Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


New Jersey Future Hires Kelley Heck To Lead Government, Public Affairs

Contact: Peter Kasabach  (pkasabachatnjfuturedotorg)  , Executive Director, 609-393-0008 ext. 104
Communications expert has deep gubernatorial, legislative background


TRENTON, Jan. 3 — New Jersey Future is pleased to welcome Kelley Heck as its director of government and public affairs. In this newly formed executive role, Heck will oversee the organization’s communications, research, and government relations functions, and will work to coordinate and implement the agency’s smart growth state policy agenda.

“I am thrilled to be joining New Jersey Future,” said Ms. Heck. “I am passionate about the work that the organization is doing to make our cities and towns more livable and resilient, and I look forward to working with Governor-elect Murphy’s team and state policymakers in making real progress on smart growth initiatives during the new legislative session.”

“The director of government and public affairs will play a critical role in connecting the important work at New Jersey Future with state policymakers who can use this work to implement smart growth initiatives, as well as with the residents these initiatives ultimately serve,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director at New Jersey Future. “Kelley has a background in strategic communications at the highest levels of state government and is the perfect person for this role.”

Ms. Heck formerly served as spokeswoman and communications manager for Gov. Richard Codey and was a member of the governor’s front office, as well as deputy communications director for the Senate Majority Office and vice president for communications at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. She holds a Master’s in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Graduate Fellow and Raimondo Fellow and is an adjunct professor of speech communication.

High-res photo of Kelley Heck

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About New Jersey Future

Founded in 1987, New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods and fuel a strong economy. The organization does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on technical assistance. New Jersey Future serves as the backbone staff for the Jersey Water Works collaborative.

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