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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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Affordable Housing: Tim Evans
Calendar Items: Emily Eckart
Coastal Resilience: Tanya Rohrbach
Communications: Missy Rebovich
Development: Michele Glassburg
Directions: Marianne Jann
Energy and Climate Change: Chris Sturm, Tanya Rohrbach
Event Cancellations: Marianne Jann
Event Sponsorships: Michele Glassburg
Events: Marianne Jann
Government/Public Affairs: Missy Rebovich
General Inquiries: Marianne Jann
General Policy Issues: Peter Kasabach
Green Infrastructure: Louise Wilson
Highlands: Chris Sturm
Jersey Water Works: Ed DiFiglia

Local Redevelopment: Tanya Rohrbach
Media: Missy Rebovich
Membership: Michele Glassburg
Open Space and Farmland: Chris Sturm
Pinelands: Chris Sturm
Places To Age: Tim Evans, Tanya Rohrbach
Redevelopment: Peter Kasabach
Regional Planning: Chris Sturm
Research: Tim Evans
Resilience: Tanya Rohrbach
Smart Growth Awards: Michele Glassburg
State Planning: Missy Rebovich
Tax Policy: Tim Evans
Transfer of Development Rights: Chris Sturm
Transportation: Peter Kasabach
Website: Emily Eckart

Peter Kasabach, Executive Director

Peter has been actively engaged in the areas of housing and sustainable development and community revitalization for the past 25 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 and 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 Belsky, Program Coordinator

Lauren Belsky headshotLauren facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Jersey Water Works collaborative through outreach and communication to the members network. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Lauren worked as a Programming Associate at America’s Grow-A-Row, a non-profit farm that fights food insecurity by donating over 9 million pounds of produce annually throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She also has experience as a Programs and Outreach Intern at the New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation, a non-profit focused on environmental education and local environmental issues. Lauren holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Email Lauren  (lbekslyatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.

Gary Brune, Policy Manager

Gary BruneGary Brune’s primary focus areas at New Jersey Future are stormwater utilities and lead in drinking water, with ancillary work on energy issues and water financing policy. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Gary was the chief financial officer at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He also served as the executive director of the Transportation Trust Fund, developing policy options for program reauthorization. Prior to DOT, Gary worked at the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget, rising to the position of associate director. At OMB, he was responsible for developing budget recommendations for transportation, environmental protection, and capital/infrastructure, among other areas. During this time, Gary also served on the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning. Gary received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dayton in Ohio and Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. Email Gary  (gbruneatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 119.

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, Manager of Communications and Development

Peter KasabachEmily manages New Jersey Future’s social media accounts, website, newsletter, and other communications. She helps plan events and provides development support. Prior to joining the organization, she coordinated course materials for Harvard Kennedy School’s degree and executive education programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in music from Harvard University and a master’s degree in sustainability from Harvard University Extension School. Email Emily  (eeckartatnjfuturedotorg)   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.


Tiffany High, Administrative Assistant

Tiffany serves as an administrator, providing general support to the New Jersey Future staff on a multitude of projects. She has a personal interest and passion for social justice and equity work, as demonstrated though her position as communications associate for a nonprofit in New York working to build the capacity of educational leaders to confront inequities. Tiffany has also previously worked as director of health equity initiatives for a New Jersey nonprofit. She holds a B.A. in communication from California State University, East Bay. Email Tiffany  (thighatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext 110.


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



Moriah Kinberg, Community Outreach Manager

staff_njf_moMo 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.

David Kutner PP AICP, Senior Adviser

David contributes his years of land use and natural hazard resiliency planning experience as a senior adviser to the organization, including supporting existing staff and participating in select projects. Prior to adopting this part-time status, David managed New Jersey Future’s land use planning work, emphasizing initiatives to create healthy, active communities for all ages. He worked with municipalities statewide to introduce them to the relationship between the built environment and health. He has also worked extensively with coastal communities vulnerable to sea level rise. He also managed New Jersey Future’s Local Recovery Planning Manager program, providing ongoing and direct assistance to municipalities rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. In addition to helping communities recover from extensive storm damage, his work encouraged them to consider the implications of projected sea-level rise. 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 has held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

Julia McBride, Program Assistant

Julia provides administrative and communications support to New Jersey Future’s programs for improving water quality and infrastructure. She assists several of the organization’s programmatic areas, projects, and tasks. She previously served as support staff to a congressional campaign and worked with the Madison Environmental Commission. Julia holds a B.A. in global studies with a focus on globalization and sustainable development and a minor in environmental studies from Loyola University Maryland. Email Julia  (jmcbrideatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 110.

Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Manager

Kandyce2Kandyce manages New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, which assists communities, developers, and design professionals in using green stormwater infrastructure. Kandyce also coordinates the Green Infrastructure Committee of the Jersey Water Works collaborative, which is working to upgrade New Jersey’s water infrastructure with cost-effective, sustainable solutions, and she coordinates the City of Trenton’s Municipal Action Team for community engagement and outreach on green 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.

Missy Rebovich, Director of Communications and Government Affairs

missyMissy oversees the organization’s government relations, communications, and research to implement the agency’s smart-growth state policy agenda. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she managed communications for New Jersey Community Capital, a nonprofit community development lender. She has also worked in community engagement at New Jersey’s largest local news website, and public relations at a major public transportation and economic development agency. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Rider University. Email Missy  (mrebovichatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 118.


Tanya Rohrbach, Community Planner

Tanya uses her experience ensuring accuracy and targeted approaches to land-use initiatives to help communities implement smart planning policies and practices that foster resilient and vibrant places for all community members. Her main focus areas include climate change adaptation and aging-friendly neighborhoods. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she was a senior planner in the Somerset County Planning Division, where she managed the division’s GIS initiatives, supervised GIS staff and assisted with development of regional plans and policies. She was responsible for data analyses to perform regional wastewater planning, flood risk research, and transportation assessments, and to provide local technical assistance. Tanya also has experience working at New Jersey land trusts, where she identified and prioritized lands for preservation at local and regional scales. Tanya is also an adjunct associate professor at Raritan Valley Community College, teaching courses in geography and environmental issues.She holds a master of science degree in Geography and a B.A. in Biology, both from Rutgers University. Email Tanya  (trohrbachatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 105.

Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water

Chris directs the organization’s water programs and policy. Her work focuses on efforts to upgrade water infrastructure to support healthy, just and prosperous communities, and includes facilitating the Jersey Water Works collaborative and managing the organization’s work on green infrastructure, water financing, and community organizing. She has built successful teams and collaborations to accomplish legislative, regulatory and programmatic innovations in areas including climate resilience, state and regional planning, land preservation, and compact, equitable growth. She 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. 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.

Jyoti Venketraman,
Program Manager

As Program Manager, Jyoti helps the Jersey Water Works Collaborative create data metrics to improve water infrastructure. She formerly worked at another statewide nonprofit managing a diverse portfolio of projects. She has experience in program evaluation, policy research, and public health through a decade-long career in social justice issues of health and equity. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a post- graduate degree in Health Management, and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from India. Email Jyoti  (jvenketramanatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 117.

Louise Currey Wilson, Director, Green Infrastructure

LWilsonLouise Wilson leads New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. She is a former mayor and committeewoman in Montgomery Township, and a former member of the New Jersey State Planning Commission. She has served as an officer of the League of Municipalities Executive Board and as president of the League’s Educational Foundation, where she continues to serve as a trustee. Louise is a member of her local planning board and master plan committee, and a trustee for a statewide land preservation and conservation policy organization. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. Email Louise  (lwilsonatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.

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