Working for Smart Growth:
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Rebuilding a Resilient New Jersey Shore Speakers

Edward Blakely

Edward Blakely is honorary professor of urban policy at the U.S. Studies Centre, having previously served for two years as executive director – the “recovery czar” – of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Recently, Prof. Blakely has been selected to be a member of the New York State Respond Commission, which will examine the state’s emergency response capabilities, including the planning, training, and resource commitments required for the necessary deployment of people and resources during and after a storm.

One of the world’s leading scholars and practitioners of urban policy, Blakely has been dean of the School of Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California and dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University in New York City. He has also held professorial appointments at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Southern California and the University of Sydney.

Prof. Blakely is author of four books and many scholarly articles, essays and opinion pieces. His publications include Fortress America; Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality in U.S. Cities; Planning Local Economic Development: Theory and Practice; and Rural Communities in Advanced Industrial Society.

Blakely’s has also advised the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, state and federal governments in the United States, Australia, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam.

A Fulbright scholar, Prof. Blakely earned his B.A. at the University of California Riverside, an M.A. in Latin American history at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in education and management at UCLA. 

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Anthony Broccoli Ph.D.

Tony Broccoli is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, where he also serves as Director of the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative. His primary research interest is climate dynamics, especially the simulation of past climates and climate change. He currently serves as chief editor of the Journal of Climate, and he has been a contributor and reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Prior to coming to Rutgers, he spent 21 years at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, one of the premier climate modeling centers in the world. He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Charles Chestnutt ACE

Charley Chesnutt is a coastal engineer at the Institute for Water Resources and has 40 years of experience working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including in the coastal processes branch of the Coastal Engineering Research Center and in both planning and engineering directorates at the Army Corps of Engineers headquarters. Since 1994 he has served as the coastal engineer for the corps headquarters, and has overseen several national coastal-related programs, including the Hurricane Evacuation Studies conducted jointly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service.  He is involved in national coastal engineering issues and serves as advisor to the president of the Coastal Engineering Research Board (CERB).

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Tim Crowley

Tim Crowley is the Region II director of mitigation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He oversees all disaster mitigation efforts, from the development and publication of new flood maps to grants designed to help communities curtail the effects of future disasters. He is an engineer and a lawyer.

Prior to joining Region II, Crowley served as a deputy attorney general and counsel to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the state’s Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. He was also a senior policy advisor to the attorney general and director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness on homeland security issues, with an emphasis on port security. Crowley served over 15 years in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Crowley has served over 29 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, holding the rank of captain, and is currently the deputy chief of staff and senior reserve officer for the Ninth Coast Guard District, which is responsible for the entire Great Lakes Region. He was on active duty from 1980-1990.

After the events of Sept, 11, 2001, Crowley was activated and served in several homeland security positions as a senior liaison, including the Coast Guard Liaison to the Mayor of New York City and New York City Office of Emergency Management; the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon; and most recently as a core member of the U.S. Department of Homeland’s Presidential Transition Team.

Crowley began his civil service as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, followed by a stint in private practice with a law firm in Philadelphia that specialized in admiralty law. Crowley is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY. He received his law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law. He is also a graduate of the DHS/Naval Post Graduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program.

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Rob Freudenberg

Robert Freudenberg oversees the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey office in Princeton, where he coordinates RPA’s New Jersey committee and manages the state program with a focus on sustainability planning and policy. He applies sustainability principles to his project management work, which includes downtown revitalization, transit-oriented development, regenerative design, natural resources stewardship, coastal planning, and parks and recreation initiatives.  Current project work in New Jersey includes developing a regenerative design handbook for the New Jersey Highlands, assisting the City of Newark in achieving energy assurance goals, and producing an arts and revitalization plan for the City of Paterson. Prior to joining RPA, Robert was selected as a NOAA Coastal Management Fellow by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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Jeanne Herb

Jeanne Herb is research program administrator at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University where she is involved in a variety of program areas related to environmental policy and sustainability.  Prior to joining the Bloustein School she was assistant commissioner for policy, planning and science at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. While at NJDEP she oversaw programs related to environmental justice, sustainable development and green design, state planning, environmental health tracking, smart growth, oceans governance and climate change. Jeanne began her career at NJDEP in the mid-1980s,  when she was engaged in the state’s landmark Worker and Community Right to Know and Pollution Prevention acts.  She also spent six years as the manager of the public policy program at Tellus Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit consulting-oriented think tank that focuses on environmental policy, sustainable development, corporate governance and energy planning.  She holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from New York University.

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Peter Kasabach

Peter has been actively engaged in the areas of housing and sustainable development and community revitalization for the past 20 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 & 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 is a licensed New Jersey Professional Planner and holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Lopa Kolluri

In her current role as deputy chief of staff for operations and strategy for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lopa Kolluri is responsible for managing and coordinating HUD’s program and policies in conjunction with the agency’s budgeting, legislative and external affairs divisions.  She also works closely with the White House and executives of other agencies and private organizations to help advance the Obama administration’s goals.  

Prior to joining HUD, Kolluri was the vice president of development for Community Investment Strategies, Inc., a developer of affordable housing based in New Jersey, where she led company efforts to develop special-needs housing and preserve and redevelop major distressed affordable housing projects. 

Kolluri has over 16 years of experience in affordable community and economic development in the private sector and in government.  She previously served as the assistant state treasurer for economic development for the state of New Jersey; as director of housing and community resources for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; and as policy director at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.  Prior to her time in New Jersey Kolluri worked as program officer at the Fannie Mae Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Kolluri received her bachelor’s degree in economics and French from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in development economics from American University. 

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Megan Linkin Ph.D.

Megan Linkin Ph.D. is the atmospheric perils specialist for Swiss Reinsurance America Corporation in Armonk, N.Y. Her primary responsibility is the development of tools and techniques for underwriters and actuaries to use in assessing the insurance risk posed globally by hurricanes, tornadoes, hail and winter storms. She also provides real-time weather forecasts during impending catastrophic events and is one of Swiss Re’s experts on climate change science. She is a regular presenter at the annual meetings of the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union and has manuscripts published in the Journal of Climate and Weatherwise magazine. She is an active member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Dr. Linkin received her M.S. in 2006 and Ph.D. in 2008 in atmospheric and oceanic science from the University of Maryland, where her dissertation focused on “North Pacific Climate Variability and Arctic Sea Ice.” She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2004 with a B.S. in meteorology and a minor in mathematics. 

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Tony MacDonald

Tony MacDonald is currently the director of the Urban Coast Institute (UCI) at Monmouth University and from 1998 through 2005 was the executive director of the Coastal States Organization (CSO). Based in Washington, D.C., CSO represents the interests of the governors of the United States’ 35 coastal states and territories on coastal and ocean policy matters.

Prior to joining CSO, Mr. MacDonald was the special counsel and director of environmental affairs at the American Association of Port Authorities, where he represented the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) at the International Maritime Organization on negotiations on the London Convention. Tony has also practiced law with a private firm in Washington, D.C., working on environmental and legislative issues, and served as the Washington, DC environmental legislative representative for the Mayor of the City of New York.

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Mark N. Mauriello

Mark Mauriello began his career with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in May 1980 when, soon after earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from Middlebury College in Vermont, he accepted a position with the New Jersey Geological Survey. During the 1980s and 1990s he rose through the ranks of the Division of Coastal Resources and the Land Use Regulation Division, and was appointed as division director in 2002. In 2006, Mauriello was selected by then-DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson to be assistant commissioner for land use management. In November 2008 Mauriello was nominated by Gov. Jon S. Corzine to serve as commissioner of the DEP, replacing newly confirmed EPA Administrator Jackson. He served in that capacity from November 2008 until his retirement from DEP in January 2010.

Throughout his 30-year career with the DEP, Mauriello gained extensive experience in land use regulation, coastal processes, natural hazard management and mitigation, shoreline management and protection, floodplain management, stormwater management, natural resource protection, and ecological sustainability. Mauriello has authored or co-authored numerous papers and publications focusing on a wide range of issues affecting New Jersey’s coastline. He is active in the field of floodplain management, founding the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management and serving two terms as regional director of the National Association of State Floodplain Managers. He has served on many committees and working groups, including the USEPA’s Coastal Elevation and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, the DEP’s Global Climate Working Group, the New Jersey Hazard Mitigation Team, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Hurricane Program Task Force.

Upon retiring from DEP in January 2010, Mauriello formed Mark Mauriello Consulting, LLC, specializing in coastal zone management, floodplain management, land use regulation and regulatory compliance. In March, 2010, Mauriello accepted a position as director of environmental affairs and planning with Edgewood Properties of Piscataway, and its affiliate, M&M Realty Partners.

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Brian O’Looney AIA LEED-AP

Brian O’Looney is a design architect, master planner and a partner at Torti Gallas and Partners.  He guides the design for transit-oriented development work and serves as principal-in-charge for a number of the firm’s current walkable urban building and planning projects.

Torti Gallas has undertaken numerous efforts nationally in resilient design in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, including the rebuilding of Desire, in the New Orleans Ninth Ward; master-planning the rebirth of Gautier, Mississippi; the housing for military families at McDill Air Force base in Tampa, Fla., and riverfront planning for both Harrison and  Camden, N.J.

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Peter S. Reinhart Esq.

Peter Reinhart joined Monmouth University as director of the Kislak Real Institute in August 2011. He was formerly senior vice president and general counsel at Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. He is a past president of the New Jersey Builders Association. Mr. Reinhart has written articles for several trade publications including Housing New Jersey Dimensions, Tri-State Real Estate Journal and New Jersey Lawyer. He has lectured for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the New Jersey Builders Association, the National Association of Home Builders, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Rutgers-Camden School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was instrumental in rewriting the access code used by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

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