Founding Partner, Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, LLC; former governor, State of New Jersey
Gov. James J. Florio serves as chair of his firm’s Environmental Group as well as the Government and Regulatory Affairs Group. He is a senior policy fellow for public policy and administration at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he previously 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.
President, Franzini Consulting LLC
Ms. Franzini’s firm provides assistance with real estate development projects; identifies local, state and federal incentives to fill funding gaps; and assists economic development organizations with their review of programs and developments. Ms. Franzini served as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) from January 1994 until October 2012. During that time she served as chairwoman of the state’s Urban Enterprise Zone Authority, vice chairwoman of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, and president of the Corporation for Business Assistance in New Jersey. Ms. Franzini currently serves on the board of directors of NJM Insurance Group, Horizon Blue Cross NJ Foundation Board, LeadNJ, New Jersey Community Development Corporation and the NJ Alliance for Action.
David Frizell Esq.
Partner, Frizell & Samuels
David Frizell has more than 35 years’ experience in municipal land-use law, appearing before boards from Sussex to Gloucester counties in connection with approvals of millions of square feet of commercial space and tens of thousands of residential units. He has acted as land-use counsel to Cranford, North Brunswick, Plainsboro, Raritan and Piscataway and served as borough attorney for Metuchen from 1995 to 2010, where he currently serves as counsel on affordable-housing issues. Mr. Frizell has lectured extensively on land-use law for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s School of Law in Camden.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Shift_Design
Mario Gentile drives the strategic direction of his studio’s experimental design lab, in addition to overseeing operations and client relations. The work and research have a modern aesthetic with a focus on mass-customization, prefabrication, and sustainable design. As an architect and product designer, Mario has been involved with residential, commercial and institutional building projects in both national and international locations. A former professor at Temple University, Gentile is currently teaching an architecture studio at the University of Pennsylvania focused on urban interventions and craft. Before founding SHIFT_DESIGN, he worked with Kieran Timberlake Associates, Peter Marino Associates and JXN Studio in Philadelphia and for George Ranalli Architect and Resolution 4: Architecture in New York. Mr. Gentile is accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board and licensed in New York and Pennsylvania. He also sits on the board of directors for Philadelphia’s Historic Bartram’s Garden.
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 from 2010 to 2012 as the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. During her tenure, Ms. Grifa 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.
Susan Gruel PP
Partner, Heyer, Gruel & Associates
Susan Gruel is a licensed professional planner in the State of New Jersey and has more than 30 years of experience in community planning. She has been involved in all aspects of the redevelopment process including preparation of redevelopment studies and redevelopment plans, preparation of requests for Proposals and the redeveloper selection and negotiation process. She is currently involved in the
implementation of several redevelopment plans that her firm prepared. Ms. Gruel is an instructor in the graduate department of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where, with her partner, Fred Heyer, she teaches comprehensive planning and studios. Susan received her M.C.R.P. from the Bloustein School.
Pilar Hogan Closkey PE AICP PP
Executive Director, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society, Camden
Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society (SJCS) is a Camden-based community organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the people of Camden by providing homeownership opportunities and neighborhood development programs. In her position, Ms. Hogan Closkey has overseen the construction/rehabilitation and sale of nearly 150 houses since 2005. She is also responsible for the management of 43 rental properties in Camden. Prior to joining SJCS, Ms. Hogan Closkey worked as a planner with a private, non-profit affordable-housing developer in Raleigh, N.C., and as a civil engineer for a large international consulting engineering firm in Chicago. Ms. Hogan Closkey holds professional engineering licenses in Illinois and New Jersey, is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a professional planner in New Jersey. She serves as a board member for the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and New Jersey Community Capital.
Ann Holtzman CFM
Zoning Officer and Floodplain Administrator, City of Hoboken
Ann Holtzman became a certified zoning official in 2009 through Rutgers Center for Government Services and in 2010 was hired by the City of Hoboken to serve in that capacity. She played an active role in the city’s recovery after Hurricane Sandy and is an ongoing participant in the city’s strategic planning for the future. In 2013 she became a certified floodplain manager (CFM) and added that to her responsibilities in Hoboken. She also completed training through the Emergency Management Institute for the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, which she coordinates and for which she hopes to have the city qualified for the first time in 2014. Prior to her government service, Ann was actively involvement in land-use issues with the City of Hoboken, first as an active participant in developing the city’s master plan in 2003-2004, and then as an advocate for parks, open space, historic preservation and smart-growth development.
Hon. Mila Jasey
Assemblywoman, New Jersey Legislative District 27
Aswm. Mila M. Jasey was first elected in 2007, and is serving her fourth term representing 14 towns in Essex and Morris counties. She is vice chair of the Housing & Local Government Committee and a member of the Education Committee, the Higher Education Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. During her time in the Assembly her education efforts have been recognized by the N.J. School Boards Association and the NJEA, while her housing endeavors have earned recognition by the NJ Apartment Association and Building One New Jersey. Prior to joining the Assembly, Ms. Jasey served on the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education for three terms, including two years as its president. Aswm. Jasey has an extensive record of volunteer community service, including the League of Women Voters, the ACHIEVE Foundation, the South Orange Civic Organization, the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund and the Community Coalition on Race.
Executive Director, New Jersey Future
Peter has been actively engaged in the areas of housing and sustainable development and community revitalization for the past 20 years. Before taking the helm of New Jersey Future in December 2007, he was chief of policy and community development for the New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, where he guided investment programs and developed a comprehensive state housing policy for use by the Department of Community Affairs. Prior to joining the HMFA, he oversaw all planning and real estate development activities for Isles, a private nonprofit community development organization in Trenton. Peter is a licensed New Jersey Professional Planner and holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Legislative Assistant, Office of Philadelphia City Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez
Jennifer Kates is a graduate of Penn Law School and Temple University. Her City Council work focuses primarily on the law and policy of housing, community development, land use, and property taxation. She advocates for increased access to justice for low-income Philadelphians and the city’s immigrant communities, and is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association committees on Civil Gideon and Fraudulent Conveyance. She serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Land Bank, the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia, and Historic Fair Hill; she is a past board member of Finanta, a community development financial institution.
James J. Kennedy
President, Skye Consulting LLC
Since 2006, Kennedy has been president of Skye Consulting, focusing on community development, world water issues and cultural arts. In 1978, as the owner of Kennedy Jewelers, he helped create the Rahway Chamber of Commerce, serving twice as its president. In 1990, Kennedy was elected to his first of five terms as mayor of Rahway, serving until 2011. While mayor, he helped create the Rahway Center Partnership to revitalize the city’s central business district; created the Rahway Redevelopment Agency to facilitate and promote new business investment throughout the city; and focused on utilizing the cultural arts as an economic development stimulus. He has served on the Union County Utilities Authority since 1990 and has led it as chairman for two terms. He served on the Rahway Geriatrics Center, the board of directors of RWJ Rahway Hospital and as interim executive director of the Union County Performing Arts Center. He is also a commissioner on the Rahway Senior Housing Corporation.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Spark
Pier is an experienced entrepreneur and changemaker. During his tenure at ICF, International prior to his founding Spark, he gained broad experience in climate change mitigation and sustainability consulting and co-founded a new ICF service offering focused on energy efficiency finance strategy. Pier also has experience in financial analysis, working on a major evaluation of loan financing modalities employed by the World Bank under its Climate Investment Fund program, and developing project-level carbon emissions accounting tools for USAID. In 2010, he founded Race to Replace, a statewide clean-energy-focused voter registration campaign in Vermont in partnership with League of Conservation Voters. He has worked as a climate policy fellow at 1Sky, evaluating policy frameworks and economic impacts around Waxman-Markey, the climate bill that passed the House of Representatives in 2009. In 2011, Pier was honored by Middlebury College with the Jason B. Fleischman award for excellence.
William G. Lashbrook III
Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate
Bill is currently in charge of business metrics and portfolio management for PNC’s over $30 billion of commercial real estate lending business. He started his banking career in 1973 in corporate lending at The Bank of New York, moving to real estate in 1984. He moved to Midlantic Bank in 1993 and to PNC following their acquisition of Midlantic, spending eight years at corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh before returning to New Jersey in 2005. He is active in various industry groups, including the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Roundtable where he serves on the Sustainable Practices Advisory Committee, and the U.S. Green Building Council, where for two years he was vice chairman of the New Jersey chapter. Bill has served on a eight Urban Land Institute Advisory Panels, the most recent of which was its July 2013 Hurricane Sandy Panel for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, where he focused on finance and insurance impacts.
Ron Ladell Esq.
Senior Vice President, AvalonBay Communities Inc.
As senior vice president of development for New Jersey, Ron Ladell oversees AvalonBay’s development activities throughout the state, where he focuses on developing premier residential and mixed-use communities in high barrier-to-entry markets. Currently, AvalonBay is constructing communities in Somerset, Bloomingdale, Roseland, Bloomfield and Wharton; has built communities in Wood-Ridge, Hackensack, North Bergen, West Long Branch, Tinton Falls, Lyndhurst and Lawrenceville; and has purchased communities in East Rutherford, Plainsboro and Watchung. Mr. Ladell was named to NJBIZ’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in New Jersey Real Estate each year since its inception, ranking No. 8 in 2013. Prior to joining AvalonBay, he was the vice president for business development for a mixed-use developer and operator of multifamily, retail and office properties. Mr. Ladell also served as the vice president, general counsel and director of development for a restaurant and hotel franchisee, beginning his professional career as a real estate and corporate attorney at Hannoch Weisman.
Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Larry Levine is a senior attorney in NRDC’s Water Program, working on a variety of issues pertaining to water quality in the Northeast region and at the national policy level. His work focuses especially on promoting the use of green infrastructure as a sustainable solution to polluted urban runoff and raw sewage overflows. Larry was previously a litigation fellow at NRDC and a clinical fellow in environmental law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and is a graduate of Yale Law School and Tulane University. Larry blogs on green infrastructure and other water resources protection issues at http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/llevine/.
Charles B. Liebling Esq.
Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP
Mr. Liebling concentrates on redevelopment and redevelopment finance, land use law, and general real estate transactions. He represents both for-profit and non-profit developers as well as governmental entities. In redevelopment, he is involved in the establishment of public-private partnerships and the utilization of government incentive programs. He focuses on the negotiation of complex redevelopment agreements and development of financing structures, including the use of tax abatements, tax increment financing, and tax credits. In land use, he represents applicants before boards and commissions at the local, county, and state level in connection with a wide variety of multi-family residential, commercial, and institutional projects. He served as a consulting attorney to the authors of The Redevelopment Handbook: A Guide to Rebuilding New Jersey’s Communities. He has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, an M.C.R.P. from Rutgers University and a B.A. from Brown University.
Timothy J. Lizura
President and Chief Operating Officer, New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Mr. Lizura worked for over a decade in the EDA’s real estate department, where he served as director until his departure in 2006. He oversaw approximately $500 million in real estate development and managed EDA’s 5.6-million-square-foot real estate portfolio. He led the EDA’s activities to advance the Camden Economic Recovery initiative, where he managed the development of the award-winning Waterfront Technology Center at Camden. Prior to rejoining 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, where he oversaw all redevelopment activities for the commercial interests of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. He was also a member of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority and a non-voting designee to the South Jersey Transportation Authority, and served as interim executive director for the Fort Monmouth Economic Redevelopment Authority during its formation in 2010.
Allan Mallach FAICP
Senior Fellow, National Housing Institute; Nonresident Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress and a non-resident senior fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. A city planner and writer on housing, economic development, and urban and neighborhood revitalization, he has been active as a practitioner, advocate and scholar for over 40 years. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2010-2011 academic year, and currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City. His recent books include A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets, which has become a resource for thousands of planners, lawyers, public officials and community leaders dealing with problem property and revitalization issues. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Joseph J. Maraziti Jr. Esq.
Partner, Maraziti, Falcon & Healey LLP
Joe Maraziti represents both public- and private-sector clients in locally and nationally significant regulatory, transactional and litigation matters involving environmental and redevelopment issues. With more than 40 years of experience in legal issues related to infrastructure and the environment, Mr. Maraziti is an active leader and driving force in the redevelopment arena. He previously served as chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission, which adopted the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in March 2001. In this role, he worked with the governor’s cabinet, counties, local communities and the private sector to ensure that development and redevelopment in the State of New Jersey enhances the quality of life for all citizens. Mr. Maraziti has also testified before subcommittees of the United States House of Representatives as well as committees of the New Jersey Senate on various redevelopment topics. He is a trustee of New Jersey Future.
Former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; Director, Environmental Affairs and Planning, Edgewood Properties
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, having founded the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management and served two terms as regional director of the National Association of State Floodplain Managers.
Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors, LLC
Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC is an affiliate of Ernst & Young LLP and part of its U.S. infrastructure advisory group. Mr. McMonagle has over 12 years of experience providing financial and commercial advice for major infrastructure projects and public-private partnerships, first in the UK and later in the United States and Canada. His recent projects include the Goethals Bridge replacement project for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Portsmouth Bypass for Ohio DOT and the DC Streetcar project.
John A. Miller PE CFM CSM
Legislative Committee Chairman, New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management
John is in his seventh year as legislative committee chair of the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM), a non-profit, all-volunteer organization incorporated in 2005 and dedicated to reducing loss of life, mitigating property damage and promoting sound floodplain management. NJAFM is a chapter of the 15,000-member national Association of State Floodplain Managers. It is the flood resource for the State of New Jersey, and has direct input into education, policy and practices, and into recognition of the 11 presidential disaster declarations in New Jersey in the past nine years. Its Certified Floodplain Manager program recognizes professionals that concentrate on making New Jersey safer, more resilient and economically sustainable into the future. Mr. Miller was featured in a November 2013 profile by Scott Gurian in NJ Spotlight titled “Taking the Very Long View on Floodplain Management – John Miller balances the need to think decades ahead with immediate concerns about helping people, businesses, and communities survive tomorrow’s storms.”
Christopher J. Paladino
President, New Brunswick Development Corporation
Since assuming the presidency of Devco in 1994, Mr. Paladino has initiated and managed nearly $2 billion in residential, commercial, and institutional development activity by focusing on a unique brand of public-private joint venture partnerships. His extensive experience in all aspects of redevelopment, from project conceptualization, feasibility and financing to risk management, construction oversight and asset management, is evident in a number of Devco’s signature projects, including the award-winning Wellness Plaza and Gateway Transit Village Redevelopment Initiative, the Heldrich Redevelopment Project, Civic Square I, II, III, and IV, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, and Rockoff Hall University Apartments. Mr. Paladino is currently spearheading Rutgers’ expansive $330 million redevelopment initiative, which will transform the historic main campus at Rutgers University. As he said when he assumed his current role, “The fundamental role of Devco as a successful nonprofit developer is to provide the momentum to carry development projects forward — the kind of projects that clearly advance good public policy.”
Keller Williams Realty; WalkableSuburb.com
Pauline “Lina” Panza is a New Jersey-licensed Realtor whose passion is for helping buyers find homes in walkable communities and for educating sellers on the true value of their “walkable” homes. She is the creator of WalkableSuburb.com, a real estate website that allows buyers to search for property in New Jersey’s most walkable neighborhoods. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.F.A. in industrial design and a minor in architecture, and she also holds an M.B.A. in marketing from Rutgers. She has been a New Jersey Association of Realtors Circle of Excellence winner for six consecutive years and a New Jersey Monthly Magazine Five Star award winner since 2011.
Hon. Gary Passanante
Mayor, Borough of Somerdale
Mr. Passanante is currently serving in his 19th year as mayor of the Borough of Somerdale. For over a decade he has also served on the boards of directors for both the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He is a past president and current member of the executive board of the Camden County Mayors Association and in 2005 was the first recipient of its Mayor of the Year award. He was the director of shared services for Camden County and was the Assembly Speaker’s appointee to the state’s Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC), tasked with recommending shared services and consolidation options for New Jersey municipalities. Mayor Passanante has been chairman and co-chairman of the League’s Educational Property Tax Reform Committee, and is considered one of the most knowledgeable mayors on property tax issues.
Anthony J. Perno III Esq.
Chief Executive Officer, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
In his role at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a non-profit real estate development corporation responsible for the redevelopment of Camden City, Mr. Perno has developed and administered several major initiatives including the Interior Gateway Initiative, a $50-million planning and infrastructure rehabilitation project; the Camden Greenway, a regional trail network; and CHIP, an award winning home improvement program for residents. He serves as a board member for the St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society and the Battleship New Jersey. In 2011, Gov. Christie appointed him to serve on the UMDNJ Advisory Committee to evaluate the medical education system in New Jersey. Mr. Perno is a Truman Scholar who received his J.D. from Rutgers University in 2005. He studied economics and political science in the honors program at The College of New Jersey, where he received a B.A. with honors in 1998.
Kathleen Miller Prunty
Director, Downtown Business and Economic Development Office, Township of Cranford
Kathleen Miller Prunty has been director of Cranford’s Downtown Management Corporation since 1997. She has managed several transit-oriented and mixed-use development projects, which brought close to $100 million of private investments to the downtown, including one that received a New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award in 2005, and in 2003 was successful in having Cranford designated a Transit Village. During her three years (2008-2010) as president of Downtown New Jersey she started its Issues Forum, a series of discussions with state officials and experts to address trends and issues affecting business districts, and became active in the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition. Ms. Prunty is on the task force of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, working to get midtown-direct service to New York City on the Raritan Valley Line. She has addressed various organizations about business districts and transit-oriented development, including the Connecticut Economic Development Commission.
Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer, City of Newark
Damon Rich is the director of the Newark Planning Office (NPO), where he works to make Newark a prosperous, walkable, and environmentally just city. Under his leadership, the NPO’s achievements have included completing the city’s first riverfront parks, launching the Newark Public Art Program, and drafting the first comprehensive update in over 50 years to the city’s zoning regulations. Prior to this his positions included founder and executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public participation in planning and design, and chief of staff for capital projects at New York City Parks. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2006-2007. Damon has taught architecture and planning at a variety of institutions, including Harvard University, Cooper Union, and Syracuse University. His work was represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited internationally.
Martin E. Robins
Director, Emeritus, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University
Martin Robins has nearly 40 years’ experience in the field of transportation planning and policy. He was director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University and in 1998 founded its predecessor organization, the Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute. Today he manages his own transportation consulting firm. Previously, he was project director of Access to the Region’s Core, director of NJ TRANSIT’s Waterfront Transportation Office, director of planning and development for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, deputy executive director for NJ TRANSIT, and director of policy analysis for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where he assisted then-Commissioner Louis Gambaccini in the effort to create NJ TRANSIT.
Principal, Rodrigues Urban Design
Carlos Rodrigues is a Princeton, N.J.-based urban designer, professional planner, writer and educator. His planning practice represents local governments, private development clients and civic groups involved in development, redevelopment and preservation projects. He also teaches a graduate planning studio at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; a recent studio focused on Sandy-afflicted communities. He has worked in senior management positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors, is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a past president of APA-NJ, a past board member of Preservation New Jersey and a current board member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
Stephen A. Santola Esq.
Executive Vice President/General Counsel, Woodmont Properties
Steve Santola has been a practicing attorney in New Jersey and New York, specializing in land use and real estate, since 1991. He joined Woodmont Properties in 2004, where he is responsible for the firm’s legal matters, including oversight of the company’s regulatory and municipal approvals. He also serves as project manager and manages the development approval process for many of the company’s downtown redevelopment sites, including the Epstein’s Morristown Redevelopment Project, the West Side Lofts in Red Bank, and Lower Broadway in South Amboy. He has been a guest lecturer on transit-oriented development at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority’s Training Institute and the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University, and he has been a frequent panelist and speaker on redevelopment and regulatory issues. He serves on the executive board of Downtown New Jersey and is a trustee of New Jersey Future.
Hon. Robert G. Smith
Senator, New Jersey Legislative District 17
State Sen. Bob Smith represents the rights and interests of the citizens of the 17th Legislative District, which includes parts of Middlesex and Somerset counties. He has served in the New Jersey State Legislature since 1986, first as an assemblyman and beginning in 2002 as a senator. He is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as a member of the State House Commission. Sen. Smith’s legislative accomplishments include the Highlands Preservation Act, Site Remediation Reform (LSRP), and Barnegat Bay cleanup, including the most stringent fertilizer law in the United States. Sen. Smith previously served as mayor of Piscataway Township from 1981 to 1986 and was a member, vice president and president of the Township Council from 1977 to 1981.
Managing Director, Community Development, Advance Realty
Michael Sommer has a 17-year track record of developing and constructing several thousand residential units, and is responsible for leading efforts related to the development of high-profile and large-scale mixed-use projects. Prior to joining Advance, Sommer served as senior vice president for Premier Development & Affiliates LLC, where he had primary oversight for diverse projects including low- and mid-rise multifamily housing, active adult communities and single-family and townhome projects. He was in charge of all aspects of project development including the management of land acquisitions, entitlements, land development, construction, property management, sales, leasing and marketing. Among the notable projects Sommer has worked on are Stone Bridge in Raritan Borough and three developments in Somerset — Canal Walk, Summerfields and Cedar Manor. Sommer earned an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.A. in economics and business from Lafayette College.
Matthew Testa LEED AP
Director of Construction, Bijou Properties
Matt Testa manages all aspects of building design and construction for Bijou Properties. He is the organization’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited professional, helping anchor the company’s focus on sustainable development practices. He also coordinates the firm’s marketing and networking initiatives. Since graduating from Lehigh University in 2002 with a B.A. in architectural design and a minor in graphic communications, Mr. Testa has worked across all facets of the real estate development industry, including project supervision, construction management, and design management, and sales+marketing.
President, The Hoboken Brownstone
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.
Kevin D. Walsh Esq.
Associate Director, Fair Share Housing Center
Kevin Walsh joined Fair Share Housing Center following a clerkship in the New Jersey Supreme Court. Walsh, a graduate of The Catholic University of America and Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, is responsible for the center’s enforcement of the Mount Laurel doctrine in high-growth municipalities and in municipalities with potential for transit-oriented development. He is also working on the center’s enforcement of civil rights and transparency laws as part of New Jersey’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Walsh received the Mary Philbrook Award from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in October 2012 and in December 2012 was named Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Director of Energy, The Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey and Sustainable Jersey
Mark Warner currently serves as the director of energy at the Sustainability Institute at The College OfNew Jersey and Sustainable Jersey, focusing on the accelerated adoption of sustainability energy solutions in New Jersey and beyond. Focus areas for this work include energy efficiency, renewables, alternative vehicles, and emerging topics such as energy storage, smart grid and micro-grids. Mark’s sustainable energy work builds on nearly 30 years of experience in market development and the infrastructure transformation resulting from deregulation. Following a 20-year career in the telecommunications and computing industries, he founded and served as chief executive officer of the Sun Farm Network, a solar power development company that introduced some of the first solar financing solutions in the industry. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.
Senior Policy Advisor, Clean Energy and Smart Grid. New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Mike Winka is currently advises the president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on clean-energy issues, including developing a system of combined heat and power facilities/microgrids for storm response and emergency preparedness and smart grid/distribution automation. He joined the BPU in 2003 as director of the newly organized Office of Clean Energy, where, through 2012, he managed the New Jersey Clean Energy Program and the State Energy Plan for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He assisted in the development of New Jersey’s solar program and the transition from solar rebates to the New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate financing programs. He assisted in the development and implementation of New Jersey’s Sustainability Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change Action Plan and worked with the New Jersey team in developing and implementing the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative among the 10 northeast states.
President, Somerset Development
Ralph Zucker had a revelation about the need for community in our culture when he noticed that the children in the suburban subdivision in which he then lived preferred to play in the street with other neighborhood children rather than in isolation in their individual backyards. Mr. Zucker became a student of New Urbanism, traveling around the world to study and eventually collaborate on projects designed by Andrés Duany, one of the pioneers of the New Urbanist movement. The principles of New Urbanism, including the ideas that housing should be clustered and located along transportation lines, and the preference for close-knit, walkable communities, resonated with Zucker. He began to build communities that would reflect the needs and desires of those who would call them home, and is now regarded as a pioneer in bringing New Urbanism and traditional neighborhood design to New Jersey and New York.