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Smart-Growth Policy Priorities Well Represented on Murphy Transition Team

November 27th, 2017 by

Among those named to Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team are 15 experts who have a current or prior affiliation with New Jersey Future, a sign that the priorities of the incoming administration will include some of the key issues outlined in New Jersey Future’s gubernatorial blueprint.

Named to leadership roles on the transition team are:

  • Henry Coleman, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will co-chair the Budget advisory committee
  • Peter Kasabach, New Jersey Future’s executive director, who will co-chair the Urban and Regional Growth advisory committee
  • Allison Kopicki, New Jersey Future’s director of state policy, who is the deputy director of the transition policy committees
  • Jack Lettiere, a former New Jersey Future trustee, who will co-chair the Transportation and Infrastructure advisory committee
  • José Lozano, a New Jersey Future trustee, who is executive director of the transition team

Named to transition committees are:

  • Sam Delgado, a former New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Military and Veteran Affairs advisory committee
  • Kathy Ellis, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Energy and Environment advisory committee
  • Dan Fatton, a former member of New Jersey Future’s staff, who will join the Energy and Environment advisory committee
  • Lopa Kolluri, a former New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Housing advisory committee
  • Debbie Mans, a former New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Energy and Environment advisory committee
  • Gil Medina, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Stronger and Fairer Economy advisory committee
  • Stephen Santola, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Housing advisory committee
  • Christy Van Horn, a former member of New Jersey Future’s staff, who will join the Education, Access, and Opportunity advisory committee
  • Kevin Watsey, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Energy and Environment advisory committee
  • Steve Weinstein, a New Jersey Future trustee, who will join the Education, Access, and Opportunity advisory committee

Several additional New Jersey Future staff experts have provided expertise and input, including:

  • Managing Director for Policy and Water Chris Sturm on water issues
  • Planning Manager David Kutner on issues related to climate adaptation
  • Green Infrastructure Manager Louise Wilson on green infrastructure
  • Planning and Policy Associate Kandyce Perry on green streets.

In addition to these staff and board members, there are many appointees to the transition committees that are strong supporters of smart growth, a cause for optimism that smart leadership on growth and development issues will be a priority for the new governor and his administration.


One Response to “Smart-Growth Policy Priorities Well Represented on Murphy Transition Team”

  1. Joseph says:

    Great! I’m hoping to see more smart growth principles applied throughout the state, but especially here in South Jersey where we’ve spent far too long building unsustainable sprawl. We may not have as many transit points as North Jersey, but we can go a long way toward building up our existing transit villages and bike/ped networks.

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