2018 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

2018 Keynote Speaker: Governor Phil Murphy

Governor Phil Murphy 

Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day.” That has shaped Phil’s values, his priorities, and the kind of governor he will be.

Religion, basic values, work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life. His father never graduated from high school, his mother worked as a secretary; they inspired Phil and his three siblings to pursue their educations and be active participants in civic life.

Phil put himself through Harvard on loans and part-time jobs. After earning a graduate degree at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he started his career at the bottom, working his way up to help lead a major international business by learning how economies grow and create jobs.

Phil has helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors, and these groups have changed thousands of lives for the better. Nationally, Phil served proudly as New Jersey’s sole representative on the board of the NAACP, the world’s oldest civil rights organization. He served as Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee, helping Howard Dean on the “Fifty-State Strategy” that rebuilt the Democratic Party from the grassroots up; that effort helped return Congress to Democratic hands in 2006 and elect President Barack Obama in 2008. Phil also has led national and state task forces on education and public employee pensions and benefits.

In 2009, Phil answered President Obama’s call to service and became the U.S. Ambassador to Germany after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. After returning home in 2013, Phil and his wife, Tammy, saw our state falling behind. They couldn’t sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead. They founded New Start New Jersey as a “think and do” organization to rebuild the state’s economy from the middle class out — New Start New Jersey partnered with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University to create the New Start Career Network, which is helping older, long-term unemployed residents once again actively compete for good jobs.

As governor, Phil will make New Jersey more fair and just for all residents. His vision would grow the middle class and jumpstart the state’s economy by targeting investments in people and infrastructure, reclaiming New Jersey’s mantle as a center of the STEM and innovation economies, protecting working families by raising the minimum wage and expanding earned sick leave for all, and protecting the middle class with real tax fairness.

Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County and are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.

“I am an optimist. I believe New Jersey’s best days are before us and that our future is unlimited."
— Phil Murphy

Websites: www.nj.gov, www.nj.gov/governor

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Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver
Commissioner, NJ Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
Sheila Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey’s 2nd Lieutenant Governor on January 16, 2018. She is the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office in New Jersey history. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs by Governor Phil Murphy.

Lt. Governor Oliver is a 40-year resident of East Orange, and a native of Newark.

First elected to the General Assembly in 2003, she became Speaker in 2010 – the first African-American woman in state history to serve as such, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.

She has chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children, Commerce and Economic Development, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. She also sat on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.

She also has served as an Essex County Freeholder, from 1996 to 1999, and was a member of the East Orange Board of Education.

A graduate of Newark’s Weequahic High School, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude in Sociology, from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University.

Lt. Governor Oliver began her career in public service as the Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, where she focused on preparing young people ages 14 to 21 for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. She later became the Development Director for The Newark Literacy Campaign while working at Caldwell College as the Coordinator of Career Guidance within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

She has taught college courses in Achievement Motivation, Non-Profit Management, and Pre-College Preparation, served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations, and spent several years as the Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative.

Lt. Governor Oliver has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, the United Way, the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods, the Newark Collaboration Group, the Rutgers-Newark Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Council, the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative of NJ, the Essex County and East Orange Committees on the Status of Women, Programs for Parents, and a number of other community-based entities. She has held memberships in the Women’s Political Caucus of NJ, the NAACP, and the Urban League.
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Leslie A. Anderson
President and Chief Executive Officer, NJ Redevelopment Authority (NJRA)

Leslie A. Anderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority (NJRA), a multi-million dollar independent financing authority created by the state of New Jersey to transform urban communities through direct investment and technical support. Ms. Anderson is the first African American woman to helm an independent financing authority in New Jersey and thanks to her tenacity, effectiveness, and vision she has been reappointed to this position by three consecutive governors.

Under her bold leadership, NJRA has used its financial resources to leverage over $3.8 billion in new investments, helping to redevelop some of New Jersey’s most economically challenged neighborhoods. Moreover, the authority committed $418 million in direct investments in 44 eligible communities. This has led to the creation of 15,000 new housing units and 10 million square feet of commercial and retail space.

In 2006, Ms. Anderson created the NJRA Redevelopment Training Institute (RTI) to provide learning opportunities centered on the complexities of redevelopment and best practices for community revitalization. Since its inception, RTI has trained over 2,000 attorneys, elected officials, developers and nonprofits.

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Charles A. Richman
Executive Director, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
Charles A. Richman brings more than 40 years of experience in New Jersey state government to his role as Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). Before joining NJHMFA in January 2018, Mr. Richman previously had served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), where he had worked for 31 years. NJHMFA is an affiliate of DCA.

Prior to joining DCA in 1986, he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Energy Office, and Assistant Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Energy. He was named Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs in 1986, was promoted to Deputy Commissioner in 2005, and held the title of Acting Commissioner at DCA three times.

Throughout his tenure at DCA, Mr. Richman spearheaded effective policy development in areas ranging from affordable housing, fire safety, community planning and economic revitalization to budget development. He was responsible for regulatory reform in a variety of building and housing codes, evaluations of municipal operations; formulation of legislative strategies; preparation of department budgets and priorities; contract management; and supervision of operating divisions.

Over the years he has represented DCA on a number of prominent boards and commissions, including the Council on Affordable Housing; Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; the State Planning Commission, the New Jersey Historic Trust; and the Asbury Park Housing Authority among others. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, he helped lead efforts to provide Sandy-displaced families with housing options and in administering federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds to assist homeowners, renters and local governments in their Sandy recovery and rebuilding efforts.
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Tim Sullivan
Chief Executive Officer, NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Tim Sullivan serves as Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA). In his role as CEO, Mr. Sullivan oversees the EDA’s strategic direction, leading policy and governance initiatives, and serves as the principal representative of the Authority throughout the State.

Mr. Sullivan most recently served as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), where he oversaw State tourism and branding, brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented development, and waterfront initiatives. Mr. Sullivan joined the DECD in January 2014 as Director of Brownfield, Waterfront, and Transit-Oriented Development, and became Deputy Commissioner in 2015.

Mr. Sullivan previously served as Chief of Staff to the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, focusing on transportation and transit-oriented development, brownfield redevelopment, waterfront and maritime/port redevelopment, public and affordable housing policy, small business support, infrastructure finance, and public/private partnerships.

Prior to joining city government in 2010, Mr. Sullivan worked at Barclays Capital as Chief of Staff to the Head of Global Investment Banking. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers in 2003 as a healthcare banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions for leading companies in the managed care, biotechnology, and healthcare services sectors.

Born and raised in Bergen County, Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Carl E. Van Horn, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Carl Van Horn is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the founding Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is also Senior Advisor for Strategy and Planning in the Office of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. He is the author or editor of 17 books and over 150 scholarly articles and reports. He has held several senior positions in government, including: Director of Policy for the State of New Jersey; Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority; member of the boards of NJ Transit and the Commission on Science and Technology; and, Senior Economist, Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh in Honors Political Science and Sociology, and earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in political science/public policy from the Ohio State University.
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Kimberly Beczo
Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
Kimberly Beczo is the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator in the Property Management Division and has been with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for 23 years. Her background includes experience in Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing. She is an Accredited Residential Manager with the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) and holds a Tax Credit Certification. She is well-versed in the 4350.3 and the application of regulations governing the processing and transmission of tenant certifications. As the Occupancy Specialist Coordinator, she approves all tenant selection policies for Agency-financed developments and works directly with the assistant director of Property Management in the operation of the Occupancy Department.
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Rosie Jackson
Assistant Director of Property Management, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
Rosie Jackson is the Assistant Director of Property Management and has been with the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency for 34 years. She is responsible for supervising the occupancy department within the Property Management Division. Ms. Jackson oversees the Agency’s portfolio of developments in relationship to TRACS and occupancy requirements. She has extensive experience in the housing industry, and currently holds the designations of Certified Assisted Housing Manager (AHM), Tax Credit Specialist (TCS), Housing Credit Certified Professional (HCCP), C6P and NCP-Executive. In 2010, Ms. Jackson was inducted into the HFA Hall of Fame in recognition of more than 20 years of service in the housing credit industry.
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Wendy Lawrence
TRACS Coordinator, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
Wendy Lawrence has worked in the field of subsidized housing for 31 years. She had been a Resident Site Manager before working in the Occupancy Department of Property Management at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. She has been a Certified Assisted Housing Manager since 1988 with numerous additional credits earned through CPE Sponsors. Ms. Lawrence has been overseeing the Agency’s database since 1995 and is an Agency coordinator on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Secure Systems and EIV. She attends all meetings and trainings regarding TRACS and is the liaison between HUD Washington, NJHMFA, software technicians and property managers.
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Lesley Lefler
TRACS Coordinator, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA)
Lesley Lefler is a TRACS Coordinator for the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Property Management Division and has been with the Agency for over 14 years. Prior to her NJHMFA career, she worked as an On-Site Manager for 10 years. Her background includes Section 8, 236, Tax Credit, and Assisted Living Housing. Ms. Lefler holds certifications in Tax Credit Compliance, Fair Housing, and a CPO through NAHMA and Assistant Housing Manager through Quadel.
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