Speakers

Luncheon Keynote

LRichardsLYNN RICHARDS
President and Chief Executive Officer, Congress for the New Urbanism
Lynn Richards has been the president and chief executive officer of the Congress for the New Urbanism since July 2014. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including acting director and policy director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. She worked with dozens of state and local governments to implement placemaking approaches by developing policies, urban design strategies, and environmental solutions for vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Additionally, she produced groundbreaking research on water and land use strategies.

Before joining the EPA, Richards worked briefly in the private sector at a consulting firm. She lived and worked in the former Soviet Republics from 1988 to 1995, helping environmental groups increase their organizational and political effectiveness.

In 2012, Richards was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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Breakfast Keynote

Fulop smallHON. STEVEN FULOP
Mayor, City of Jersey City
The son of immigrants, Steven Fulop grew up in Edison, N.J., and later worked at the family’s Newark delicatessen. After college and starting a career at Goldman Sachs in Chicago, he transferred back to New Jersey and bought a home in Jersey City.

Following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Fulop put his job at Goldman Sachs on hold and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq. Upon his return he rejoined Goldman Sachs, and later moved to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. He continued to serve his community, eventually becoming president of both the Historic Paulus Hook Association and the Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.

In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in a primary campaign against then-U.S. Rep. Robert Menendez. He drew on that experience in 2005 to make a successful run for Jersey City Council, a victory that made him the youngest elected official on the Jersey City council and the third youngest in the history of Jersey City. He was elected to a second term in 2009.

In 2013, Mr. Fulop was elected mayor of Jersey City, defeating the incumbent. Within his first 100 days in office, he initiated plans to invest nearly $6 million in city parks in 2014, tripling the annual number of parks projects. Making good on a campaign promise to create an environment that would benefit long-term residents by incentivizing development away from the waterfront and into the heart of the city, he implemented a tiered tax abatement policy, the first of its kind in Jersey City, which created a mechanism for future development into parts of Jersey City historically ignored by major developers and development projects.
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Morning Plenary

Trelstad-BrianBRIAN TRELSTAD
Partner, Bridges Ventures
Until 2012 Mr. Trelstad was the chief investment officer of Acumen Fund, where he oversaw $55 million of investments into companies that were delivering health, water, energy, and agriculture services in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He was a member of Acumen’s management team and helped build out the network of country operations that worked closely with local entrepreneurs. Mr. Trelstad was also a co-founding board member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and was one of the principal architects of impact management software tool Pulse, and of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS). Prior to Acumen Fund, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, a lead environmental staff person at the Corporation for National Service, and was involved in a range of nonprofit and for-profit start-ups.
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vajjhalaSHALINI VAJJHALA
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, re:focus partners
Re:focus partners operates as a social entrepreneur, designing integrated, resilient infrastructure systems and developing new public-private partnerships to align public funds and leverage private investment for vulnerable communities around the world. Before starting re:focus partners, Ms. Vajjhala served as special representative in the Office of Administrator Lisa Jackson at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she led the 2011 US-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability. Previously, she served as deputy assistant administrator in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs at the EPA and as deputy associate director for energy and climate at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the Obama administration from Resources for the Future, where she was awarded a patent for her work on the Adaptation Atlas.
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Panel Speakers

anderson headshotLESLIE ANDERSON
Executive Director, New Jersey Redevelopment Authority
As executive director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, the state’s urban-focused financing authority, Ms. Anderson has overseen the establishment of the NJRA infrastructure, which to date has committed more than $360 million, leveraging more than $3 billion in private investment. Under her direction, NJRA successfully conveys its mission and mandate to improve the quality of life by creating value in New Jersey’s urban communities. She also holds many active memberships in community service organizations.
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ANTHONY A. ARGONDIZZA
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Springpoint Senior Living
Mr. Argondizza oversees the day-to-day operations of Springpoint and its affiliated communities statewide, and helps set strategy and direction for the company. The Springpoint continuum includes continuing care retirement, affordable housing and home-care services in 24 non-sectarian communities throughout New Jersey. Springpoint is the state’s largest not-for-profit senior housing organization. Prior to joining Springpoint, Mr. Argondizza worked for Seniors Management, Inc., in Cherry Hill, an owner/management company of long-term care facilities. He also worked for Health Care Services Group in Warminster, Pa., an institutional provider of housekeeping and laundry services to the acute- and long-term care sectors.
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babineauANNE S. BABINEAU ESQ.
Partner, Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA
Anne Babineau is a partner at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, where she leads the firm’s statewide multi-disciplinary redevelopment practice. She has worked with clients undertaking redevelopment projects throughout New Jersey and has been involved in projects from redevelopment area designation through project completion, counseling clients on redevelopment plans, designation of redevelopment areas, property acquisition and government approvals. She has negotiated and drafted contracts between redevelopers and public entities for implementation of redevelopment, tax abatement, financing documents, and loan and grant agreements, and has handled litigation and appeals in federal and state courts.
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BarrisJOE BARRIS PP AICP
Assistant Director, Monmouth County Division of Planning
During his tenure, Joe Barris has worked to incorporate arts and culture into Monmouth County’s regional studies, reinforcing the important relationship between arts, economic sustainability and community identity. He is a founding member of the Freehold Borough Arts Council and serves on the Marketing and Events Committee for the downtown Freehold Borough Business Improvement District. As a board member of the Monmouth County Arts Council Monmouth Arts, he continues to assist the advancement of the MoCo Arts Corridor. He is a founding partner of the Center for Creative Placemaking (CCP) at Bloomfield College, a New Jersey-based not-for-profit that provides expertise on utilizing the arts and culture as tools for community, social, and economic development.
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BottigheimerNAT BOTTIGHEIMER
D.C. Region Market Lead, Fehr & Peers
Mr. Bottigheimer has a broad background in transportation planning, and works predominantly on multi-modal projects and mobility plans. He has expertise in rail station access planning, transit planning, and land use-transportation planning, and is a recognized expert in transit-oriented development. In addition, Mr. Bottigheimer also provides senior advisory consulting based on his executive-level program development and innovation background in both transit agency and state DOT settings. He has recently joined Fehr & Peers, a West Coast-based transportation planning and traffic engineering consulting firm, to help establish their new office in the Washington, D.C., region.
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BrackenTHOMAS A. BRACKEN
President and Chief Executive Officer, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, ForwardNJ Coalition
Thomas A. Bracken became president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in February 2011, after four decades in the financial services industry including as president of TriState Capital Bank’s New Jersey operation; president and chief executive officer of Sun Bancorp; and in executive capacities with First Union Bank and CoreStates Financial Corporation. He is a former chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Trenton and of the New Jersey Bankers Association. In 2014, Bracken was named chairman of Forward NJ, a statewide coalition promoting investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure. Bracken is currently the chairman of the New Jersey Alliance for Action Foundation and a member of the boards of Public Media NJ; the New Jersey Hall of Fame; South Jersey Industries, and Solix.
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Carman-JackJACK CARMAN FASLA LLA PP
President, Design for Generations
Design for Generations LLC is a landscape architecture design firm specializing in the development of therapeutic gardens and landscapes in healthcare and senior communities nationwide. Mr. Carman is co-editor and contributor to the recently published book Re-creating Neighborhoods for Successful Aging. He works actively to promote the creation of healing outdoor environments through national associations and conferences. He is the founder of the ASLA professional practice network on Healthcare and Therapeutic Gardens.
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ChangHON. CAROLYN V. CHANG ESQ.
Mayor, Township of Westampton
In January 2013 Carolyn Chang, a family law attorney, was first sworn in as mayor of Westampton Township, where she had served as committeewoman since November 2010. She began her third term as mayor in January 2015. She is a member and former officer of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, and of the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Family Law Section, where she is a former member of the Executive Committee. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of South Jersey Legal Services and is a founding member of the Caribbean Association of Southern New Jersey. In 2008 she was a recipient of the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law’s Professional Lawyer of the Year award.
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JIM CONSTANTINE
Principal, Looney Ricks Kiss
Jim Constantine has 25 years of experience in urban design, master planning, community relations, consumer preference research and historic preservation. He has worked with developers, builders and government agencies on master-planned communities, downtown revitalization, mixed-use town and village centers, high-density infill, redevelopment of suburban highway corridors and transit-oriented development. In New Jersey, he has helped plan Metuchen’s award-winning town center, the new Main Street under construction in Vernon, the Hamilton station transit village, two major neighborhood redevelopment plans in Atlantic City and a transit-oriented development in Dover, among numerous other projects.
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CorbalisJAY CORBALIS
Development Associate, Federal Realty Investment Trust
Jay Corbalis helps build smart growth as a development associate with Federal Realty Investment Trust. Prior to joining Federal, Jay worked for the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District in Washington, D.C., and Smart Growth America. His first job after college was as a policy analyst with New Jersey Future, where he spent four years working to promote smart growth in the Garden State.
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DempseyKADIE DEMPSEY
Director of Arts in Community, Morris Arts
Kadie Dempsey is a passionate and motivated leader in all aspects of community engagement, with more than 20 years’ experience in building community engagement and programing projects to fit the needs of individual communities. She currently serves as the director of arts in community/creative placemaking at Morris Arts, a private, non-profit county-wide arts agency based in Morristown. She also offers independent consulting services to communities throughout the tri-state area. Ms. Dempsey is a member of the Sustainable New Jersey Arts Task Force and the Association for Cultural and Heritage Agencies.
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Donsky-BenBEN DONSKY
Senior Project Manager, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures
Ben Donsky has worked on public-space and urban-redevelopment projects in such cities as New York, Dallas, Miami, and Atlanta. Most recently, he has redeveloped Military Park in Newark for Prudential and then-Mayor Cory Booker’s administration. In partnership with Google, he built the largest wifi network in New York City. He established the programming at and operations of the new Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, and advised the State of New York on the redevelopment of Buffalo’s waterfront. His work has received awards from the Urban Land Institute, International Downtown Association, and American Planning Association. He also serves as vice president of the Military Park Partnership. Previously, he advised municipalities and developers on transit-oriented development and parking management.
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DrakeSUSANNAH C. DRAKE FASLA AIA
Principal, dlandstudio pllc
Ms. Drake is the founding principal of dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc. dlandstudio redesigns underutilized infrastructure corridors for stormwater capture, climate resilience and park development, often financed via grants from foundations and public agencies. Recent public projects include the QueensWay Cultural Greenway; Alley Pond Nature Center; “A New Urban Ground,” designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art’s Rising Currents Exhibit; BQGreen, and the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open-space system designed to absorb and remediate urban stormwater. In 2013 she received the national AIA’s Young Architects Award and was awarded fellowship in the ASLA. She was recently described by NewYork.com as one of New York City’s most promising young architects.
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durkinPATRICK DURKIN
Director, Real Estate Development, Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.; Kula Urban Farm
Patrick Durkin, an attorney by training, joined Interfaith Neighbors in 2007. He has primary responsibility for managing the implementation of Interfaith’s Asbury Park West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Plan as part of New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program. He is actively involved in all affordable housing activities of Interfaith Neighbors as well as other agency programs. Before joining Interfaith Neighbors, he served as vice president of real estate development for Isles, Inc., a non-profit community development corporation in Trenton. Previously, Mr. Durkin maintained a law practice in North Carolina with primary emphasis in real estate law, and prior to that he managed housing rehabilitation programs, low-income weatherization and residential energy audit programs in rural Alaska.
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Dvorak-ScottSCOTT DVORAK
Program Director, Parks for People-Newark, Trust for Public Land
Scott Dvorak has been the Newark program director at The Trust for Public Land for the past six years. The Parks for People-Newark program builds parks and playgrounds in Newark, in partnership with the City of Newark and Newark Public Schools and in collaboration with the students and residents the facilities will serve. The program has constructed 13 parks and playgrounds in Newark over its 20-year history, including Newark Riverfront Park, which opened in August 2013, and Sussex Avenue School Playground, which opened in November 2014.
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FerzocoJEFF FERZOCO
Owner and Designer, linepointpath LLC
Mr. Ferzoco is a designer seeking the crossover of information, interactivity and urban planning, finding new ways to collect, display and use data in cities. With more than a decade in information design, most of it in urban planning, he works to help the data-driven experience of the city drive positive change. His primary specialties are information design, interactivity and all things mapping. Mr. Ferzoco previously served as creative director for the Regional Plan Association in New York, and as an information designer at Newsweek magazine, where he performed news-driven research and created infographics. He is the author of The You-City: Technology, Experience and Life on the Ground, published in 2013.
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FuscoANSELM FUSCO
Senior Vice President, Investments, Madison Marquette
As senior vice president of investments for Madison Marquette, one of the nation’s leading developers of retail and mixed-use real estate, Mr. Fusco oversees Madison’s Asbury Park project. Before joining Madison Marquette in early 2008, Mr. Fusco was the director of development for Cherokee Northeast, LLC, and before that he was an associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, where he worked as a senior designer and project manager on architectural and urban design projects.
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GoldsmithROBERT S. GOLDSMITH ESQ.
Partner, Real Estate Development; Chairman, Redevelopment Practice Group, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
Bob Goldsmith is a partner in the law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, where he co-chairs the Redevelopment Practice Group. Mr. Goldsmith’s practice focuses on redevelopment, transit-oriented development, downtown revitalization, green building and public-private partnerships. He also has broad experience in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and appellate work. He has counseled and consulted with both developers and municipalities for numerous redevelopment projects throughout the state and over 30 Special Improvement Districts. Mr. Goldsmith has developed and teaches a redevelopment law course at Rutgers Law School-Newark. He is a New Jersey Future trustee and president of Downtown New Jersey.
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HallerMICHAEL JOHN HALLER
Co-founder, Flemington DIY
Michael John Haller, the 23-year-old co-founder of Flemington DIY, is an advocate for arts revitalization. As a lifelong resident of Hunterdon County, 16 years of it in Flemington, he cares deeply for his community. Mr. Haller has been active in the DIY punk music scene since he was 14, playing and touring in many bands, going to see his favorites whenever he could. This love for music has now blossomed into his love for all art-based events. Currently, Mr. Haller resides in Flemington, where he and his business partner Jeff Hersch put their energy into bringing arts to their town’s diminished Main Street.
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SAMER HANINI
Co-founder and Principal, Hanini Group LLC
Samer Hanini heads business development and construction management for Hanini Group, including land development, design, value engineering and property management. Hanini Group prides itself on its integral involvement in the renaissance of Newark’s downtown and takes great pride in the development projects it has carried out successfully in the past 10 years. Since 2004, Hanini Group has completed restorations and rehabilitations with a value of more than $90 million and has delivered high-caliber loft space to the forefront of Newark’s residential market.
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HerschJEFF HERSCH
Co-founder, Flemington DIY
Jeff Hersch was born and raised in Flemington, N.J. After college he returned to his hometown, and soon realized that Flemington’s vibrant arts community was hindered by few to no outlets for creative work. Along with Michael John Haller and a host of other supportive individuals he established Flemington DIY, sparking an arts movement throughout the town. In collaboration with the Flemington Improvement District, the Ninety Main Project came to life in May 2014 in an old bank located downtown on Main Street. In his free time, Mr. Hersch also hosts a radio show.
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HillierJ. ROBERT HILLIER FAIA
Principal, Studio Hillier
Mr. Hillier founded Hillier Architecture in 1966, leading it to become ultimately the third largest strictly-architectural firm in the world. In 2009 Mr. Hillier established Studio Hillier, a firm that designs and develops projects for its own account and focuses on community need, neighborhood enhancement, and opportunities for architectural excellence while providing reasonable returns to investors. Mr. Hillier is the recipient of the first Leonardo da Vinci award from the Professional Services Management Association for lifetime leadership; the AIA’s Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Medal; the NJIT President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement; and the 75th Anniversary Legacy Award from the Urban Land Institute for his work in land conservation and affordable housing. Mr. Hillier has lectured extensively in the United States at schools of architecture and to AIA chapters.
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Hutson-KarimKARIM HUTSON
Founder and Managing Member, Genesis Companies
Under Mr. Hutson’s stewardship, Genesis has fostered community advancement through high-quality multifamily development in urban centers. Prior to founding Genesis, Mr. Hutson was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs and an investor with General Atlantic, a private equity firm in Greenwich, Connecticut. A resident of Harlem, he serves as treasurer of the trustee board of the First Corinthian Baptist Church and a member of the executive committee of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing. He was formerly vice-chairman of the board of Habitat for Humanity NYC and a member of the board of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
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IsheeSUZANNE ISHEE
President, Center for Creative Placemaking, Bloomfield College
A veteran of the New York theatre, Suzanne Ishee is an Emmy and Drama Desk award-winning producer, actor and playwright. She is a lifelong advocate for artists as catalysts for social change. A New Jersey-licensed Realtor who focuses on growing community cultural capital, she practices as consultant, agent and trainer. Additionally, she serves on the Sustainable Jersey Arts Task Force, the U.S. Placemaking Leadership Council and as a guest blogger for the National Association of Realtors. She is a member of Actors Equity, the American Guild of Musical Artists, and The Dramatists Guild.
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Jacobs-GeorgeGEORGE H. JACOBS
President, Jacobs Enterprises, Inc.
George Jacobs has been in the real estate industry since 1974. He spent most of the 1980s as a principal with Hartz Mountain Industries, where he was a partner and active in the development of more than 20 million square feet of real estate. Currently, he is managing member of a $100 million+ (equity) acquisition and development fund seeking out real estate investment and development opportunities. His most prominent recent projects include Teachers Village, Newark; Glenwood Village, Bloomfield; Styertowne Shopping Center and Apartments, Clifton; Livingston Town Center, Livingston; and Pointe Grande Center, Elizabeth. He speaks regularly at NYU, Columbia University, Monmouth University and Rutgers University and is on the Executive Committee of Rutgers University School of Business, Center of Real Estate Studies.
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JohnsonSHARNITA JOHNSON
Program Director, Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
Ms. Johnson directs the foundation’s arts grants, which foster a diverse and vibrant arts ecosystem, create broad-based public support of the arts, and support communities engaged in creative placemaking in New Jersey. Prior to joining Dodge, she managed a $25 million grantmaking portfolio in education, health and family economic security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan.
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kasabachPETER KASABACH
Executive Director, New Jersey Future
Mr. Kasabach 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.
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staff_njf_davidkDAVID M. KUTNER AICP PP
Local Recovery Planning Manager, New Jersey Future
As a recovery planning manager, David is responsible for outreach and assistance to municipalities responding to the effects of Superstorm Sandy. He is a licensed professional planner with over 25 years of land use and environmental planning experience. He has worked as a planning consultant and held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. David’s work has included master planning; community design; neighborhood planning; downtown redevelopment planning; economic development; and natural resource protection and open space/recreation planning. He has extensive experience in project management and facilitation, specializing in citizen participation, community interaction and project negotiation.

LettiereJACK LETTIERE
President, Jack Lettiere Consulting
Jack Lettiere is the president of Jack Lettiere Consulting, which provides diverse management and transportation strategic solutions. Jack has more than 40 years of transportation experience. After 32 years with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, he served as Commissioner of the Department from 2002 through 2006. In this role he also served as Board Chairman of NJ TRANSIT, the Transportation Trust Fund Authority, the New Jersey toll authorities and Motor Vehicle Commission. Jack was president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and received the Thomas H. MacDonald Memorial Award, the highest AASHTO award.
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Mark Lohbauer headshotMARK S. LOHBAUER
Principal, JGSC Group, LLC
As a principal of JGSC Group since 2004, Mr. Lohbauer works with retailers, restaurants, downtown managers and improvement districts on revitalization strategies and retail recruitment plans. He is a nationally recognized speaker on downtown revitalization and for the past seven years has taught at the New Jersey Downtown Revitalization & Management Institute. Prior to joining JGSC Group, Mr. Lohbauer served as assistant state treasurer and later as director of policy and communications for the state Economic Development Authority. He also served on the Urban Enterprise Zone Authority, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Urban Coordinating Council, and the South Jersey Port Corporation. Mark currently serves as chairman of the New Jersey Pinelands Commission.
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LutinJEROME M. LUTIN
Senior Director of Statewide and Regional Planning (retired), NJ TRANSIT
Mr. Lutin’s 49 years of professional experience in transportation has focused on the interactions between land use and transit, and in recent years, the impacts of autonomous driving technologies. At NJ TRANSIT Mr. Lutin was responsible for planning new light-rail lines and the Newark Airport Rail Station, and directing pilot projects of new technologies. He is a licensed professional engineer, a certified planner, and a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and is distinguished research professor (emeritus) at New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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Maley-JamesHON. JAMES MALEY JR.
Mayor, Borough of Collingswood; Principal, Maley & Associates
Since 1997, James Maley has served as the mayor of the Borough of Collingswood, where he has held elected office since 1989. In 2012, Collingswood was named One of America’s Most Transformed Communities by Forbes magazine. Mr. Maley is also an attorney who regularly represents New Jersey municipalities, county agencies and private developers in the redevelopment of commercial, industrial and residential areas in projects utilizing public and private lands and funds. Mr. Maley is a frequent lecturer and speaker on redevelopment law and has extensive litigation and trial experience in commercial and environmental matters. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Camden County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund and serves as the chairman of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Economic Development Committee.

MaranskyJAMES MARANSKY
Principal, The Envision Group and Ebuilt, LLC
James Maransky is a real estate developer, construction manager, real estate broker and certified green roof professional who specializes in LEED-certified construction. The Envision Group’s mission is to promote neighborhood redevelopment by building high-quality new-construction housing with an environmental conscience. EBuilt, LLC is a construction management firm that specializes in new construction and design/build relationships assisting developers, owners and non-profit groups in the design, financing, project management, construction and marketing of real estate projects. EBuilt is currently working on The Icehouse Development, a LEED Platinum 35-unit multi-family development in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Mr. Maransky’s team has led the project through all stages of the development process.
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MarksSTEPHEN MARKS
Municipal Manager, City of Hoboken
In 2012, Mr. Marks was the acting administrator of the City of Hoboken when Superstorm Sandy struck. Since that time, he has helped manage the city’s capital planning and programming functions with a focus on recovery, resiliency, sustainability and green infrastructure. Before joining the city administration, Mr. Marks worked for Hudson County for more than 18 years in a variety of positions, including county planning director. In that role he managed the drafting and adoption of the county’s 2002 Master Plan, its 2004 Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Plan, its 2005 Stormwater Management Plan, and its 2009 Site Plan and Subdivision Review Regulations for Smart Growth and Sustainable Development.
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McConaughyJON McCONAUGHY
Founder, Co-owner and General Manager, Double Brook Farm and Brick Farm Market
Since 2004, Double Brook Farm has been a sustainable, all-natural livestock and vegetable farm. In 2013, Brick Farm Market opened as a full-service destination for local and sustainable food from Double Brook Farm as well as from other farms and food purveyors. Mr. McConaughy joined the farm in 2011 and is responsible for the planning, execution and leadership of the strategic business plan, including operations, hiring, land acquisition, construction, and sustainability. Additionally, he is the co-owner and manager of Brick Farm Tavern, a farm-to-table restaurant scheduled to open in 2015. From 2001 to 2011 Mr. McConaughy was a managing director with Credit Suisse, serving as head of arbitrage strategies for the Americas and charged with developing its exchange-traded funds group.
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MooreKEVIN MOORE
Co-founder and Managing Partner, City Food Resources
Mr. Moore brings to his current position at City Food Resources, an urban agriculture LC3 hybrid-consulting firm, more than 20 years of environmental restoration, program, project, and nonprofit management experience. He chairs the Environment and Livability Committee for the Together North Jersey planning initiative. His advocacy includes the North Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Justice Advisory Council, legislative testimony and outreach. He has experience with social entrepreneurship as former director of public affairs for a Wall Street-funded social enterprise, including the oversight and advancement of a public good/environmental justice and LEED valuation process.
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MurphyMARY K. MURPHY AICP PP
Executive Director, North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Ms. Murphy leads the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the metropolitan planning organization for 13 counties in northern and central New Jersey. She previously was deputy executive director for planning and operations at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority; director of planning and community development for Union County; manager of transportation planning for the Louis Berger Group; and manager of policy and intergovernmental liaison for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. She is a licensed planner in New Jersey with more than 20 years of experience.
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MEYERS-VinceVINCE MYERS AIA LEED-AP
Principal and Director, Senior Living Design Studio, DIGroupArchitecture
Vince Myers is responsible for ensuring that DIGroupArchitecture has the expertise and resources to serve its senior-living clients in multiple states. A significant part of that effort entails research and keeping abreast of new ideas. He is a featured speaker on all aspects of elder care. His commitment to community has a long history that includes mentoring high school students through the national ACE mentor program, which focuses on architecture, construction and engineering. Additionally, he serves on the boards of the Borden Foundation; the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission; and ACE’s New Jersey chapter; and is an active member of Leading Age New Jersey; Leading Age New York; and the Springpoint Senior Living Foundation.
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OzbayKAAN M.A. ÖZBAY
Professor, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, New York University Center for Urban Science and Progress
Kaan Özbay joined NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress and the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering in August 2013.  Previously, Ozbay was a tenured full professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he was also the founding director of the Rutgers Intelligent Transportation Systems laboratory.  His research interests in transportation cover a wide range of topics including the development of simulation models of large-scale complex transportation systems, advanced technology and sensing applications for intelligent transportation systems, and feedback-based online real-time traffic-control techniques. Dr. Özbay is the co-author of three books on various aspects of intelligent transportation systems and is a member of the editorial board of the ITS Journal.
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papaJENNIFER PAPA
Founder and Executive Director, City Green
Jennifer Papa’s professional background includes a position as assistant to the dean of the master of arts in liberal studies program at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and media director of E. Papa Associates, a full-service public relations firm. She was a founding board member of Eat Local, Inc., a non-profit promoting local and sustainable agriculture through education initiatives. For her efforts to facilitate urban revitalization through community-based farming and gardening projects, creating access to healthy food and revitalizing urban centers, she is the recipient of The National Gardening Association’s Garden Crusader Award, the Paterson Rotary Frank Ambrogio Environmental Award, the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Hero Award, a Jersey City “Green” award, a Russel Berrie Make a Difference Award, and a Passaic County Green Building Design Award.
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Prunty lo-resKATHLEEN MILLER PRUNTY
Director, Downtown Business and Economic Development Office, Township of Cranford
Kathleen Miller Prunty has been director of Cranford’s Downtown Management Corporation since 1997, where she has managed several transit-oriented and mixed-use development projects (including one that won a 2005 Smart Growth Award), bringing in almost $100 million in private investment. In 2003 she was successful in having Cranford designated a Transit Village. During her tenure as president of Downtown New Jersey from 2008 to 2010, she started its Issues Forum, a series of discussions with state officials and experts to address trends and issues affecting business districts, and she became active in the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition. Ms. Prunty is also on the task force of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, working to get direct train service to New York City on the Raritan Valley Line.
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ReinhartPETER S. REINHART ESQ.
Director, Kislak Real Estate Institute, Monmouth University
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. He is the current chairman of New Jersey Future’s Board of Trustees.
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RichDAMON RICH
Planning Director and Chief Urban Designer, City of Newark
Under Mr. Rich’s leadership, Newark’s planning office has led the design review for more than $2 billion of investment in the city’s built environment; completed the city’s first riverfront parks; launched the Newark Public Art Program; and drafted the first comprehensive update in over 50 years to the city’s zoning regulations, adopted in February 2015. Projects he has led have won a New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award; an Outstanding Community Engagement and Education Award from the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association; and an Our Town award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Previously he was founder and executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, dedicated to improving public participation in planning and design, and chief of staff for capital projects at New York City Parks.
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RothmanERIC ROTHMAN
President, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Mr. Rothman brings to HR&A over 20 years of experience in economic development consulting and advising on transportation and public finance projects across North America and in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s national Public-Private Partnership Council and a nationally-recognized expert in transit-oriented development. He was a member of the OMA Rebuild by Design team Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken. He hasguided development strategies for Fort Monmouth and for NJ TRANSIT/LCOR at the Hoboken Terminal & Yards. Previously he served as director of business planning for Transport for London. He serves on the boards for the Design Trust for Public Space, the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University, and the Zoological Society of New Jersey.
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Teague-ReubenREUBEN TEAGUE
Director, Social Investments Program, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Reuben Teague is responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing investments that meet Prudential’s social value criteria while providing risk-adjusted financial returns. The Social Investments Program manages a portfolio of more than $300 million in investments and typically originates between $50 million and $75 million in transactions annually. Prior to joining Prudential in 2013, Teague was co-founder and principal of Green Coast Enterprises, a triple-bottom-line real-estate development and project management firm based in New Orleans. He participated in the development of over 1,000 units of sustainable, hazard-resilient affordable housing and over 50,000 square feet of commercial space aimed at restoring needed community resources to the greater New Orleans area. He previously was an adjunct professor in Tulane University’s Master’s of Sustainable Real Estate Development program.
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tooheyTIM TOOHEY
Senior Vice President, Corvias Solutions
In his role as the program director for The Clean Water Partnership program, Mr. Toohey is responsible for the daily oversight of his firm’s effort with The Clean Water Partnership, a community-based public-private partnership addressing stormwater management in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Prior to this role, Mr. Toohey successfully provided executive leadership for a number of Corvias Group public-private partnerships representing more than 5,000 acres and $1.5 billion in construction asset management related to community infrastructure. He has more than 30 years of experience in engineering design, construction, and development, and his leadership experience includes a number of stormwater management programs.
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TorpeyHON. ALEX TORPEY
Mayor, Village of South Orange; Founder, Veracity Media
Dubbed “the social media mayor” by Inc. Magazine, Mr. Torpey is a recognized leader in the areas of governance, transparency, Internet advocacy and leadership. Veracity Media is a social-impact consulting firm that has worked on local, statewide and U.S. Senate races and with nonprofits and public institutions around the country. In 2011 at age 23, Mr. Torpey became one of the youngest mayors in the United States when he was elected mayor of South Orange, where he oversees a $33 million budget and more than 160 employees. In the fall of 2014 he was appointed as an adjunct faculty in open government at Seton Hall University. He serves on the advisory board of New Jersey’s New Leaders Council and is a 2014 James Madison Fellow at the Millennial Action Project.
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DAVID R. TROAST AICP PP LLA
City Manager, City of Hackensack
David Troast has 30 years of professional experience in municipal management, planning, design and redevelopment. He is the city manager and redevelopment director for the City of Hackensack, which is currently implementing a redevelopment/rehabilitation plan prepared by DMR Architects. Previously, Mr. Troast guided the development and redevelopment process in Sparta Township and assisted in Passaic City. He attributes his success to planning with a team approach; to strong communication; and to a strong commitment to advancing sustainable development in the interest of the public and the business community.
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valloneGEORGE T. VALLONE
President, Hoboken Brownstone Company
The Hoboken Brownstone Company renovates brownstones and row houses and builds mid- and hi-rise condominiums in Hoboken and Jersey City. Mr. Vallone’s general contracting company, Inner City Construction, Inc., has built over 1,000 units of affordable housing for non-profit groups and for-profit housing corporations in Paterson, Newark and Trenton. Mr. Vallone is president of the New Jersey Builders’ Association and chairman of NJBA’s Mixed-Use Developers affiliate. He has taught real estate finance and risk management at the Rutgers Graduate School of Business, the New Jersey Redevelopment Agency, the Rutgers Cook College Continuing Education series, and the New Jersey Bar Association’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He lectures extensively on real estate topics involving finance, joint venturing, structured seller-financed development, risk management, green building and brownfield redevelopment.
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vanterpoolVERONICA VANTERPOOL
Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Ms. Vanterpool joined the Tri-State Transportation Campaign in 2007 as a policy analyst and was appointed by the Board of Directors to executive director in 2012. At TSTC, Ms. Vanterpool advances sustainable transportation policy—more transit investment, safer roadways for all users, fiscally responsible and transparent funding policies—throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ms. Vanterpool has participated in many committees and panels and served on the Mass Transit Task Force for the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Transportation Reinvention Commission for the MTA. She chairs the board of the Bronx River Alliance and is on the board of Vision Long Island.
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JON VOGEL
Vice President of Development, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
Mr. Vogel has more than 15 years of experience in multifamily and mixed-use development. Since joining AvalonBay in 2004, he has had a principal role in managing the design and entitlements for various Avalon-branded communities in Lyndhurst, Tinton Falls, West Long Branch, Somerset, Wood-Ridge, and Princeton, as well as Avalon West Chelsea, AVA High Line, and Avalon Sheepshead Bay in New York City. Before joining AvalonBay, Mr. Vogel worked with Jonathan Rose Companies developing housing and with the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Westchester County, New York. He was previously general counsel for the New York City Housing Partnership, an intermediary in the development of affordable rental and for sale housing in New York City, and a real estate attorney with Willkie Farr & Gallagher.
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ZangariTedHON. DWAYNE D. WARREN ESQ.
Mayor, City of Orange Township
After receiving his law degree, Mayor Warren was awarded a clerkship with a Superior Court judge. He later served as a prosecutor with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and then became an associate with a private law firm. He then became a partner with the law firm of Warren & Tosi, P.C., where his practice focused on representing nonprofit organizations and providing legal advice and counsel to public-sector clients including the governing boards of towns, municipalities, counties and boards. Mayor Warren is certified by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts as a mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey Special Civil Part.
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York-KatieKATIE YORK
Project Director, Lifelong Montclair
Katie York has been the project director for Lifelong Montclair since February 2014, and has been involved in the field of aging for more than 10 years. Her previous position was as the Northern Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) coordinator, helping Medicare beneficiaries navigate the public benefits maze.
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ZangariTedTED ZANGARI ESQ.
Member, Sills Cummis & Gross
Ted Zangari serves on Sills Cummis & Gross’s management and executive committees. He is co-chairman of the firm’s real estate department and also chairs its redevelopment law practice group, leading a team of attorneys through land assemblage, redeveloper designations and agreements, tax increment financing and other public incentives, environmental remediation, commercial condominiumization and construction contracts on large-scale mixed-use projects. In addition, Mr. Zangari chairs the firm’s public policy and governmental affairs practice group, assisting developers, hospitals, banks and other regulated industry clients in the ways that government and business intersect on a broad range of legislative and regulatory matters.
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ZumpinoMICHAEL L. ZUMPINO JR.
Chairman, Triad Associates
Mr. Zumpino founded Triad Associates, a full-service community and economic development consulting firm, in 1978.  He oversees a staff of multi-disciplined professionals with expertise in grant writing, housing, program management, economic development, and strategic planning.  During his 37 years as the firm’s chief executive officer, he and his team have secured more than $790 million in grants and other financing for projects in both the public and private sectors that, in turn, have led to billions of dollars in new investments in community and economic development.  Triad Associates has shared its skills and experience with more than 150 clients, based primarily in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Triad Associates prides itself in producing plans and projects resulting in realistic and attainable, long-term socio-economic benefits.
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