Staff and Board of Trustees




Mark M. Murphy, LNJ '91


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Jennifer M. Bredehoft, LNJ '10
Vice President, Recruitment, Alumni Relations, & Communications
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After working in Washington on the staff of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and in New York for the Ford Foundation and National Coalition for Haitian Refugees, Mark Murphy arrived in New Jersey in 1985 as a Roothbert Fellow in Peace Studies at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School.  Obtaining his Masters degree and teaching Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy there, Mark has served the Wilson School on its Advisory Council and as Chair of alumni giving.

Mark's service to New Jersey includes helping shape Governor Tom Kean's welfare reform program at the Department of Human Services, chief of staff to the 1990 State Legislative Redistricting Commission. Chair of the State Office of Dispute Resolution, and founding Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers.  Over the course of twenty years as Executive Director and President of the The Fund for New Jersey, Mark helped found over twenty organizations working to enhance life in New Jersey.  He is editor of Agenda New Jersey, a compendium of expert policy reports covering Campaign Reform, Fiscal Responsibility, Better Schools, Strengthening Families, Saving Our Land and Water, and Building Our Cities.

 Mark is a senior policy fellow at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation national Fellow, and a proud member of Lead New Jersey's Class of 1991. He is a certified practitioner for both MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and LIFO (Life Orientations). 
 Jen joined Lead New Jersey’s staff as the new Vice President for Recruitment, Alumni Relations, & Communications in April 2015. With more than 16 years of nonprofit experience in New Jersey, Jen was previously the Director of Growth & Development for the New Jersey Charter Schools Association and Vice President for Communications & Investor Relations with New Jersey Community Capital.

Jen received her Master of Public Administration degree in 2013 from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs with a concentration in Advanced Management & Finance, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in 2004, majoring in History with minors in Education and Irish Studies. She received her Certified Fundraising Executive credentials in 2013 from CFRE International and is a certified practitioner for both MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and LIFO (Life Orientations). She was recognized as one of the 2018 Leading Women Entrepreneur Brand Builders and 2018 NJBIZ Forty Under 40 for Marketing.

Jen is a 2010 Lead New Jersey Fellow and previously served as a Graduate Organization representative, Alumni Ambassador, and Chair of the Networking & Engagement Committee for LNJ.  An avid equestrian, she is currently co-secretary for the Colts Neck Trail Riders Club and is active in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry in New Jersey. 



Robert Allison, LNJ '16, Partner, Holman Frenia Allison, PC

Matthew Baker, LNJ '16, Chair, Associate, Genova Burns LLC

Kenyanna Scott Bell, LNJ '18, Vice President, Litigation Counsel, ADP

Carlotta Chan, LNJ '16, Vice Chair, Senior Director, Investor Relations, PSEG

Andrea Cunnell, LNJ '13, Director, Alumni & Corporate Engagement, Rutgers Business School

Kenny Esser, LNJ '18, Vice President & Chief of Staff, Hackensack Meridian Health

Denise V. Free, LNJ '18, Director of Communications and External Affairs, American Water

Linda Malave, LNJ '19, Chief of Staff, Financial Wellness, Business, & Product, Prudential

Lori Matheus, LNJ '00, Treasurer, Senior Vice President, NJ Economic Development Authority

Bill Pappalardo, LNJ '13, Managing Partner, JBA Architecture & Consulting

Anne-Marie Peracchio, LNJ '15, Secretary, Director- Conservation & Affordability, New Jersey Natural Gas

Brian Quinn, LNJ '19, Senior Manager, Legislative & Government Affairs, Audible

Jigna Rao, LNJ '20, Director of Operations, Millhill Child & Family Development

Marisa Slaten, LNJ '19, Governance ChairDirector, Regulatory Strategy & ServicesPepco Holdings, Inc. 

Michael Van Wagner, Vice President, Public Affairs, NJM Insurance Group

Steve Weinstein, Executive Vice President, Rowan University