Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


NJF Team 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  (adminatnjfuturedotorg)  

Media Inquiries
Michele Glassburg  (mglassburgatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 107

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

Website  (commsatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 121

Administrative, Financial, and Other Inquiries  (adminatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 101

Peter Kasabach, Executive Director

Pete is the executive director of New Jersey Future, a nonprofit statewide policy and practice organization that advocates for strong, healthy, and resilient communities for everyone. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Pete served as the chief of policy for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, and prior to that led all planning and real estate programs at the Trenton-based community development organization Isles. Pete lives and works in Trenton and has been actively engaged in the areas of planning, community redevelopment, finance, and housing for over 30 years. He is a licensed New Jersey Professional Planner and 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 Advisor

Gary BruneGary Brune provides expert support to the organization’s work on lead in drinking water 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.

Shaquille Bulhi, Community Planning Associate

Shaquille BulhiShaquille Bulhi works within the community planning program to help municipalities achieve smart growth outcomes. He describes himself as an emerging BIPOC placemaking professional with a passion for inclusive urban design solutions, interactive community outreach, and active transportation options. Serving oppressed peoples plays a vital role in Shaquille’s life, and he plans to better the lives of disenfranchised groups in his city-building initiatives. With his recent experience as a graduate research assistant at The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, he has compiled design research to aid in the redevelopment of Fink Park in Perth Amboy, NJ. Shaquille has also assisted with interactive community meetings that enhanced active transportation modes to walk and bicycle within Toronto’s redeveloping Port Lands area. Shaquille has a B.A. in public administration and governance from Ryerson University and is currently on track to obtain a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Email Shaquille  (sbulhiatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008.

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.

Deandrah Cameron, Policy Manager

Deandrah develops and advances state policies that affect health, water infrastructure, and redevelopment, with a primary focus on lead in drinking water. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Deandrah worked as a case investigator at the Monmouth County Health Department to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Deandrah holds a B.S. in Public Health from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, as well as a Master of Public Health focused on Health Systems and Policy with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Nutrition from the Rutgers School of Public Health. Email Deandrah  (dcameronatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 122.


Patricia Dunkak, Development and Outreach Coordinator

Patricia provides support for activities in development, administration, and communications. She assists with fundraising and outreach for New Jersey Future events and programs. She has previously interned and volunteered with nonprofits focused on environmental issues and community development. Patricia earned her B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics with a concentration in Sustainable Development and minors in Economics and Energy and Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware. Email Patricia  (pdunkakatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 118. 



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.


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)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 108. 

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.

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.

Andrea Sapal, Program Associate

Andrea provides administrative and communications support to New Jersey Future’s programs for improving water quality and infrastructure. She assists with digital and print materials for program-specific events, campaigns, and websites. Andrea’s work also includes scheduling and supporting meetings and events, managing invitation processes, and providing on-site support. She previously served as a communications and development assistant for Sustainable Jersey City and worked as a research intern for The Millenium Project. Andrea holds a B.S. in international business from LIM College New York. Email Andrea  (asapalatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 113.

Diane Schrauth, Policy Director

Diane manages program staff responsible for New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, stormwater utilities, lead in drinking water policy, and general water policy. Diane plays a leadership role in policy development and advocacy, provides technical assistance, and works to advance program goals. She has over 20 years of experience in water and sustainability issues. In addition to her work as a consultant for organizations and agencies focused on water resources and sustainable development, Diane also served as a program officer at the William Penn Foundation. She holds a B.A. in anthropology and geology from Vanderbilt University, as well as a Master of Regional Planning with a concentration in land use and environmental planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Email Diane  (dschrauthatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 110.

Heather Sorge, Program Manager, Lead-Free NJ

Heather is the Lead-Free NJ program manager and oversees its day-to-day operations. Lead-Free NJ is a new inclusive and equitable collaborative focused on addressing lead hazards and preventing childhood lead poisoning. Heather’s work is centered on facilitating a diverse statewide network that hopes to ultimately ensure the eradication of childhood lead poisoning in New Jersey within 10 years. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Heather was the organizer for Healthy Schools Now with the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC), a coalition of over 80 organizations representing a diverse set of stakeholders dedicated to ensuring all New Jersey children and school employees learn and work in safe, healthy, modernized school buildings. Heather graduated from Churchman Business School with a degree in Accounting Finance. Email Heather  (hsorgeatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 116.

Chris Sturm, Senior Advisor

Chris has transitioned into an advisory role at New Jersey Future after directing the organization’s water programs and policy. She will be on sabbatical during the second half of 2022. Her work has focused 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 is a 2020 graduate of the Environmental Leadership Program and 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.

Alyssa Zabinski, Digital Communications Coordinator

Alyssa coordinates and provides digital communications support to the New Jersey Future team. She assists with social media strategy, digital and print designs, website maintenance, and events. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Alyssa gained experience in communications, campaigns, and events while working with environmental nonprofits focused on conservation and sustainability. She earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in biology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Email Alyssa  (azabinskiatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 121.



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