Board of Trustees
Brendan T. Byrne
James J. Florio
Thomas H. Kean
Christine Todd Whitman
Peter S. Reinhart Esq., Chairman
Kislak Real Estate Institute
Peter Reinhart joined Monmouth University as director of the Kislak Real Institute in August 2011. He was formerly senior vice president and general counsel at Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. He is a past president of the New Jersey Builders Association. Mr. Reinhart has written articles for several trade publications including Housing New Jersey Dimensions, Tri-State Real Estate Journal and New Jersey Lawyer. He has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Rutgers-Camden School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was instrumental in rewriting the access code used by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Steven D. Weinstein Esq., Vice Chairman
Vice President and General Counsel
Steven D. Weinstein in December of 2012 joined Rowan University as Vice President and General Counsel. He previously worked at the law firm of Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, L.L.C. as a partner where he focused his practice on complex commercial litigation before state, federal and administrative courts; resolution of issues with local and state governmental agencies; and redevelopment and public finance matters. He also serves as special counsel to a number of governmental entities. A former partner at Blank Rome, Mr. Weinstein is certified as a New Jersey State and Federal Mediator. He has additional concentrations in public finance practice, in local and state redevelopment and incentives and in administrative and government relations matters. He served as counsel for Camden County and as legislative aide to Assemblyman James J. Florio. He currently serves on the Haddonfield Board of Education.
Kathleen Ellis, Secretary
Chief Operating Officer
New Jersey Natural Gas
Kathleen Ellis joined New Jersey Resources (NJR) in 2004 and is responsible for the delivery of energy and customer service to residential and business customers. She also oversees the development and implementation of marketing strategy and new business development, long- and short-term communication, regulatory, government relations and environmental policies and strategies, and the development and implementation of all customer and community relations programs. Before joining NJR, Ms. Ellis was director of communications for Gov. James E. McGreevey. She also served as director of government relations and communications for Public Service Electric and Gas. She is president of the Board of Directors for 180 Turning Lives Around, and is a board member of PAM’s List-New Jersey, the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation and the New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners. She also serves on the advisory board of Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., in Asbury Park.
Raymond (Lee) Wasman, Treasurer
Director, New Jersey State Relations
Atlantic City Electric
Raymond (Lee) Wasman is responsible for local government and community relations at Atlantic City Electric, where he was formerly a regional account manager for the company’s Atlantic region. He also served as a manager of public relations and communications for Conectiv’s Mid-Merit Power Plant projects in the mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Wasman currently serves as president of the board of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Foundation, and as a board member of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Ocean County Emergency Management Council, which meets regularly to discuss emergency management policy for the county as well as county emergency preparedness. Mr. Wasman also represents Atlantic City Electric on the New Jersey CleanPower Coalition.
Henry A. Coleman Ph.D.
Professor of Public Policy
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy
Henry Coleman is a professor of public policy at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School’s of Planning and Public Policy. He previously served as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow, which he spent in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also served as a senior economist in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO). His federal government service also included service as the director of Government Finance Research at the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (ACIR). Dr. Coleman served as the executive director of the New Jersey State and Local Expenditure and Revenue Policy (SLERP) Commission. He also served state government as the assistant director of operations and research at the Office of State Planning and as a senior policy adviser in Governor James J. Florio’s Office of Management and Policy.
James G. Gilbert
Managing Director — Investments
Wealth Management Advisor
At Merrill Lynch, James Gilbert is responsible for corporate and government bond underwriting; syndication of equity and fixed-income securities; retail sales; investment management; and wealth management. He currently serves on the boards of New Jersey Planning Officials, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Community Theatre of Morristown and New Jersey Common Cause. He formerly served as chair of the New Jersey State Planning Commission (1986-1995) and was a member of the Joint Advisory Board, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy/The Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University (1992-1998); Ad Hoc Committee to Draft State Planning Act (1984); and Ad Hoc Committee to Draft Fair Housing Act (1984). He was president of the NJ Federation of Planning from 1981 to 1983, and chairman and member of the Englewood Planning Board from 1970 to 1983.
Susan S. Lederman Ph.D.
Professor, Public Administration (retired)
Susan Lederman has been on the faculty at Kean University since 1977. She was the founding executive director of the Gateway Institute for Regional Development and has served as director of Kean’s Master of Public Administration Program. Dr. Lederman is a past president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (1990-1992) and served as the president of the New Jersey League of Women Voters from 1985 to 1989. She chaired the Local Government Expenditure and Finance Task Force of the New Jersey State and Local Expenditure and Revenue Policy Commission (SLERP) from 1985 to 1988 and also was a member of the Local Expenditure Limitations Technical Review Commission. She is co-author of the book, Elections in America: Control and Influence in Democratic Politics. A former president of the Northeastern Political Science Association, she has also served on the Council on New Jersey Affairs, Princeton University; as a commissioner of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC); and as director of the Alliance for Health Reform.
David F. Moore
Executive Director (retired)
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Dave Moore was executive director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation from 1969-1999 and is now serving on the organization’s Board of Trustees. He is also currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and the Delaware River Mill Society. He has served on numerous other nonprofits throughout his career, including the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust, New Jersey Tidelands Resource Council, New Jersey Natural Areas Council, New Jersey Recycling Forum, Council on New Jersey Affairs, the state’s Waterfowl Advisory Committee, Natural Area Council in Washington, D.C. and the Stockton Alliance.
Ingrid W. Reed
New Jersey Future Senior Fellow
New Jersey Project, Eagleton Institute of Politics
Ingrid Reed formerly directed the Eagleton New Jersey Project, an initiative designed to reinforce and expand the contributions of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics to the governance and politics of its home state. She writes columns on New Jersey politics for numerous publications and is frequently interviewed for analysis of New Jersey politics by state, national and international media. Ms. Reed has a wide range of experience in state politics and planning, governance and community affairs. She has served on the New Jersey planning committee for implementing the federal Help America Vote Act; as chair of the Capital City (Trenton) Redevelopment Corp.; as a founder and board member of New Jersey Future; and as a trustee of the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Before joining the Eagleton Institute, she was vice president for public affairs and corporate secretary of The Rockefeller University in New York City, and assistant dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she also directed the Rockefeller Public Service Awards Program.
Brian Trelstad recently joined Bridges Ventures, a leading UK fund manager, as a partner and will be working on impact investments in the US, including a potential fund to invest in high-growth, high-impact businesses located in or serving under-served communities. He was formerly the chief investment officer at Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. Before joining Acumen Fund, Mr. Trelstad spent four years at McKinsey & Company as a consultant in the healthcare and nonprofit practices.
Senior Vice President, Community Development Banking
William Best joined PNC Bank in September 2003 as senior vice president, Northeast Territory Manager, Community Development Banking in its East Brunswick office. He is responsible for the bank’s commitment toward the growth and prosperity of the low-moderate income segments and its communities, including community and economic development corporations, small businesses and women- and minority-owned enterprises in northern and central New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. He came to PNC from his position as executive director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, where he served for six years in three administrations. His 20+ years of experience in banking and business were acquired through an executive banking career during which he developed, managed and supervised lending programs for the impacted communities and major financial services institutions.
Executive Managing Director
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co., LLC
Jay Biggins manages Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company’s national account corporate relationships, advising clients on relocation strategies, managing major projects involving complex multi-jurisdictional competitive strategies (employing non-traditional incentives such as land assemblage and development approvals) and developing innovative incentives structures to facilitate client objectives. He also serves as an adviser to public-sector economic development organizations on incentives strategies. Before founding BLS, Mr. Biggins was senior vice president and CFO of the real estate subsidiary of the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp. He previously served as executive director of New York City’s Office of Economic Development, and later was appointed commissioner of Ports, International Trade & Commerce.
Dorothy P. Bowers
Vice President of Environmental Policy (retired)
Merck & Co.
Dorothy Bowers, a chemical engineer, was vice president of Environmental Policy when she retired from Merck & Co., Inc. at the end of 1999 after 25 years with the company. At Merck, she led the development of the environmental department and initiated public environmental reporting beginning in the early 1990s, which led to the company’s first Sustainability Report. She recently completed a three-year term as chair of the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, the technology/policy advisory council for the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She also continues her pioneering role in the development of environmental management systems.
Anthony J. (Skip) Cimino
President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hamilton
Before becoming president and chief executive officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton, Anthony J. (Skip) Cimino was a member of the board of directors and served as chairman and vice chairman. He also served on the board of directors for RWJ Health System and the Lakeview Child Centers, which are affiliated with the hospital. Prior to joining the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Mr. Cimino was president of CMX, an engineering firm, and was the president of a successful retail business, Cimino Enterprises, Inc. He has served in a number of governmental positions. He served on Gov. James McGreevey’s transition team and is a former state commissioner of personnel. Mr. Cimino also served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1988 to 1992.
Loredana Cromarty is the principal and founder of L&P Strategies, a government relations firm. Prior to founding L&P, Ms. Cromarty served as executive director of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series, a governmental and political leadership training program for New Jersey Republican women. From 1994 to 2002, Ms. Cromarty served as chief of staff and legislative director for then-state Sen. Leonard Lance. She has served on the faculty at Rutgers University Eagleton Institute’s NEW Leadership program and at Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics’ Ready to Run™ Campaign Training for Women. Ms. Cromarty serves on the board of HomeFront, a non-profit agency providing a comprehensive network of services for the poor and homeless in Mercer County. Most recently, she served as vice chair of the board of Summit Speech School, which provides children who are deaf or hard of hearing with educational and therapeutic support services.
Samuel A. Delgado
Vice President, Community and Stakeholder Advocacy
Verizon New Jersey
As vice president of external affairs for Verizon New Jersey, Samuel (Sam) Delgado is responsible for matters related to the company’s external environment including community relations, urban and educational initiatives, public relations, local communications strategies and corporate philanthropy. Mr. Delgado is a retired Marine Corps Reserve combat communications officer with 20 years’ experience, having served during Desert Storm and on the personal staff of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly in the Republic of Haiti. His community affiliations have included past board membership, Aspira Inc. of New Jersey; founding board membership, Robert Treat Academy Charter School; and past board membership, La Casa de Don Pedro in Newark. He is currently a board member of the Newark Museum, the Brick City Economic Development Corp. and the Newark Workforce Investment Board.
Lawrence M. DiVietro Jr.
Land Dimensions Engineering
Mr. DiVietro has 27 years of experience in land use management, site development, design land planning, land surveying and management. He founded Land Dimensions in 1979 and the firm has developed a reputation for designing projects that meet the changing demands of planning and regulatory agencies, as well as accommodating changing social, economic and environmental trends. He is a president of the board of trustees of the Gloucester County YMCA; a member and past president of the board of the Gloucester County College Foundation; a trustee of the Southern New Jersey Development Council; and a trustee of Rowan University. He is a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor and Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey and Certified Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Robert S. Goldsmith Esq.
Partner, Real Estate Department & Chair, Redevelopment Practice Group
Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP
A partner in the firm of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, Robert Goldsmith is a member of the Real Estate Department, chair of the Redevelopment Practice Group and member of the Land Use Practice Group. He has a practice concentration in redevelopment and representing Special Improvement Districts. He also has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and appellate work. Since 1983, Mr. Goldsmith has served as counsel to the Morristown Parking Authority, and serves as counsel to Morristown Partnership, a Special Improvement District established in 1994. He has also served as special counsel to Long Branch, Princeton, Westfield, Millville and Belmar. He is past president of Downtown New Jersey and a member of its Executive Committee. From 1981 through 1985, he served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure and is a former member of the editorial board of New Jersey Lawyer.
Jane M. Kenny
Owner and Managing Partner
The Whitman Strategy Group, LLC
The recipient of numerous national awards for her work in revitalizing cities, Jane Kenny’s experience includes high-level management positions in the private sector and in several complex and diverse government agencies. She served as regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), overseeing the agency’s work in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. She previously served as Commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs, where her initiatives included creating new urban redevelopment programs, encouraging sensible state planning, establishing the nation’s first building rehabilitation code, broadening neighborhood revitalization programs, promoting shared local services to benefit taxpayers and financing a record number of affordable housing units. Ms. Kenny is on the board of directors of New Jersey Resources. She is a Visiting Associate at Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University and was selected by New Jersey Governor-Elect Chris Christie to serve as an advisor on his transition team.
Jack Lettiere Consulting, LLC
Jack Lettiere is the president of Jack Lettiere Consulting, LLC, which was formed in February 2007 to provide diverse management consulting services to transportation owners, operators, developers and builders to meet changing needs of clients. Mr. Lettiere served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) from December 2002 through January 2006. His duties included chairing the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Transit Corporation and the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority. He also served on the boards of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the South Jersey Transportation Authority, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority and the New Jersey Ethics Commission. In 2005, Mr. Lettiere served as president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the nation’s premier organization for setting transportation policy direction and standards.
Baykeeper and Executive Director
Deborah Mans joined the NY/NJ Baykeeper from the Office of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, where she served as the governor’s Environmental and Energy policy adviser. She was also appointed by the governor to serve on the State Planning Commission. Before her service in state government, Ms. Mans was policy director at NY/NJ Baykeeper from 2002 through 2006. As executive director of NY/NJ Baykeeper, she is protector and advocate of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, home to 15 million people, 150 species of fish and shellfish and 330 bird species, with an ecosystem of bays, straits, islands, rivers, salt and freshwater wetlands, mudflats and beaches. In addition to serving on the board of New Jersey Future, she is chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and treasurer of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.
Joseph J. Maraziti Jr. Esq.
Maraziti Falcon & Healey LLP
Joseph Maraziti is a partner in the law firm of Maraziti, Falcon & Healey, LLP, located in Short Hills. He represents both public and private sector clients in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters having local and national significance. Mr. Maraziti served from 1998 to 2002 as chairman of the New Jersey State Planning Commission, which adopted the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in March 2001. In this role, he worked with the governor’s cabinet and local communities to ensure that development and redevelopment in the state enhances the quality of life. He has served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Committee on Environmental Litigation; was the founding chair of the Morris County Bar Association Environmental Law Committee; and is an associate of the Environmental Law Institute. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of “Super Lawyers” of New Jersey.
Director of State Government Affairs
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
Don McCloskey is currently responsible for directing the state legislative agenda for PSEG, as well as building advocacy for the company’s critical public affairs initiatives. He previously held the position of Director – Environmental Strategy and Policy. Mr. McCloskey has been with PSEG for 36 years holding positions of increasing responsibility in electric power production, environmental and governmental affairs. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of policy, legislative and siting strategies for the PSEG operating companies. He is leading the public affairs teams in support of renewable energy and the preservation of competitive electricity markets. Mr. McCloskey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Temple University.
Gualberto (Gil) Medina
Executive Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield
Gualberto (Gil) Medina manages Cushman & Wakefield’s New Jersey operations, providing leadership and direction for the East Rutherford, Parsippany and Edison offices. During his more than 25 years’ experience in private business and public-sector work, Mr. Medina served as the state’s Secretary of Commerce, where he was responsible for planning and implementing business climate and organizational reforms to improve the state’s economy. He was the Whitman administration’s point person in the creation of incentive, finance and regulatory programs that today constitute the state’s core economic growth policies. Mr. Medina’s work, in his various professional capacities, has resulted in incentive benefits totaling more than $1 billion.
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Carleton Montgomery joined the Pinelands Preservation Alliance in May 1998. Prior to coming to PPA, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where he practiced law for 11 years in the area of corporate litigation. With a lifelong interest in the environment and knowledge of the intricacies of litigation, legislation and regulatory practices, Mr. Montgomery joined PPA at an important point in the development of the organization and accepted the challenge to make the Pinelands Preservation Alliance a stronger organization ready to meet the new challenges facing the Pinelands. He is focused on raising PPA’s influence on public policy affecting the state and the region, and broadening public appreciation of the Pinelands.
Pamela H. Mount
Pam Mount owns and manages Terhune Orchards, a 200-acre fruit and vegetable farm, which welcomes more than a half-million visitors each, year. Known for innovative cultivation practices, dwarf fruit trees, drip irrigation, IPM spraying program, small fruit production, greenhouse production and cider processing, Terhune Orchards has a farm market and bakery that are open year round. Terhune Orchards offers pick-your-own apples, peaches, berries, flowers and pumpkins. The orchards host a number of farm festivals each year, in addition to a variety of tours and classes. The farm produce is sold at the Terhune Orchards home farm, at the Trenton Farmer’s Market, local restaurants and the Lawrenceville Country Farm Market. Ms. Mount is a former mayor, deputy mayor and member of the Lawrence Township council.
Wanda I. Saez
Vice President and Senior Community Development Officer
Wanda I. Saez is vice president and senior community development officer for Wells Fargo Bank and has responsibility for the southern New Jersey market. Over the course of her career, Wanda has had affiliations with several financial institutions, including JP Morgan Chase, Summit Bank and PNC Bank. She has held various positions in retail banking and sales management. The last 14 years of her career have been dedicated to community development, economic development and the promotion and teaching of financial education. Wanda has worked to help meet the needs of low- and moderate-income communities both in New York and New Jersey. Wanda has been affiliated with several professional and community groups in various capacities, including the Hispanic Bankers Association – New Jersey Chapter, Latino Leadership Alliance, and Leadership New Jersey (class of 1997). She has served on numerous boards and advisory boards in both New York and New Jersey including La Casa de Don Pedro Federal Credit Union, Aspira of New Jersey, Hispanic Institute, Community Capital Resources, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, Alianza Dominicana, and New Jersey Future.
Steve Santola Esq.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Stephen Santola manages Woodmont Properties’ legal affairs and entitlements; plays a significant role in managing the development division, guiding new business opportunities and formalizing corporate strategy; and manages the company’s government relations and legal insight. Prior to joining Woodmont, Mr. Santola was a partner with the law firm of Lindabury, McCormick & Estabrook, specializing in real estate, land use, zoning and commercial litigation. He has served as both a member of, and attorney for, municipal land use boards, and has represented parties in various application appeals and related litigation. Mr. Santola is a member of the Essex County and American Bar Associations, and is also admitted to practice in New York. He currently serves on the Livingston Town Council and is a former mayor.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Eileen Swan joined the New Jersey Conservation Foundation in September 2012. For the previous five years Ms. Swan was the executive director for the New Jersey Highlands Council. During her tenure the council drafted, adopted and started the successful implementation of the Highlands Regional Master Plan to protect the waters that are relied upon by over 5 million New Jersey residents. Prior to that she was the executive director of the Office of Smart Growth, serving the State Planning Commission. Eileen also brings to her policy work at the Conservation Foundation the perspective of an elected official. As committee woman and mayor in Lebanon Township for six years Eileen led the municipal efforts to preserve open space and farmland. She was the first mayor to partner with the New Jersey Water Supply Authority to preserve lands in the watersheds that supply water to the Spruce Run Reservoir. Eileen served the state as a member of the Highlands Task Force and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, and was co-chair of Gov. Corzine’s environmental transition team. She has also worked with the Conservation Foundation promoting Garden State Greenways, and on land preservation in Bedminster and Tewksbury townships.
Susan Zellman was elected to the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders in November 2000. She has served as chairman of the Stanhope Planning Board and served on the Sussex County Planning Board, where she was founding chairman of the Sussex County Planning Awards. She was instrumental in the formation of the Five County Coalition, which coordinates shared resources and initiatives on transportation, human services and safety issues in the five northwest counties. She currently chairs the Northern New Jersey Transportation Authority (NJTPA) and is a trustee on the Board of TransOptions. Ms. Zellman is executive director of the Housing Partnership, which works with municipalities, organizations and more than 4,000 households a year in meeting their housing needs. A Leadership New Jersey fellow, she has experience in managing a small business and in management development training for a Fortune 500 company. An educator for 10 years, she taught in Stanhope and was an adjunct faculty member at Sussex County Community College.