"When I arrived in New Jersey to lead a new social justice organization, I was grateful that Lead New Jersey was there to immerse me in the latest State developments, and to connect me with the decision-makers, upon which my effectiveness depended."

Kenneth Zimmerman, LNJ ‘01
Director, United States Programs
Open Society Foundations


"LEADNJ was instrumental in providing me with new competencies and skill to develop and garner the social and economic capital needed to build the birth to college pipeline at Rutgers and LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden.  We have maintained a 100% graduation and college placements for all of our LEAP graduates for eleven years."  


Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, LNJ '91
Director of the Community Research Center and
Distinguished Board of Governors Service Professor at Rutgers University



"Lead New Jersey provided me with an invaluable opportunity to meet and learn from proven professionals in the public, private and not for profit sectors.  Through the Fellowship of LNJ, I have a broader understanding of New Jersey and can bring varied perspectives to developing strategies and financing economic development projects throughout the state."

Caren Franzini, LNJ’91
Former Executive Director
New Jersey Economic Development Authority


"The Fellowship of Lead New Jersey is a talent pool and professional resource I draw upon for individuals with advanced business skills and acumen, public experience in shaping and implementing effective policy, and a broad understanding of the factors shaping our society. I consistently find that when issues of significance are being dealt with in our State, Lead NJ Fellows are front and center in the creation and implementation of innovative ideas."

Preston Pinkett III, LNJ ‘93
President and CEO
City National Bank


 
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