Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces

 

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New Jersey Future
137 W. Hanover St.
Trenton, NJ 08618
p: 609-393-0008
f: 609-393-1189
General email  (njfutureatnjfuturedotorg)  
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Locate a Staff Person by Topic

Affordable Housing: Tim Evans
Calendar Items: Marianne Jann
Communications: Elaine Clisham
Development: Elaine Clisham
Directions: Marianne Jann
Energy and Climate Change: Chris Sturm
Event Cancellations: Marianne Jann
Event Sponsorships: Marianne Jann
Events: Marianne Jann
General Inquiries: Marianne Jann
General Policy Issues: Peter Kasabach
Highlands: Chris Sturm
Media: Elaine Clisham
Membership: Marianne Jann

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: Marisa Dietrich


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.


Elaine Clisham, Director of Communications and Development

Elaine ClishamElaine is responsible for communications and engagement across all media between the organization and its constituencies, and for corporate development strategies. 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.


Nicholas Dickerson AICP, Planning and Policy Analyst

Nick focuses on policy and planning initiatives ranging from research to on-the-ground implementation,focusing on issues including water and natural resources, sustainable infrastructure and ways to develop compact, livable communities. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, he served as the community and natural resource planner for Pike County, Pennsylvania, where he monitored implementation of the county open space plan, provided planning assistance to local municipalities, coordinated the county’s shale gas task force and communicated with print and televised media on planning projects. Recently Nick was selected to participate as a member of the Environmental Leadership Program’s Eastern Regional Fellowship Class of 2014. Email Nick  (ndickersonatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109


Marisa Dietrich, Development and Outreach Associate

Marisa is responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of corporate and individual outreach and fundraising activities. She also helps develop and manage online and print communication support for the organization’s policy, education, and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she worked for Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey as a Girl Scout Leadership Experience program specialist and field executive, where she helped grow girl and adult membership and create program opportunities. Marisa serves on the Rutgers University Board of Trustees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in Urban Affairs from Rutgers University. Email Marisa  (mdietrichatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 302.


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 GravianoPrior 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  (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 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  (mariannejannatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 101.

 

 


Teri Jover PP AICP, Managing Director

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


David Kutner PP AICP, Recovery Planning Manager

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


Steven Nelson AICP, Local Recovery Planning Manager

staff_njf_nelsonAs 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  (snelsonatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 610-233-8118.


Chris Sturm, Senior Director of State Policy

Chris SturmChris 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 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  (csturmatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.


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

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

 

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