Featured Speakers

Governor Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day,” the youngest of four children with only one parent who graduated high school. His upbringing – where religion, a strong work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life – shaped his values, his priorities, and the leader he is today.

The Honorable Phil Murphy

Governor, State of New Jersey

Charles Marohn – known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues – is the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America.

Charles L. Marohn, Jr.

Founder & CEO, Strong Towns

Session Panelists

Leslie Anderson

Leslie Anderson

President and CEO, NJRA

Mike Berne

Mike Berne

President, MJB Consulting

Sheena Collum

Sheena Collum

Village President, Township of South Orange Village

Betsy Driver

Betsy Driver

Mayor, Borough of Flemington

Stephanie DiPetrillo

Stephanie DiPetrillo

Executive Director, CUEED

Christina Fuentes

Christina Fuentes

Director of Small Business Services, NJEDA

Robert Goldsmith

Robert Goldsmith

Partner, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP

Harriet Harris

Harriet Harris

Dean of Architecture, Pratt

Suzanne Ishee

Suzanne Ishee

Director, NJIT Hub for Creative Placemaking

Jaime Izurieta

Jaime Izurieta

Storefront Ninja, Storefront Mastery

Meghan Jack

Meghan Jack

Township Administrator, Township of Riverside

Paul Kanitra

Paul Kanitra

Mayor, Borough of Point Pleasant Beach

Richard Kasmin

Richard Kasmin

Chief Economist, NJEDA

Isaac Kremer

Isaac Kremer

Executive Director, Metuchen Downtown Association

Emily Manz

Emily Manz

President, EMI Strategy

Lara Marrero

Lara Marrero

Retail Leader, Strategy Director, Principal, Gensler

Christine Newman

Christine Newman

Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement, AARP New Jersey

Larisa Ortiz

Larisa Ortiz

Managing Director, Research + Analysis, StreetSense

Lyneir Richardson

Lyneir Richardson

Executive Director, CUEED

William Rodgers, III

William Rodgers, III

Executive Director, CUEED

Paul Silverman

Paul Silverman

Principal, SILVERMAN

Darius Sollohub

Darius Sollohub

Associate Professor, Hillier College of Arch & Design, NJIT

Sean Spiller

Sean Spiller

Mayor, Township of Montclair

Deb Tantleff

Deb Tantleff

Founding Principal, TANTUM Real Estate

Jonathan Tyler

Jonathan Tyler

Senior Associate, Gensler

Robert Zuckerman

Robert Zuckerman

Executive Director, Downtown Westfield

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