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Staff and Contact Information


General Contact Information and Directions

New Jersey Future
16 W. Lafayette Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
p: 609-393-0008
f: 609-360-8478
General email  (njfutureatnjfuturedotorg)  

Media Inquiries
Missy Rebovich  (mrebovichatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 118

Events and Sponsorships
Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 107

Website
Loana Mendez-Solano  (lmendezsatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 121

Administrative, Financial, and Other Inquiries
Dorice Hartman  (dhartmanatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 101


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  (lbelskyatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.


Gary Brune, Senior 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.


Brianne Callahan, Stormwater Manager

Brianne Callahan headshot As Stormwater Manager, Bree works to help local governments and utilities create stormwater utilities more affordably and effectively to reduce flooding and improve water quality. She is responsible for creating a web-based resource center, organizing training sessions, and facilitating a peer-to-peer network of local officials. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Bree served as Executive Director and Baykeeper for Massachusetts Baykeeper, and worked as a legal and environmental consultant in both Philadelphia and Boston. Bree earned her JD from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and holds a BA in architecture and environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Email Brianne  (bcallahanatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 120.


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 monthly email 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.


Paula Figueroa-Vega, Program Manager

Paula is the Jersey Water Works Program Manager and oversees its day-to-day operations. Jersey Water Works is a large and growing collaborative focused on transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure. Paula faciliates this diverse statewide network of people who are shifting the culture and thinking around one of the state’s leading policy issues. Paula has directed a number of programs in the non-profit and higher education sectors and has dedicated close to 10 years working on community engagement initiatives at The College of New Jersey. In 2019, Paula cofounded MAPA Collaborative, a management consulting firm. Paula received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Email Paula  (pfigueroaatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext 112.


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.

 


Dorice Hartman, Manager of Finance and Administration

Dorice Hartman
Dorice manages all office administration, including accounting, budgeting, office management, human resources, risk management, and information technology as well as providing board and data management support. Dorice has years of professional accounting and management experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. She holds an M.A. in educational counseling psychology and a B.A. in psychology, both from Rider University. Email Dorice  (dhartmanatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 101.

 


Kelley Heck, Strategic Communications Adviser

Kelley is an integral part of the communications team, bringing decades of strategic communications experience to help develop and implement communications and public relations plans. She has directed communications campaigns and provided strategic guidance for dozens of corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders. Kelley served in high level appointed communications positions for two New Jersey governors and was part of a front office team that successfully led the state through an historic political crisis. She is a speechwriter and writing coach and has taught public speaking at the college level. Kelley holds a master’s in public affairs and politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and was a graduate fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Email Kelley  (kheckatnjfuturedotorg)  .


Kimberley Irby, Policy Analyst

Kimberley provides research and analytical support to various programmatic areas, including the Jersey Water Works data dashboard, lead in drinking water, and combined sewer overflow communities. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Kimberley worked as a Policy Analyst for a research institute that evaluates programs providing bill payment assistance, energy education, and energy efficiency services to low-income households. She has also worked for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, supporting programs within the brownfields office. Kimberley holds an M.S. in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan. Email Kimberley  (kirbyatnjfuturedotorg)  .


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.

 


Loana Mendez-Solano, Communications and Development Coordinator

Loana is an integral part of the communications and development team at New Jersey Future, creating and updating web content, implementing social media strategy and email communications. She designs print and online materials, working with outside designers and printers. She also maintains and monitors NJF websites. Before joining New Jersey Future, Loana worked in the service industry for eight years and interned at Family & Community Services of Somerset County under a social media specialist. Loana holds a B.A in Communication with a minor in Digital Communication, Information & Media and a M.A in Communication with a specialization in Digital Media from Rutgers University. Email Loana  (lmendezsatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 121.


Kandyce Perry, Director of Stormwater

Kandyce2Kandyce directs New Jersey Future’s programs to improve stormwater management, including the Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream, and projects to cultivate the use of stormwater utilities. 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. Kandyce is a graduate of the Environmental Leadership Program and currently participates in the DiverseForce on Boards program at the University of Pennsylvania. Email Kandyce  (kperryatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 108.


Missy Rebovich, Director of Government and Public 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 Planning Manager

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 and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. 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 Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning. Email Chris  (csturmatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.


Andrew Tabas, Policy and Program Coordinator

Andrew coordinates New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. Andrew also coordinates the Green Infrastructure Committee of the Jersey Water Works collaborative. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Andrew investigated the potential of water markets and incentives to help alleviate eastern England’s anticipated supply-demand gap at the University of Oxford – Nature Conservancy Water Partnership. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Email Andrew  (atabasatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.


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.

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