Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Staff and Contact Information

General Contact Information and Directions

New Jersey Future
16 W. Lafayette Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
p: 609-393-0008
f: 609-360-8478
General email  (njfutureatnjfuturedotorg)  
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Affordable Housing: Tim Evans
Calendar Items: Marianne Jann
Communications: Elaine Clisham
Development: Lauren Bolline
Directions: Marianne Jann
Energy and Climate Change: Chris Sturm
Event Cancellations: Marianne Jann
Event Sponsorships: Lauren Bolline
Events: Marianne Jann
General Inquiries: Marianne Jann
General Policy Issues: Peter Kasabach
Green Infrastructure (Highlands/
Pinelands): Louise Wilson
Highlands: Chris Sturm
Local Redevelopment: Teri Jover
Media: Elaine Clisham
Membership: Lauren Bolline

Open Space and Farmland: Chris Sturm
Pinelands: Chris Sturm
Places To Age: Tim Evans
Redevelopment: Teri Jover
Regional Planning: Chris Sturm
Research: Tim Evans
Resilience: Chris Sturm
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
Urban Water Infrastructure: Jane Rosenblatt
Website: Elaine Clisham

Peter Kasabach, Executive Director

Peter KasabachPeter 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 holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Email Pete  (pkasabachatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 104.

Lauren Bolline, Director of Outreach and Development

As director of outreach and development, Lauren focuses on fundraising activities and development opportunities to sustain the organization’s operations, including organizing sponsorship and donor involvement for New Jersey Future’s events and expanding outreach to individual supporters.  Prior to coming to New Jersey Future, Lauren spent more than five years in program/asset management with Build with Purpose and in development/communications with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Lauren holds a B.A. in Planning and Public Policy and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where she concentrated in community economic development.  Email Lauren  (lbollineatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 107.

Max Brekke, Planning and Policy Associate

As a planning and policy associate, Max works with the Jersey Water Works collaborative, as well as contributing to other New Jersey Future projects. For Jersey Water Works he plays a leading role in advancing an agenda of sustainable urban water infrastructure through outreach, coordination and communication. Prior to coming to New Jersey Future, Max facilitated policy and communication operations at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations in Washington, D.C. Max holds a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Philosophy and Spanish from American University in D.C. Email Max  (mbrekkeeatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.

Elaine Clisham, Director of Communications

Elaine ClishamElaine 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 sales 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  (eclishamatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 102.

Tim Evans, Director of Research

Tim EvansTim 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  (timevansatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 103.

Nicholas Graviano J.D. PP AICP, Local Recovery Planning Manager

Nick GravianoIn his role as a local recovery planning manager, Nick works with the townships of Commercial and Maurice River as they continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, he 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  (ngravianoatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 732-816-4151.

Marianne Jann, Manager of Office and Budget

Marianne JannMarianne is an accountant who has primary responsibility for all office administration, including budgeting, financial recordkeeping and database management. She earned her accounting degree from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and previously served as an auditor for a public accounting firm in Trenton. Email Marianne  (mariannejannatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 101.



Teri Jover PP AICP, Deputy Executive Director

Teri JoverAs deputy executive 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  (tjoveratnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 113.

David Kutner PP AICP, Planning Manager

staff_njf_davidkAs 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  (dkutneratnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 105.

Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Associate

Kandyce2As a planning and policy associate, Kandyce works on New Jersey Future’s green infrastructure project, an initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation designed to assist communities in the Pinelands and Highlands in using green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff pollution and flooding. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Kandyce worked on brownfield redevelopment at the City of Camden Redevelopment Agency. Kandyce holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Spelman College. Email Kandyce  (kperryatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 108.

Jane Rosenblatt, Program Coordinator

As a program coordinator, Jane supports New Jersey Future’s Urban Water Solutions initiative. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Jane managed the Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Program, coordinating the application, selection and reporting processes. She previously worked at the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Parks and Forestry, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, where she conducted research on New Jersey gubernatorial environmental policy. Jane holds a B.A. in history and political science from Rutgers University with a concentration in environmental policy. Email Jane  (jrosenblattatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 110.

Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water

Chris directs New Jersey Future’s water programs to upgrade urban water infrastructure, mainstream green infrastructure, and facilitate Jersey Water Works. She also leads New Jersey Future’s policy development and advocacy across a host of issues including sustainable infrastructure, climate resilience, regional planning and incentives for compact, equitable growth. She spearheads collaborative efforts to reshape land use policies and public investments so that they strengthen communities. Chris is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey and the U.S. Water 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  (csturmatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.

Louise Currey Wilson, Green Infrastructure Manager

LWilsonLouise Wilson manages New Jersey Future’s green infrastructure project, a program aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream.  She is a former mayor and committeewoman in Montgomery Township, and she is a former member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. She has served as an officer of the League of Municipalities Executive Board; president of the League’s Educational Foundation; and a trustee of the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey; and she is currently a trustee for local and statewide land preservation organizations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. Email Louise  (lwilsonatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.

Leah B. Yasenchak Ph.D. PP AICP CEcD, Local Recovery Planning Manager

staff_njf_leahAs a local 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  (lyasenchakatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 732-859-0831.


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