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NJF Team and Contact Information


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

Media Inquiries
Michael Atkins  (matkinsatnjfuturedotorg)  
609-393-0008 x 106

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

Alyssa Zabinski  (azabinskiatnjfuturedotorg)  
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.

Suzanne Aptman, Community Organizer and Policy Advocate

Suzanne AptmanSuzanne works to ensure the Lead-Free New Jersey and Sewage-Free Streets & Rivers campaigns are centered on the needs and perspectives of directly-affected communities. She is responsible for coordinating local efforts, coalition management, and policy/program implementation. Suzanne has led environmental health, sustainability, and climate mitigation initiatives and campaigns locally and state-wide, and serves as co-chair of her town’s environmental commission. Suzanne holds a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Tufts University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Green Infrastructure Champions Program at Rutgers and the Educating for Sustainability Program with The Cloud Institute. Email Suzanne  (saptmanatnjfuturedotorg)  .

Michael Atkins, Communications Manager

Michael AtkinsMichael oversees external and internal communications for New Jersey Future and coordinates a collaborative approach across the team to raise awareness for the organization’s mission, goals, and successes. Before joining New Jersey Future, Michael advocated for a holistic watershed approach to address environmental inequities in the Los Angeles River watershed and transportation alternatives in LA County. In addition to being an environmental justice advocate, he is an accomplished multimedia producer who has interviewed a broad array of subjects including academics, musicians, historians, active military, elected officials and Indigenous tribal representatives. Michael studied Politics and History at New York University. Email Michael  (matkinsatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.

Cassie Bolinger, Program Associate

Cassie BolingerCassie 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. Cassie’s work also includes scheduling and supporting meetings and events, managing invitation processes, and providing on-site support. She has prior work experience supporting the public sector in the federal government and a consulting firm. Cassie holds a B.A. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University. Email Cassie  (cbolingeratnjfuturedotorg)  .


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)  .

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.


Ron Dukes, Manager of Finance and Administration

Ron Dukes headshot Ron oversees and implements New Jersey Future’s overall financial and administrative operations, including finance, accounting, human resources, risk management, information technology, and business planning. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, he worked as the interim Chief Financial Officer at the Trenton-based organization, Shiloh Community Development Corporation. For a decade, Ron has also worked as a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified information systems auditor (CISA) for public accounting firms, including PwC, and the publicly traded corporation, Verizon. Ron holds an M.A. in Accountancy and Professional Consultancy from Villanova University as well as a M.Div. and M.A. in Christian Education and Formation from Princeton Theological Seminary. Email Ron  (rdukesatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 101.

Patricia Dunkak, Policy and Program Coordinator

Tricia coordinates New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. Tricia also coordinates the Green Infrastructure Committee of the Jersey Water Works collaborative. She previously provided support for activities in development, administration, and communications at NJF. Tricia earned her B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics with a concentration in Sustainable Development 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 manages the team responsible for NJF’s communications, outreach, and development activities. She is responsible for developing and implementing corporate outreach, fundraising, and relationship building activities, including events, for New Jersey Future and working with the program teams on grant management. Her career experience includes several years leading marketing and membership activities for the New Jersey Business & Industry Association. She holds a 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 Manager

Kimberley manages New Jersey Future’s work on policies related to climate change, currently leading an initiative to reduce vehicle miles traveled in the state and facilitating the Climate Resilience Committee within Jersey Water Works. She has also supported other focus areas, such as broadband, Jersey WaterCheck, combined sewer overflows, water workforce, and water affordability. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she evaluated programs providing energy bill assistance and energy efficiency services to low-income households. She is a 2021 graduate of the Environmental Leadership Program and holds a master’s degree in Environment and Sustainability from the University of Michigan. Email Kimberley  (kirbyatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 108. 

Moriah Kinberg, Campaign Advisor

staff_njf_moMo chairs the Clean Water, Healthy Families, Good Jobs campaign, supervises the Community Organizer and Policy Advocate on the Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers campaign, and provides guidance on New Jersey Future’s Lead-Free NJ collaborative. 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.

Hannah Reynolds, Communications Specialist

Hannah works to implement and manage communications plans and strategies for project-specific needs and general programming at New Jersey Future. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Hannah worked in forest management policy in Southeast Alaska and led the Divest Princeton fossil fuel divestment campaign. She graduated in 2022 from Princeton University with a B.A. in Anthropology focused on Law, Politics, and Economics, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Email Hannah  (hreynoldsatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 119.

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 Coordinator

Andrea facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Jersey Water Works collaborative through outreach and communication to the members’ network. She assists with digital and print materials for program-specific events, campaigns, and websites. She previously served as a communications and development assistant for Sustainable Jersey City and worked as a research intern for The Millennium 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.

Sam Siegel, Community Planner

Sam works collaboratively to develop place-based assessments and local strategies in diverse municipalities across the Garden State, advancing policies and practices that promote sustainable, healthy, equitable places. His approach to Smart Growth is centered on a belief that meaningful change begins at the grassroots level, and that planning processes should empower historically excluded groups to shape their communities in their own image. Before joining NJF in 2022, Sam served the state in the Department of Community Affairs as a Program Officer for the Preserve NJ Historic Preservation Fund, and in the Department of Environmental Protection in the State Historic Preservation Office. His professional experience includes developing research at the Philadelphia Commerce Department, leading operations and strategic planning as Executive Director of a Business Improvement District in Northeast Philadelphia, and serving on a dinner cruise boat in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Sam earned a B.A. from New York University and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Email Sam  (ssiegelatnjfuturedotorg)  .

Lindsey Sigmund, PP, AICP, Program Manager

Lindsey manages the New Jersey Future Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure (MGI) program, working to move green stormwater infrastructure practices into common practice. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, she worked on environmental policies and long-range planning efforts as the Environmental Planner for the City of Jersey City. She is a certified professional planner and holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University. Email Lindsey  (lsigmundatnjfuturedotorg)   or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.




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 as she begins her sabbatical, which will run through the end of 2022. In her time at New Jersey Future, Chris has directed the organization’s water programs and policy and led efforts to transform water infrastructure through the adoption of ground-breaking laws, regulations, and hundreds of millions of dollars of funding. Chris and her staff have launched successful collaborations including Jersey Water Works, Lead-Free NJ, Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers, and the Clean Water, Healthy Families and Good Jobs campaign. She directed the organization’s work on green infrastructure, stormwater utilities, and lead in drinking water. She has also achieved innovations in areas including climate resilience; state and regional planning; land preservation; and compact, equitable growth. 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.

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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