Bill Baroni, Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Bill Baroni was appointed to the role of Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in March 2010 by Governor Christie. In his role, Bill is responsible for managing the Port Authority’s various transportation assets including five airports, six Hudson River crossings, the PATH transit system and the largest seaport on the East Coast. He works to ensure that the New Jersey/New York region remains a powerful engine to create jobs, drive economic activity and keep people and goods moving efficiently and safely. Prior to assuming his Port Authority post, Mr. Baroni represented portions of Mercer and Middlesex Counties as a New Jersey State Senator. Mr. Baroni served as Chairman of the Board of Mercer County Community College, and he has also held positions on the Hamilton Township Planning Board and the foundation boards of The College of New Jersey, the Hamilton YMCA, the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, La Boheme Opera and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Baroni holds a bachelor of arts from George Washington University, where he majored in history. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Staci Berger, Executive Director, Housing and Community Development Network

Staci Berger recently took the helm of the Housing and Community Development Network. She is responsible for leading the community development policy staff team, including working with the Policy Coordinator and field organizers, to broaden and mobilize support for the Network’s public policy agenda. In addition, Ms. Berger is working to further develop, enhance, and strengthen the Network’s “Advocacy-Team” (A-Team) concept. Prior to joining the Network, Ms. Berger worked for nine years with New Jersey Citizen Action where she went from being an organizer to the Political and Legislative Director. As the Political and Legislative Director, she devised and implemented political, legislative, and electoral strategy for the state’s largest non-profit, non-partisan independent watchdog coalition. Ms. Berger has served as an associate trainer for the Midwest Academy, a leading national training institute for the progressive movement, and worked as a labor organizer with the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO. She received her Masters in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University.

Marybeth Brenner, Chief of Staff, NJ Board of Public Utilities

Marybeth Brenner was appointed to the position of Chief of Staff of the NJ Board of Public Utilities in July of 2012. In this capacity she oversees the day-to-day operations of the BPU in addition to having direct oversight of 5 divisions. Prior to assuming this role she was the Director of the BPU’s Division of Economic Development and Energy Policy. This Division includes the Office of Clean Energy, The Office of the Business Ombudsman and the State Energy Office.
Prior to joining BPU, Marybeth spent over 20 years at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection working in the Commissioner’s office as head of Constituent Serves as well as in various divisions and programs. She has a B.S. Degree in Human Ecology from Cook College, Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Michele A. Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority

Ms. Brown joined the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) in October 2012. The EDA is a State agency that serves as New Jersey’s bank by financing small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs. Ms. Brown most recently served as Appointments Counsel to Governor Chris Christie, where she provided strategic and legal guidance to the Governor. In this capacity, Ms. Brown was responsible for identifying, recruiting and vetting Cabinet officials, senior executive candidates, judicial and prosecutorial nominees, and volunteer board, commission and authority members. Ms. Brown has an extensive background practicing law, serving 18 years at the United States Attorney’s Office, New Jersey district, specializing in white collar prosecutions that included corporate fraud, bank fraud and tax and money laundering offenses. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Ms. Brown received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Drew University.

Richard Burrow, P.E., LEED AP, Principal, Langan Engineering

Mr. Burrow has 20 years of experience in site/civil engineering. Since joining Langan, he has been involved on more than 200 site design projects in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky. Mr. Burrow’s focus has been on warehouse distribution projects and he has performed complex flood analysis on many of these projects to obtain Stream Encroachment and Flood Hazard Permits for his clients. Mr. Burrow is an expert in helping clients determine the implications of Advisory Base Flood Elevations for their properties. He is experienced in the development of projects from the early feasibility planning stages, through design and permitting, and through construction. Key aspects of this coordination include an understanding and identification of critical development issues early in the planning process. Mr. Burrow has provided expert engineering testimony for over 15 million square feet of warehouse distribution development and other project types in front of Town and County planning boards. Mr. Burrow attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland, with a Bachelor of Engineering: Civil Engineering.

Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP, Executive  Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers

Mr. Carnegie has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of land use and transportation planning and policy at the municipal, county and regional level. He has been or currently serves as the principal investigator for a variety of research and planning projects involving a range of transportation policy topics.. Mr. Carnegie is also the Project Director for Together North Jersey, a recently awarded HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant led by the Rutgers-Bloustein School. For this three-year regional planning initiative Together North Jersey will prepare a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for 13 north Jersey counties. The Plan will be both “place-based” and “issue-based” and use sustainability, transit system connectivity and Transit-Oriented Development as a central framework for integrating plans, regulations, investments, and incentive programs at all levels of government to improve economic and environmental conditions, while promoting resource efficiency, community resiliency and regional equity. Mr. Carnegie is also an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey

William Cesanek, AICP, CDM Smith

Mr. Cesanek is an environmental and city planner with over 30 years of experience leading infrastructure and watershed planning projects, EIS compliance, and information technology/GIS applications. He is CDM’s Discipline Leader for Integrated Urban Planning, and is a lead technical advisor to CDM’s Neysadurai Centre for Integrated Water Resources and Urban Planning in Singapore.

Suzanne Chiavari, P.E., Vice President of Engineering for New Jersey American Water

Suzanne Chiavari is, Vice President of Engineering for New Jersey American Water, the state’s largest water utility. In this role, Ms. Chiavari and her team are responsible for the planning, design and construction of water/wastewater system improvements. This work also includes integrated water resource management, asset management, community outreach, the rate making process and event management. A registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Ms. Chiavari also is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association and the Society of Women Engineers. She serves on the board for Junior Achievement of New Jersey – South Jersey, Drexel University’s President’s Council on Energy and the Environment, and the New Jersey Alliance for Action. Ms. Chiavari was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a Woman of Distinction 2012; by South Jersey Biz as one of 25 Women to Watch of 2013, and by Drexel University College of Engineering in the Alumni Circle of Distinction in 2012. Ms. Chiavari holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an M.S. in environmental engineering from Drexel University

Richard Constable, III, Esq, Commissioner, Department of Community Affairs

Governor Chris Christie nominated Richard E. Constable III, Esq. in November 2011 to lead the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. The Department has assumed a key role in helping local governments to reduce property taxes, improve their operations through best practices, and advance sensible affordable housing development. The DCA has also taken the lead, along with the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, in providing Superstorm Sandy-displaced families with temporary and permanent housing options. Additionally, the Department will administer the federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds that are ultimately allocated to New Jersey to assist homeowners, renters, small businesses and local governments in their Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts. Prior to joining the DCA in January 2012, Commissioner Constable managed the day-to-day operations at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as Deputy Commissioner. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. Commissioner Constable graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan. Mr. Constable earned both his law degree and Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.

David M. Delvecchio, Mayor, Lambertville, NJ

Mr. DelVecchio is in the beginning of his eighth term as Mayor of the City of Lambertville. His accomplishments are many and include the implementation of preservation of the historical integrity of buildings in the central business district, development of an innovative traffic calming plan, revitalization of abandoned factories for new businesses and the creation of a redevelopment area in the City of Lambertville. He has served as President of the New Jersey League of Municipalities and as Chairman of the Delaware River Canal Commission. David serves the community in several ways; through his membership on Planning Board, the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee, and is the past President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. He is the Director of Business Development for Jingoli and Sons, Inc. David previously served in state government as a Senior Executive for Economic Development and as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Lisa C. Dickson, PG, Vice President, Sustainability, Kleinfelder

Ms. Dickson has more than 15 years of experience managing complex, multi-disciplinary projects. She has expertise in regulations and financial markets related to carbon and renewable energy, and more recently risk assessment as it relates to sustainability and climate change. She was a contributor to the World Resource Institute’s 2010 Public Sector GHG Protocol, and aided in the development of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) project rating system. In 2010, she was invited to Shanghai to comment on China’s 12th 5-Year Plan and present on the use of carbon markets to drive investment within the transportation sector. Her academic training includes modeling large-scale environmental perturbations though deep time and using those trends to predict the extent and relative timing of community disruptions in the future. Currently, she is managing several climate change projects including work for the City of Cambridge, MA, the Army National Guard and several South Shore municipalities. She is also meeting with Pentagon staff to discuss how the climate security work performed for the National Guard might inform current planning efforts for the Navy.

Caren S. Franzini, Franzini Consulting, LLC

Ms. Franzini is President of Franzini Consulting, LLC. Previously she served as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) from January 1994 until October 2012. The EDA is a State agency that serves as New Jersey’s “bank for business” by financing small and mid-sized businesses, administering tax incentives to retain and grow jobs, revitalizing communities through redevelopment initiatives, and supporting entrepreneurial development by providing access to training and mentoring programs. Prior to joining the Authority, Ms. Franzini was an Assistant State Treasurer with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury. Before that, she was employed in the Finance Division of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and with Public Financial Management. Ms. Franzini currently serves on the Board of Directors of LeadNJ; NJ Alliance for Action; and is a member of Facing Our Future’s Leadership Group. Ms. Franzini holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Public Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Bishop John R. Gandy, Building ONE NJ and Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center Church

Bishop John R. Gandy is the Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Worship Center Church, a growing and progressive ministry, located in Egg Harbor City, NJ. Past and current civic involvements include: Mullica Township Board of Education (1987-1989), Mullica Township Planning Board (1989-1990), Atlantic County Democratic Committeeman (1990-1998, 2007-present), Atlantic Cape Community College, Minority Affairs Advisory Board Member (2002-2011), Executive Board Member, Intl. Bible Way Church, Inc. (2004-present), Secretary, Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City & Vicinity (2010-2012), Egg Harbor City Redevelopment Mayors Advisory Committee Member (2006-present), Board of Directors, Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America (2006-present), appointed the first Chaplain for the newly formed New Jersey State Park Police (2008-2011), Sykes Foundation Advisory Board Member (2012-present); and current President of Building One New Jersey (formerly NJ Regional Coalition). Bishop Gandy has received many awards and was recognized for his community service by the United States Congress, New Jersey State Assembly, Atlantic County Freeholders, Atlantic County Mayor, Mayor of Pleasantville and Mayor of Egg Harbor City and its city council. John R. Gandy earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Garden State Bible School and a Masters of Ministry (M. Min) from United Theological Seminary.

James J. Gerace, Head of Government and External Affairs – New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey Region at Verizon Communications Inc.

Mr. Gerace is responsible for Verizon’s corporate interests-including public policy, government and external affairs, regulatory matters, and philanthropy-in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. He has been Vice President, Corporate Communications of Verizon Wireless Capital LLC since April 2000. Mr. Gerace served as the President of Verizon’s New York Region at Cellco Partnership, Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. since April 2010. Mr. Gerace served as Vice President of Corporate Communications of Cellco Partnership Inc. since 2000 and served as its Chief Media Spokesman. Mr. Gerace served as Vice President, Public Relations of Bell Atlantic Mobile from July 1995 to April 2000 and also served as a Member of its Senior staff of the new business. In 2000, he directed the communications for the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and AirTouch that launched Verizon Wireless brand. He has been Vice Chair of Business Council of New York State Inc. since January 2013, and serves as a Director of Wireless Foundation. Mr. Gerace received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

David R. Godschalk, Ph.D., FAICP, University of North Carolina, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus

David R. Godschalk is a city and regional planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. His research and publications span three planning fields: 1) Growth Management and Land Use Planning, 2) Hazard Mitigation and Coastal Management, and 3) Dispute Resolution and Public Participation. He is a consultant to state and local governments on growth management, coastal management, and hazard mitigation. Dr. Godschalk is Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a former Adjunct Professor in the real estate curriculum at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC, where he taught an MBA course on site planning and design. His co-authored books include: Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press, 2006); Natural Hazard Mitigation: Recasting Disaster Policy and Planning (Island Press, 1999); Pulling Together: A Planning and Development Consensus Building Manual (Urban Land Institute, 1994); Catastrophic Coastal Storms: Hazard Mitigation and Development Management (Duke University Press, 1989). He holds degrees from Dartmouth College, University of Florida, and University of North Carolina.

Anthony J. Kuczinski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Chairman of HSB Group, Inc., and Chairman of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.

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Tony Kuczinski has overall responsibility for Munich Re’s property and casualty reinsurance and specialty insurance businesses in the U.S. He is also a board member of Munich Re America Corporation and several of the related corporations.

He has over 28 years of industry experience that includes wide-ranging leadership and management experience within the United States with exposure to both domestic and international operations, insurance and reinsurance, and small and large organizations.

Tony has held various other positions during his 20+ years with Munich Re, which include:
• Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Munich-American Risk Partners
• Vice President and Team Leader for Am Re Consultants
• Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for International Operations and Treasurer for Munich Reinsurance America

Prior to joining Munich Re, he was Chief Operating Officer of New York Marine and General Insurance Group, prior to this; he worked for the international public accounting and consulting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Tony is a board and executive committee member of the American Institute of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, the Reinsurance Association of America, and the St. John’s University School of Risk Management Advisory Board. He is also a board member of Munich Re America Corporation and several of the related companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program in conjunction with the AICPCU and the Wharton School. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University.

Ralph LaRossa, President and Chief Operating Officer, PSE&G

Ralph A. LaRossa was named president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), in October 2006. Prior to this position he was vice president – electric delivery for PSE&G. Mr. LaRossa joined PSE&G in 1985 as an associate engineer and advanced through a variety of management positions in the utility’s gas and electric operations. In 1998 he received Gas Industry Magazine’s Outstanding Manager of the Year Award. PSE&G is New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility. Mr. LaRossa serves on the board of directors for the American Gas Association (AGA), New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA), New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ, Choose New Jersey, and Bergen County’s United Way. He also serves on the board of trustees for Montclair State University and the Newark Alliance. He is a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology and has completed the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

Marilyn Lennon, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Marilyn Lennon joined NJDEP in 2010 as the Assistant Commissioner for Land Use Management. In this role, her delegated authority encompasses:
– The Division of Land Use Regulation, and all of its land use permits including CAFRA, Waterfront Development, Coastal and Freshwater Wetlands, and Flood Hazard permitting;
– The Division of Bureau of Tidelands and the administration of the riparian program;
– The Division of Land Use Planning with is tasked with the administration of the Water Quality Management Program; Highlands Permitting and Coastal Zone Management Planning; and
– The Division of Land Use Policy Implementation, which is tasked with consideration of all land use rules and regulations, including current revisions to the Coastal Zone Management and Flood Hazard rules.

AC Lennon is a member of the Executive Steering Committee tasked with the consideration of a new State Strategic Plan for the NJ’s vision of growth, redevelopment and conservation. AC Lennon previously served for two terms as a Commissioner of the NJ State Planning Commission. Prior to joining State Government, AC Lennon was a Corporate Senior Vice President with KeySpan Corporation. She also served as a Senior Vice President with the engineering firm of PS&S, and was in charge of its Environmental division. She is a licensed NJ Professional Planner.

Anthony L. Marchetta, Executive Director of The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency

Anthony L. Marchetta became the Executive Director of The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency on September 1, 2010. Mr. Marchetta has over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector. Most recently, he was Vice President of LCOR Inc., where he developed multifamily and mixed use projects within the Mid-Atlantic region.
As an executive at LCOR, he managed the development of Gaslight Commons, a 200-unit luxury rental project in the “Transit Village” of South Orange, NJ. Mr. Marchetta has also worked for Matrix Development Group and Baker Residential Inc. where he managed teams of attorneys, engineers, architects, environmentalists, and planners seeking approvals for both residential and commercial developments. He has 13 years of public sector service, including 10 years serving as Executive Director of the Middlesex County Department of Housing and Community Development. Governor Whitman appointed Mr. Marchetta to serve on the New Jersey State Planning Commission in 1998. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, and also holds a Master of City and Regional Planning and a Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Bob Martin, Commissioner NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Demonstrating his commitment to building a strong, experienced team, Governor Chris Christie named Bob Martin to serve as Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Commissioner Martin assisted Governor Christie in shaping the Administration’s energy and environmental policies. During the transition period, he worked with then Lieutenant Governor-elect Kim Guadagno on the Red Tape Review Commission and chaired the energy and utilities Transition Team. Commissioner Martin has worked to transform the DEP into a more efficient and customer service-oriented agency, in order to more effectively protect New Jersey’s air, land, water and natural resources while making a positive contribution to the State’s economy.

In 2008 Commissioner Martin retired as a partner with over 25 years of experience at Accenture LLP, the world’s largest business and technology consulting firm. He has worked with large utility and energy companies in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and throughout Europe. Commissioner Martin earned a bachelor of arts in Economics and Sociology from Boston College in 1979 and an MBA from The George Washington University in 1982.

Thomas J. Massaro, Vice President of Marketing and Business Intelligence

Mr. Massaro is currently responsible for the marketing function at NJNG since 2007. Prior to his current role he served as Treasurer of New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG). Since joining the company in June 1989 as a Management Engineer,he has held several positions in marketing, operations and customer service including Vice President of Corporate Strategy from June 2005 to September 2007 and President of NJR Home Services (NJRHS) from November 2004 to June 2005. He serves on the Board of Directors of PlanSmartNJ and is a member of the American Gas Association (AGA) Communications and Marketing committees. Along with his participation in AGA Strategic and Visionary sessions, he is past chair of the AGA Growth Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Energy Solutions Center. Mr. Massaro attended Drexel University, receiving a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in June 1989.

Tom McCloskey, Esq., Fox Rothschild

Tom’s practice involves a broad range of complex commercial litigation as well as business and real estate matters with an emphasis on: arbitrations and alternate dispute resolution, building/construction, COAH approvals and exclusionary zoning litigation, commercial and residential real estate development, disaster recovery and rebuilding/consultation services, insurance coverage litigation, land use matters, mortgage and land financing, planning, planned real estate and condominium development, zoningTom’s professional accomplishments include: Included in a list of Top-Rated Lawyers in Land Use and Zoning by Martindale-Hubbell (2013); Included in a list of “New Jersey’s Top Rated Lawyers” by Inside Jersey Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger for his practices in Business and Commercial Law and Zoning and Land Use (August 2012); Numerous published decisions to his credit from the appellate courts of New Jersey; Serving as lead counsel and special litigation counsel to major New Jersey and national builder/developers; Serving as consultant, lead counsel, and special litigation counsel to several out-of-state builder/developers in the prosecution, defense, and successful settlement of defective fire-retardant treated (FRT) plywood roof sheathing claims, both statewide and nationwide.

Included in a list of Top-Rated Lawyers in Land Use and Zoning by Martindale-Hubbell (2013) and is a Recipient of the 2001 Walter T. Wittman Award for Legal Writing from the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys for article entitled, “Public Bidding Alert: Beware of the Trip-Wires in New Jersey’s New PWCR Act,” published in the New Jersey Municipal Law Review, Vol. 24, Number2, June 2001.

John Miller, Legislative Committee Chair for the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM)

Mr. Miller has been with the NJAFM since 2007 and is a Past Chair and a founder of this Chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). As Legislative Committee Chair, he has worked to increase the profile of the organization, developed trusting relationships with federal, state, local officials and non-profits and represented NJAFM on public positions, most recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Serving on the Board of ASFPM as a Regional Director between 2006-2009, he has continued his involvement with ASFPM staff and leadership on national policy and representation on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. Governor Richard Codey appointed Mr. Miller to a Task Force to address the substantial flood events impacting the Delaware River region in 2004-2006. In 2010, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin selected Mr. Miller to serve on the Passaic River Basin Flood Commission reporting to Governor Chris Christie recommending a multipronged approach to a historically flood prone and densely developed watershed. Mr. Miller serves on the City of Lambertville Planning Board, Emergency Management Council and is the FEMA Community Rating System Coordinator. Mr. Miller is employed by Princeton Hydro, LLC as an Associate – Water Resources Engineer. He has received the 2006 NJAFM Founders Award, the 2008 NJ-AWRA Presidents Award (served as NJ-AWRA Secretary, Vice President and President) and the 2010 NJAFM Floodplain Management Leadership Award.

Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E, Water Resources Specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Dr. Obropta, is the Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Obropta was an environmental consultant for 12 years at Omni Environmental Corporation. He has a background in watershed management, water quality modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and coastal engineering. His specific experience includes watershed restoration, onsite wastewater treatment system design and management, wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport, computer-aided design, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized team of Program Associates who are determined to create innovative solutions to water quality issues in New Jersey. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Henk WJ Ovink, Task Force Director General Spatial Planning and Water affairs for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands

Mr. Ovink is senior advisor for Secretary Shaun Donovan of HUD in his role as Chair of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Prior to his appointment to the Task Force he was Director General Spatial Planning and Water affairs for the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands. As Director General he was responsible for the national policy on, national legal frameworks for and the long term strategy, investments, programs and projects for water affairs and national spatial planning in the Netherlands. He is member of the advisory boards of the The Berlage Institute, the University of Kentucky School of Design, Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture, Master City Developer Rotterdam and chair of the research program on Strong Cities. Ovink initiated the research program Design and Politics (DAPP), the connecting chair Design and Politics at the TU Delft and a series of publications with 010 Publishers, called ‘Design and Politics’ covering the historical and political perspective with a focus on specific issues (designing the Randstad, Compact Cities and more). He lectures and publishes on the change of government, governance and planning as well as on the specific relationship between design and politics.

Michael Passante, Director, President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

Michael Passante serves as New Jersey State Director of the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. He is a Bergen County native who has worked for the residents of New Jersey in many leadership capacities, most recently as Legislative Counsel for the United States Senate’s Housing, Transportation, and Community Development Subcommittee of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee for the past four years, where he handled housing, insurance, and banking policy issues and worked on the Wall Street reform law. Prior to that he was Assistant State Counsel for the Obama campaign in New Jersey in 2008 and worked for the City of Newark as a criminal prosecutor. He earned three degrees from Harvard University including a Bachelors in economics, a Master in Public Policy, and a law degree.

Carey Pilato, Mayor, Bound Brook

Carey A. Pilato was directly elected Mayor of the Borough of Bound Brook in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 to second four-year term. Prior to being elected Mayor, Pilato served as a Borough councilman in 1998 and then a full three year term from 2005-2007. Since being an elected official and Mayor, Pilato has experienced flooding and the aftermath of flooding first hand. Hurricane Floyd devastated Bound Brook in 1999, with the main street in Bound Brook experiencing 12-14 feet of water. As a result of the flooding from Floyd, the US Army Corps of Engineers, State DEP, and Somerset County began construction of the Green Brook Flood Control project in 2000. However Bound Brook continues to experience flooding on the main street from 3 to 7 feet. As of April of 2013, the $130 million flood control project is 95% complete and post flooding redevelopment is beginning.

Carey Pilato is a Communications and Public Relations Consultant. Previously, he has worked for the Pfizer Inc., Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), The LaVoie Group, Cooney Waters Group, Congressman Dick Zimmer (R-NJ), Congressman Bill Goodling (R-PA). Mr. Pilato holds a B.A. in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania.

Brendan Shane, Chief of Office of Policy and Sustainability for the District Department of Environment

Brendan Shane oversees issues related to green building, climate change, and cross-cutting urban sustainability. He is a principal staffer for Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC initiative, which began in July 2011 and is now in the implementation phase following release of the Sustainable DC Plan in February 2013. In that capacity, he is working across the District Government and with stakeholders throughout the community to define and implement the Mayor’s vision of making the District of Columbia the greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the nation.

Brendan is a watershed hydrologist and attorney by training, with a bachelors in government from Franklin & Marshall College, a masters in geology from the University of Maryland, and JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Anne Strauss-Wieder, Principal and founder, A Strauss-Wieder

Ms. Strauss-Wieder has over 30 years of transportation and supply chain experience. She works closely and collaboratively with private sector stakeholders and public sector interests to ensure that supply chain projects reflect market realities, emerging trends and customer needs. She has pioneered new ways of facilitating the productive integration of freight operations with community goals and economic development, as well as means for addressing key issues facing the freight industry. She continuously analyzes industry trends and trend breakers and develops forecasts for all aspects of freight movement and distribution.
Ms. Strauss-Wieder is active in several professional organizations. She is currently the President of the New Jersey Roundtable for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals; serving on NAIOP’s National Industrial Conference Planning Committee, and a member of the Transportation Research Board and the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Ms. Strauss-Wieder was a Leadership New Jersey 2010 Fellow. She has a BA and MA in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

George T. Vallone, co-founder and President of the Hoboken Brownstone Company in Hoboken, New Jersey

For over 33 years, Mr. Vallone has been developing real estate along New Jersey’s Hudson River “Gold Coast.” His firm focuses on the redevelopment of large-scale mixed use urban brownfields, including the successful redevelopment of 1.8 MSF of mixed-uses at the Maxwell House Coffee property on the Hoboken waterfront. His general contracting company, Inner City Construction Inc. has helped build over 1,000 units of affordable housing in New Jersey. Since 2005, Mr. Vallone has been redeveloping the former Van Leer Chocolate Factory site and two other Brownfield properties in downtown Jersey City, which will turn 10 acres of former industrial properties into over 700 residential units, retail, parking and a new city park. Mr. Vallone is actively involved in numerous trade groups, community, and educational development activities: Vice President of the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) and Chairman of the NJBA Mixed Use Developers Affiliate; Member of the Rutgers Graduate School of Business Finance Department’s Advisory Board. He is a regular guest lecturer for the Rutgers Short Course and the NJ Redevelopment Authority series on Environmental Redevelopment and Finance. George earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Gettysburg College in 1976 and an MBA in International Finance & Marketing from Fordham’s Graduate School of Business in 1978.

James Weinstein, Executive Director, NJ Transit

Mr. Weinstein is responsible for New Jersey Transit’s bus, light rail, and commuter rail network, which carried more than 270 million passenger trips in Fiscal Year 2009. Mr. Weinstein oversees the agency’s 10,500-plus employees, and capital and operating budgets totaling more than $3 billion annually.

Prior to being appointed Executive Director, Mr. Weinstein served as senior vice president of AECOM, a global transportation consulting and engineering firm, since 2002. In that capacity, he was responsible for the firm’s highway and bridge projects throughout the United States. Before joining the firm, he was senior vice president of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, the busiest passenger rail line in the nation.

Mr. Weinstein previously served as New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation and Chairman of the NJ TRANSIT Board of Directors from 1998 to 2002. During his tenure, NJ TRANSIT advanced work on system expansion projects including the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, River Line, and the Newark Light Rail extension to Broad Street Station, as well as new stations such as Frank R. Lautenberg Station at Secaucus Junction, Union Station and Montclair State University Station at Little Falls.

Mr. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Seton Hall University.

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