Ann B. Brady, Executive Director – abrady@plansmartnj.org Email

Ann has over 25 years of transportation and land use planning experience at the municipal, regional, and state level. She joined PlanSmart NJ in 1992 as a project planner and held increasingly responsible positions. In 2013 she was appointed Executive Director. She works closely with the Board to develop PlanSmart NJ’s positions on land use, transportation, housing, regional equity, economic development, environmental protection, and resource efficiency. She manages staff to execute PlanSmart NJ’s Annual Regional Planning Summit, quarterly Policy Briefings on current issues, Annual Dinner, and contracts. As a project planner, Ann spearheaded the development of innovative planning tools to improve transportation in the Route 1 and Route 130 Corridors, open space planning for the Mercer County Green Links Project and water resource protection in two watershed management projects. She was also the primary author of PlanSmart NJ’s 2001 publication, The Green Infrastructure Guide, an introduction for municipal planning board members on how to use the landscape to provide flood control, pollution prevention and other infrastructure functions as they make plans to develop and conserve land. Prior to joining PlanSmart NJ Ann worked in Maryland and Alaska as a transportation planner. Ann is on the Advisory Committee of the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking and on the Boards of the Greater Mercer TMA and the Trenton Downtown Association. She received her BA in Sociology from Guilford College.

 

Caleb Fritz, Planner/GIS Specialist – cfritz@plansmartnj.org

Caleb brings strong research, writing, and design skills and an advanced knowledge of GIS to support the broad planning agenda at PlanSmart NJ.  Prior to coming to PlanSmart NJ, he worked for the City Council of Philadelphia as a GIS and Urban Planning Fellow in the Office of the Council President.  As a Fellow, Caleb produced maps and analysis in support of a number of planning and legislative issues including: workforce housing, universal pre-k education, vacancy and delinquency, and the sugary beverage tax.  His work on the beverage tax, utilizing the newest techniques in coding and geographic data collection, provided City Council with critical insight into the social and economic consequences of the tax and was ultimately successful in leading to a compromise on the bill.  Prior to his Fellowship, Caleb worked as a GIS intern for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission where he assisted planners in completing Philadelphia 2035 district plans.

Caleb is a graduate of Temple University where he received a Masters of Arts in Geography and Urban Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.  He graduated with honors from West Chester University with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and is a veteran of the United States Army.

 

Kovac, Jenn

Jennifer Kovac, Administrator – jkovac@plansmartnj.org  Email

After 15 years of management in hospice and home healthcare, Jennifer has returned to her roots in environmental and social sciences by joining PlanSmart NJ. Jennifer provides part-time logistical support to the team and sits on the Membership Committee.  During her tenure in healthcare, Jennifer developed budgets and business plans, marketed in the community, managed grants, and organized events.  In 2014 she earned the National Excellence in Growth Award for managing the fastest growing hospice branch in the country.  After a trip to Haiti in 2008, Jennifer founded and raised funds for For This One, a 501(c)(3) providing financial and logistical support to grass roots service projects.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology with a focus on Public Policy from Rutgers University.

 

 

 

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