Former Board of Trustees Leadership
Twenty-five years ago an inspired and diverse group of interested citizens convened the 1987 New Jersey Growth Management Conference, held at Princeton University. The conference not only emphasized the importance of the recently passed State Planning Act, it laid the groundwork for the formation of a new nonprofit organization that would champion state planning and future-oriented land development and preservation decisions. Over the 25 years that New Jersey Future has been in existence, New Jersey has struggled with its role as the most developed state in the nation and wrestled with ways to manage and balance economic growth, environmental preservation and social equity.
Along the way, there have been many local, regional and statewide successes as policymakers worked to fulfill the goals of the State Planning Act and the promise of the first State Development and Redevelopment Plan – to create “communities of place.” These successes are the result of the efforts of individuals in many capacities including many individuals who have served on New Jersey Future’s Board of Trustees:
W. Cary Edwards*
Richard F.X. Johnson
*have passed away.