HARRY S. POZYCKI, ESQ., Chair
Chairman and Founder, The Citizens Campaign
Harry Pozycki is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Citizens Campaign. He is a graduate of Brown University and holds a law degree from Fordham Law School. In 1973, he founded and managed a law firm specializing in planning and environmental law. He then served as the chairman of the committee that drafted and gained adoption of New Jersey’s Fair Housing Act. Together with David Frizell, he authored an encyclopedia of Land Use Law (1989), and is credited by Governor Thomas Kean for his leadership in developing and gaining passage of “The State Planning Act.” In 1998, Mr. Pozycki created a new model for civics education, which with the assistance of the University of Pennsylvania has been adopted by the New Jersey Department of Education. In 2005, he authored “The Citizens’ Manual: Paths to Power for Regular Citizens.”
Dr. C. ROY EPPS, Vice Chair
President, Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
Dr. C. Roy Epps is a former member of the National Urban League’s Executive Directors Council and has served with the New Jersey Council of Urban Leagues, the League’s Eastern Regional Council of Executive Directors and the Urban League of Greater New Brunswick. His efforts led to the famous 1974 New Jersey State Supreme Court’s Mount Laurel decision requiring municipalities to provide their fair share of low and moderate income housing. Dr. Epps is a current and founding member of the board of New Brunswick Tomorrow, a founder and former member of New Brunswick Development Corporation and a former President and board member of the New Brunswick Board of Education.
STEPHEN BALOG, Treasurer
Stephen Balog is a private financial consultant. He was the chief investment officer of the Beacon Trust investment management firm from 2010-2011. Prior to this he was a founding partner of Cedar Creek Management, a private wealth management firm. For nearly twenty years Mr. Balog was a Wall Street research professional -- both as an analyst and as a research executive. He was recognized five times by Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-American Research poll for his work researching the electronics industry. Mr. Balog has been quoted extensively and has lectured frequently about the research business, and has co-authored a case study on the management of research which was published by the Harvard Business School. Mr. Balog earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
VICTORIA M. BIXEL, Secretary
President & CEO, Semple Bixel Associates
Victoria M. Bixel joined Semple Bixel Associates, Inc. in 2001 and became the firm’s President in 2005. Born and raised in a family who believes in the practice of serving others, Ms. Bixel explored teaching and musical theater prior to joining the family business. Since becoming President and Owner, she has worked purposefully and aggressively to adhere to the firm’s philosophy of educating non-profits while working hand in hand with clients to evolve with the changing landscape of the philanthropic environment. Ms. Bixel is a high-profile expert in the nonprofit arena. As a keynote speaker for conferences, Ms. Bixel is recognized for her knowledge of the ever changing philanthropic supported community. Her speaking engagements include leadership development seminars and workshops, annual fundraising presentations at the New Jersey Library Trustee Institute, and she was a lead presenter at Bank of America New Jersey Nonprofit Conference. Ms. Bixel was honored to deliver the inaugural keynote address at the New Jersey Governor’s Volunteerism Conference. She is regularly quoted in the media regarding philanthropy and fundraising. Ms. Bixel was named a 2013 Woman of Influence in New Jersey by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ). Ms. Bixel served on the Board of Partnership in Philanthropy (PIP) as co-chair of the Development Committee. A graduate of Montclair State University, Ms. Bixel was raised in Plainfield and resides in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Director, Director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University.
Dennis is the inaugural director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship located in the School of Business at Montclair State University (MSU). This Center is being created to facilitate real-life entrepreneurial experiences by potentially all students at MSU. Dennis retired in the summer of 2012 from Verizon New Jersey Inc., where he served as President and CEO for more than a dozen years. Overseeing one of the largest companies in the state, Dennis helped guide Verizon through unprecedented advances in telecommunications technologies, helping to transform the company from a predominately voice services company in 2000 to a potent voice, data and video services company today. Outside of Verizon, Dennis has been influential in initiating positive growth within New Jersey’s business sector. He has been active in strengthening the state’s workforce system as chairman of New Jersey’s State Employment and Training Commission. He served as co-chairman on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 Economic Development Transition Team, which led to the formation of Choose New Jersey, with Dennis as founding chairman. In addition, Dennis serves on the boards overseeing the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, and the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. He previously served on the boards overseeing the Newark Alliance, the Liberty Science Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the Aviation Research and Technology Park. Dennis is the immediate past chairman of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as the chairman of the West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce.
MATTHEW BOXER, ESQ.
Chair, Corporate Investigations and Integrity Practice, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
As Chair of Lowenstein Sandler’s Corporate Investigations and Integrity practice, Matt Boxer applies his public service experience in representing private clients in government and internal investigations. Matt is widely recognized for his impressive track record of leading fair and effective government investigations while serving for six years as New Jersey’s first independent State Comptroller. In that role, Matt and his staff produced a steady body of work that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in waste of taxpayer funds. The work of that office resulted in multiple new remedial state laws and was applauded by media outlets throughout the state. Prior to his 2008 appointment as State Comptroller, Matt spent two years directing the state Authorities Unit, where he monitored independent agencies including the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the Economic Development Authority. From 2001 and 2006, as a federal prosecutor, Matt served in the terrorism unit, the criminal division and the special prosecutions division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Prior to his public service roles, Matt spent four years as an attorney with Lowenstein Sandler, litigating criminal and complex civil cases with an emphasis on securities fraud.
MICHAEL DELLI CARPINI
Dean, Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Delli Carpini is the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as the Director of the Public Policy Program for the Pew Charitable Trusts from 1999-2003. Dr. Delli Carpini is an acclaimed scholar of American politics, public opinion research and mass media. He has served as a member of the Graduate Faculty of Columbia University and the political science departments at Barnard College and Rutgers University. Dr. Delli Carpini has authored four books, including What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters (1996). He received his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and his Master's Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
DOUGLAS R. FORRESTER
Chairman & CEO, Integrity Health
Douglas R. Forrester is the Chairman & CEO of Integrity Health, a health benefits management company. Prior to Integrity Health, he founded Benecard Services, Inc. and Heartland Fidelity Insurance Co. Mr. Forrester has served as Consulting Director of Public Practice Issues for Aon/ASA Consulting and as a Senior Lecturer for Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Mr. Forrester has had a distinguished record of public service. He served in Governor Tom Kean’s administration as Assistant State Treasurer. Following this role, he served as New Jersey’s Director of Pensions from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Forrester also served on the township committee and as mayor of his home town of West Windsor. He was the Republican nominee in New Jersey for United States Senator in 2002 and Governor in 2005. Mr. Forrester graduated from Harvard University cum laude with a double concentration in Philosophy & Government and holds a M.Div. in Theology and Politics from Princeton Seminary. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit micro enterprise and development organization, and frequently lectures in public policy at a number of schools and universities.
RABBI CHARLES A. KROLOFF
Past President, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Rabbi Charles Kroloff is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El of Westfield, the largest synagogue in the State of New Jersey. From 1990-94 Rabbi Kroloff was the Commissioner of the State of New Jersey’s Commission on Bioethics. He has held leadership positions in many social service and Judaic organizations, including the presidency of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Founding Vice President of the Interfaith Council for the Homeless. He authored When Elijah Knocks, A Religious Response to Homelessness, and 54 Ways You Can Help the Homeless. Rabbi Kroloff holds degrees from Yale University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he is currently a Vice President.
Chairman Emeritus, New York Mercantile Exchange
Michel Marks served as Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange from 1978 to 1987. Under his leadership, the Exchange grew from modest size to the fourth largest Mercantile Exchange in the world. In 1987, he was named Oil Man of the Year. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Petroleum Argue, Inc., Paris Foods Corps, and the British American Educational Foundation.
Vice President of Corporate Governance, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Mary O’Malley is vice president, Corporate Governance at Prudential Financial, reporting to the chief governance officer. In her former role, as vice president, Environment and Sustainability, O’Malley oversaw the strategy for, and the coordination of, all initiatives across Prudential’s businesses and corporate functions that promote company’s environmental, social, and governance objectives. O’Malley was also responsible for performance measurement and reporting on these initiatives to external stakeholders, as well as to Prudential’s Board of Directors. Previously, O’Malley was vice president, Local Initiatives in the Community Resources Department, where she was responsible for directing and managing Prudential’s public involvement efforts worldwide. She was also the founding chair of Prudential’s Environmental Task Force.
Environmental and Technology Consultant
Robert Shinn has 32 years of experience in the energy industry and six years in the venture capital arena. He was previously President of Exelon Capital Partners, the corporate venture capital business unit of the Exelon Corporation, where he was previously Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Shinn was Executive Director, Governor’s Energy Council in Harrisburg, PA where he served as Pennsylvania’s chief energy policy advisor to Governor Thornburgh. Mr. Shinn also has held other senior energy policy positions in state and federal government agencies, including Research Assistant in the Executive Office of the President. He served in the Navy and is currently very active in civic affairs. Mr. Shinn has both a bachelors and masters degree from Brown University.
CURTIS TAO, ESQ.
Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, Citigroup, Inc.
Curtis Tao is currently Managing Director and Associate General Counsel for Citigroup, Inc. in New York City. From 2008 – 2011 he was corporate counsel for regulatory issues at Goldman Sachs. From 2005- 2008, he was with Citicorp as Senior Regulatory Counsel. Previously, he was with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb. He received a J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Rutgers School of Law - Newark in 1999, where he was senior articles editor of the Rutgers Law Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in 1995. From 1999 to 2000, he served as law clerk to the Honorable John L. Coffey of the Seventh Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals. From 2000 to 2001, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Tao is a member of the Bars in New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court of New Jersey and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Former President & CEO, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce
Joan Verplanck is the former President and CEO of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber was founded in 1837 and is the largest, most influential business organization in the State of Delaware. Previously, she was a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield New Jersey, an international real estate firm. She was formerly president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, a 97-year-old Trenton-based business advocacy organization from 1995 - 2010. As the Chamber's first female president, Joan represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving the port and education. Joan was instrumental in creating the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which was established to build a highly qualified workforce through innovative collaborations with K-12 education and the workforce training and preparation system. Joan ranked No. 58 on the 2007 PoliticsNJ Power List, which lists the state's 100 most influential people. She was named one of the state's ten most powerful women in business by the Star-Ledger in 2006 and 2002. In 2004, she was named by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of five "business power players." She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Executive Director, The Nerney Leadership Institute
Vizcarrondo was the first Director of the newly established department of Human and Family Services in Newark under Mayor Booker. Previously she was President and CEO of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, making her the first woman to head a Metro I United Way raising 10 million dollars or more in New Jersey. In that capacity she established two major community initiatives, Project Leadership and Success By 6 that have received national recognition. Ms. Vizcarrondo previously served as the Surrogate of Essex County. Her election to this post on November 4, 1993, made her the first Latino to be elected to a countywide post in the history of Essex County government. From 1990 to 1993, Ms. Vizcarrondo was the founding Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development at the Dept. of Community Affairs. Under her leadership, the Center became the central repository for data on Latinos and established the Latino Fellows Leadership Institute. Ms. Vizcarrondo holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.
REV. DEFOREST B. SOARIES, JR., Emeritus Member
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
Reverend DeForest "Buster" Soaries, Jr. is a Baptist minister, former state government leader, author and public advocate. He has been the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens since 1990. A proponent of faith-based community development, Soaries formed, through Church donations, several non-profit community development agencies. Rev. Soaries served as Secretary of State of New Jersey under then-Governor Christine Todd Whitman and is a former chairman of the federal Election Assistance Commission. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary.