Staff and Contact Information
General Contact Information and Directions
New Jersey Future
137 W. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618
General email (njfuturenjfutureorg)
Locate a Staff Person by Topic
Affordable Housing: Tim Evans
Calendar Items: Marianne Jann
Cancellations: Marianne Jann
Communications: Elaine Clisham
Development: Diana Meyer-Counard
Directions: Marianne Jann
Energy and Climate Change: Chris Sturm
Event Sponsorships: Diana Meyer-Counard
Events: Marianne Jann
General Inquiries: Marianne Jann
General Policy Issues: Peter Kasabach
Highlands: Chris Sturm
Media: Elaine Clisham
Membership: Diana Meyer-Counard
Open Space and Farmland: Chris Sturm
Pinelands: Chris Sturm
Redevelopment: Teri Jover
Regional Planning: Chris Sturm
Research: Tim Evans
Smart Growth Awards entries and jury: Elaine Clisham
State Planning: Chris Sturm
Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding: David Kutner
Sustainable Jersey: Teri Jover
Tax Policy: Tim Evans
Transfer of Development Rights: Chris Sturm
Transportation: Chris Sturm
Website: Elaine Clisham
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. Email Pete (pkasabachnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 104.
Elaine is responsible for communications and engagement across all media between the organization and its constituencies. Prior to joining the organization in March 2011, she spent more than 30 years in advertising and marketing at several New Jersey newspaper organizations and at its statewide trade association. Most recently she was the director of marketing and of targeted solutions at the American Press Institute, a national newspaper industry think tank, where she was involved in a multi-year research project focused on new digital business models for newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in Community Planning with a concentration in housing and community development policy from the University of Maryland; an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University; and an A.B. in English from Princeton University. Email Elaine (eclishamnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 102.
Nick focuses on policy and planning initiatives ranging from research to on-the-ground implementation. He was previously employed as the community and natural resource planner for Pike County, Pennsylvania. His experiences include consulting with neighboring counties in New York and New Jersey to advance regional planning for towns along the upper Delaware River valley; coordinating the county’s Shale Gas Task Force, where he interacted with a wide variety of residents, municipal officials and local stakeholders; and developing the “Greetings From Pike County” promotional campaign to foster clear communication among businesses, residents, and visitors. Nicholas has strong skills in project management, public presentations, design and GIS. He has a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Middlebury College in Vermont. Email Nick (ndickersonnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.
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 a master’s in city and regional planning (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. Email Tim (timevansnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 103.
Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Nick assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with post-Superstorm Sandy planning and recovery efforts in New York City. He has extensive experience in the redevelopment process, having been involved in such projects as Wesmont Station in Wood-Ridge; the Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies redevelopment in Holmdel; and the Anchor Glass redevelopment in Aberdeen. He has also assisted numerous municipalities in redevelopment efforts and studies.He has a B.A. in geography/urban studies from Rutgers University, a master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a law degree from Temple University School of Law. Email Nick (ngravianonjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 732-816-4151.
Marianne is an accountant who has primary responsibility for all office administration, including budgeting, financial record keeping and database management. She earned her accounting degree from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and served as an auditor for a public accounting firm in Trenton. Email Marianne (mariannejannnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 101.
As managing director, Teri focuses on public policy analysis and development of smart growth initiatives at the community level, especially redevelopment issues. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Teri is the author of a case study on the Merrill Lynch development in Hopewell and the creator of the Smart Growth Scorecard. Her career experience includes serving as project coordinator with the City of New Brunswick Department of Planning, Community and Economic Development. Email Teri (tjovernjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 113.
As a recovery planning manager, David is responsible for outreach and assistance to municipalities responding to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. He is a licensed professional planner with over 25 years of land use and environmental planning experience. He has worked as a planning consultant and held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. David’s work has included master planning; community design; neighborhood planning; downtown redevelopment planning; economic development; and natural resource protection and open space/recreation planning. He has extensive experience in project management and facilitation, specializing in citizen participation, community interaction and project negotiation. Email David (dkutnernjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 105.
Diana is responsible for creating opportunities for corporate and individual donors to support New Jersey Future. She manages all fundraising and sponsorship components of the organization’s signature events – its Redevelopment Forum and Smart Growth Awards celebration – as well as its other events, and she directs its annual membership campaign. Before joining New Jersey Future she spent eight years as the director of business development for the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, where she was able to deliver significant increases in the organization’s membership and event attendance. Prior to her tenure at the chamber she held account executive positions with a telecommunications firm, several publications companies, a marketing firm and a pharmaceutical company. She holds an A.A.S. from Camden County College. Email Diana (dmeyernjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 110.
As a local recovery manager, Steve is responsible for assisting and supporting post-Sandy recovery efforts in Sea Bright and Highlands. A certified planner with over 25 years of experience, he has worked as a planning consultant and held various positions in local and county government in California, Colorado and Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include economic development, land use planning, open space preservation, trail development, sustainable tourism planning, community engagement and strategic partnerships. Steve has extensive experience in municipal planning, program development, and climate change policy. He has assisted in the creation of several multi-million dollar open space preservation and economic development programs, and has collaborated with numerous non-profits, chambers of commerce, and civic associations to foster smart, sustainable growth. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Email Steve (snelsonnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 610-233-8118.
Chris directs New Jersey Future’s policy development and advocacy across a host of issues including state and regional planning, sustainable infrastructure, and incentives for compact, equitable development. She spearheaded the adoption of legislation authorizing better cluster development tools, and is frequently quoted in the media. Chris serves as a trustee for the Council on Affordable Housing and the Environment, and is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey and the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance. Her career experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, as well as working for the MSM Regional Council (now PlanSmart NJ), the Eagleton Institute, and the Office of State Planning. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning. Email Chris (csturmnjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.
As a recovery planning manager, Leah is responsible for assisting the towns of Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton in navigating the road to recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, including conducting outreach to the community; and developing a land use planning study that incorporates and builds on the work of federal, state, and non-profit partners. Leah is a licensed professional planner with over 20 years of experience in environmental work, land use planning, and economic development. She has worked at the federal and local levels, and as a brownfield, environmental and planning consultant. She holds master’s degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration, certifications in planning and economic development, and a doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. She has extensive experience in project management, facilitation, grant writing, and program implementation. Email Leah (lyasenchaknjfutureorg) or reach by phone at 732-859-0831.