November 13, 2017

Trenton -- Governor-elect Phil Murphy today announced the full slate of Transition2018 committees and co-chairs.

"I pledged to build my administration to mirror the diversity, talent, and potential of New Jersey, and my transition will be no different," Governor-elect Murphy said. "Our co-chairs boast a rich diversity of both background and experiences, of valuable government experience and unique outside perspectives. To a person, this transition is full of incredible talent and experience, and I'm thrilled to see them serve. Together, we'll start the difficult job of building a stronger, fairer economy that works for all nine million New Jerseyans."

The group of Transition2018 leaders and co-chairs is majority-minority and majority-women.

"Our task is simple: get to work setting the blueprint to strengthen our economy and make it fair again," Transition2018 Executive Director Jose Lozano said. "The depth and breadth of experience in this group is stunning. Let there be no doubt: New Jersey faces massive obstacles ahead. But together, with Governor-elect Murphy and the entire Transition2018 team, we'll tackle those problems head-on and ensure the Murphy administration hits the ground running in January."

The list of committees and co-chairs is below.

Director of Transition Policy Committees
Jose Fernandez, former Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs

Senior Advisor to the Transition for Strategy and Policy
Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University

Agriculture
Albert Kelly, Mayor of Bridgeton and President of the League of Municipalities
Jessica Niederer, Chickadee Creek Farm, Hopewell Township
David Rosenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, AeroFarms

Budget
Henry Coleman, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University
Amy Mansue, President, Southern Region at RWJBarnabas Health
John McCormac, Mayor of Woodbridge
David J. Rosen, former Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, New Jersey Office of Legislative Services

Education, Access, and Opportunity
Marie Blistan, President, New Jersey Education Association
Mark Biedron, immediate past President, New Jersey State Board of Education
Donna Chiera, President, American Federation of Teachers New Jersey
Rev. Dr. William Howard Jr., former Chair, Rutgers University Board of Governors
Christopher Irving, Ed.D., President, Paterson Board of Education
Gayl Shepard, former President, Montclair Education Association
Jianping Wang, Ed.D., President, Mercer County Community College

Environment and Energy
David Crane, former President and CEO, NRG Energy
Jeanne Fox, former President, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Kathleen Frangione, former Senior Advisor, Senator John Kerry
Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice
John S. Watson Jr., Vice President, D&R Greenway Land Trust

Government Technology and Innovation
Jay Bhatti, Co-Founder, BrandProject
Jazlyn Carvajal, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Stay On Your Daily
Tim Castano, President, New Start New Jersey
Judith Sheft, Associate Vice President of Technology and Enterprise Development, New Jersey Innovation Institute at NJIT
Avis Yates Rivers, President and CEO, Technology Concepts Group International

Healthcare
Omar Baker, M.D., Co-President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer and Director of Performance Improvement at Riverside Medical Group/ProHealthCare of New Jersey
Shereef Elnahal, M.D., Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health, Veterans Health Administration
Balpreet Grewal-Virk, Ph.D., Director of Community Engagement, Department of Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health
Valerie Harr, former Director, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
Heather Howard, former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Linda Schwimmer, President and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
Maria Vizcarrondo, former President and CEO, United Way of West Essex and West Hudson

Housing
Joseph Della Fave, Executive Director, Ironbound Community Corporation
Christiana Foglio, Founder and CEO, Community Investment Strategies
Michelle Richardson, Executive Director, Hudson County Economic Development Corporation
Renee Wolf Koubiadis, Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Human and Children Services
Zillehuma Hasan, Founding Member and Executive Director, Wafa House, Inc.
Trish Morris-Yamba, Executive Director Emerita, Newark Day Center
Kevin Ryan, President and CEO, Covenant House International
Jennifer Velez, Senior Vice President of Community and Behavioral Health, RWJBarnabas Health
Joseph Youngblood II, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Dean, John S. Watson School of Public Service at Thomas Edison State University
Cecilia Zalkind, President and CEO, Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Labor and Workforce Development
Kevin Brown, New Jersey State Director and Vice President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union
Lizette Delgado, Political Director, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Maria Heidkamp, Director, New Start Career Network
Greg Lalevee, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825
James H. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
Hetty Rosenstein, New Jersey State Director, Communication Workers of America
Nelida Valentin, Vice President, Princeton Area Community Foundation

Law and Justice
Rev. Cornell William Brooks, former President and CEO, NAACP
Ronald Chen, Co-Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School
The Hon. Paul Fishman, former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Ricardo Solano Jr., former First Assistant Attorney General of New Jersey
Tahesha Way, former Freeholder Director, Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Law and Justice, Immigration Subcommittee
Johanna Calle, Program Coordinator, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Sara Cullinane, Director, Make the Road New Jersey
Law and Justice, Social Justice Subcommittee
Ehsan F. Chowdhry, President, New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association
Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Military and Veteran Affairs
Col. Jeff Cantor, Councilman, Marlboro Township
Maj. Gen. Maria A. Falca-Dodson, U.S.A.F., ret., Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, MDAdvantage
Former Cpt. Sue Fulton, Executive Director, Women in the Service Change Initiative
Lt. Col. Kamal Singh Kalsi, D.O., FACEP, U.S.A.R., Medical Officer for 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Dix, New Jersey
Sgt. Maj. Jennifer Long, SGM Jennifer Long, ret., Financial Advisor, Integrated Financial Concepts

Stronger and Fairer Economy
Demelza Baer, Senior Counsel and Director, Economic Mobility Initiative at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
John Ballantyne, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters
Vivian Cox Fraser, President and CEO, Urban League of Essex County
Luis O. De La Hoz, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey
Julie Diaz, State Political Director, 32BJ Services Employees International Union
Laurence Downes, Chairman of the Board and CEO, New Jersey Resources
Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University

Transportation and Infrastructure
Imam Wahy-ud Deen Shareef, former Senior Advisor and Director of Logistics and Industrial Opportunities, Mayor Cory Booker
Pam Fischer, former Director, New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, former Executive Director, New Jersey Turnpike Authority
Jack Lettiere, former Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation
Ray Pocino, Vice President and Eastern Regional Manager, Laborers' International Union of North America
Martin Robins, Director Emeritus, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

Urban and Regional Growth
Leecia Eve, former Deputy Secretary for Economic Development for New York
Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future
Kimberly McLain, President and CEO, Newark Alliance
Preston Pinkett, Chairman and CEO, City National Bank
Richard Roper, Retired Director, Planning Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken

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Daniel Bryan
Communications Director, Transition2018
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