Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


Staff and Contact Information

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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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Locate a Staff Person by Topic

Affordable Housing: Tim Evans
Calendar Items: Emily Eckart
Communications: Elaine Clisham
Development: Michele Glassburg
Directions: Marianne Jann
Energy and Climate Change: Chris Sturm, David Kutner
Event Cancellations: Marianne Jann
Event Sponsorships: Michele Glassburg
Events: Marianne Jann
General Inquiries: Marianne Jann
General Policy Issues: Peter Kasabach
Green Infrastructure (Highlands/
Pinelands): Louise Wilson
Highlands: Chris Sturm
Local Redevelopment: David Kutner
Media: Elaine Clisham
Membership: Michele Glassburg

Open Space and Farmland: Chris Sturm
Pinelands: Chris Sturm
Places To Age: Tim Evans
Redevelopment: Peter Kasabach
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
Tax Policy: Tim Evans
Transfer of Development Rights: Chris Sturm
Transportation: Chris Sturm
Urban Water Infrastructure/Jersey Water Works: Ed DiFiglia
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.

Brian Caycho, Program Coordinator

Brian helps coordinate and support New Jersey Future’s backbone functions for the Jersey Water Works collaborative. His professional experience includes internships at an accredited land trust, an academic research institution, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. His work has involved organizing and facilitating programs as well as conducting research. Brian holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior from Rutgers University. Email Brian  (bcaychoatnjfuturedotorg)   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.

Ed DiFiglia, Program Manager

Ed DiFigliaAs program manager, Ed provides day-to-day supervision of the Jersey Water Works collaborative, which is working to upgrade New Jersey’s water infrastructure with cost-effective, sustainable solutions. Before joining New Jersey Future’s staff, Ed worked at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association protecting water quality and environmental resources through local engagement with residents, volunteers and other stakeholders. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from The George Washington University. Email Ed  (edifigliaatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 112.

Emily Eckart, Development and Communications Associate

Peter KasabachEmily creates blog content, manages social media accounts, updates the website, maintains databases, and provides event and development support. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she coordinated course materials for Harvard Kennedy School’s degree and executive education programs. She holds a B.A. with a concentration in music from Harvard University. She is a published author, and is currently completing a master’s degree program in sustainability through Harvard Extension School. Email Emily  (eeckartatnjfutturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 113.



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.

Michele Glassburg, Director of Development and Outreach

Michele is responsible for developing and implementing corporate outreach, fundraising and relationship building activities, including events, for New Jersey Future. Her career experience includes over 30 years working in marketing and membership for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. She holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Temple University, and a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Email Michele  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext 107.


Alma Hidalgo, Community Outreach Organizer

Alma is currently an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the Office of Innovation in Jersey City. She will be supporting New Jersey Future’s community outreach and engagement activities in three North Jersey urban communities that are dealing with flooding, health and redevelopment issues stemming from inadequate water systems. Alma received her M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in Cities and Social Justice from The New School and a Bachelor’s in Journalism/Global Studies from SUNY Oswego. Her master’s thesis focused on the environmental movement in Chile, for which she spent a month in Santiago and Patagonia investigating how the young generation of Chileans utilized social media activism to fight for their environmental rights. Email Alma  (ahidalgoatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 347-553-2007.

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.



Moriah Kinberg, Community Outreach Coordinator

staff_njf_moAs community outreach coordinator, Mo is responsible for New Jersey Future’s outreach and engagement activities in several North Jersey urban communities that are currently dealing with flooding, health and redevelopment issues stemming from inadequate water systems. Mo has community and campaign organizing experience working with non-profit organizations and labor unions. She has worked on campaigns from the ground up, on topics ranging from transportation and education to food policy and environmental justice issues. She has effectively brought stakeholder groups together to form strong coalitions that have collectively passed legislation and won policy changes. Email Mo  (mkinbergatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 510-452-7178.

Allison Kopicki, Director of State Policy

As New Jersey Future’s director of state policy, Allison will work on land-use planning and policy and local place-making. Prior to coming to New Jersey Future, Allison’s career spanned the worlds of public policy, academia and journalism. Most recently, she was director of research for the University of Pennsylvania’s Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies and conducted polling for NBC News. She was a staff editor in the news surveys department at The New York Times and wrote about personal finance for Bloomberg. She has held various roles in New Jersey government, including as a senior program analyst at the Office of the State Comptroller and senior director of research and legislation in the Governor’s Office of Economic Growth. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College. Email Allison  (akopickiatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008.

David Kutner PP AICP, Planning Manager

staff_njf_davidkDavid manages New Jersey Future’s planning initiatives and is responsible for the organization’s outreach and assistance to municipalities, with a special focus on coastal communities vulnerable to sea-level rise. For the past four years he has managed New Jersey Future’s Local Recovery Planning Manager program, providing assistance to municipalities seeking to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. His work has focused on helping communities recover from storm damage and on encouraging them to consider how they might plan for the challenges of climate-related flood inundation risks. He is a licensed professional planner with more than 30 years of land use and environmental planning experience. He has worked as a private planning consultant and held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. 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 to carry out New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, which assists communities, developers, and design professionals in using green stormwater infrastructure. 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 Manager

As program manager, Jane oversees New Jersey Future’s backbone functions for the Jersey Water Works collaborative, which is working to upgrade New Jersey’s water infrastructure with cost-effective, sustainable solutions. In managing the day-to-day operations of Jersey Water Works, Jane oversees the five programmatic implementation committees, assists in conducting background research, drafts policy recommendations, and shapes project proposals. Additionally she serves as “chief creative officer,” having led the branding process and the development of the Jersey Water Works website, and she oversees all of its external communications including social media campaigns and email newsletters. She previously worked at Sustainable Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. She graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in History – Political Science and a minor 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.

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