Josh Weston, Chairman
Josh Weston is honorary chairman and former CEO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc (ADP). Mr. Weston began his career at ADP in 1955 as Executive Vice President, Popular Services Inc, leading the company in a variety of capacities before being named CEO in 1982.
Mr. Weston has developed a second full time career leading various non-profit boards, providing generous support to many institutions in the arts and education, and participating in humanitarian efforts and business councils. He is a former director of J. Crew Group, Inc. and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Gentiva Health Services, and Shared Medical Systems.
Mr. Weston also serves as a director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the International Rescue Committee, and The City College 21st Century Foundation, Inc. He is also a trustee of WNET, Public Media NJ, Committee for Economic Development, Liberty Science Center, and TEAM Charter Schools in Newark.
Mr. Weston is the former chairman of Boys Town Jerusalem, Yeshiva University Business School and Tri-State United Way. He also served as a trustee of the Montclair Art Museum, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Atlantic Health System.
In 2002, Mr. Weston received the President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also a recipient of the 1999 Legacy Award from William Paterson University and an Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives for National Security (BENS).
Mr. Weston resides in Montclair, New Jersey.
Liz Thomas, Vice-Chair
Co-founder and CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications
Liz Thomas is co-founder and CEO of Thomas/Boyd Communications. Founded in 1998, the company has repeatedly been named by The Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top 10 public relations in the region and has received numerous awards from local and regional entities including the Public Relations Society of America. Individually, Ms. Thomas was named as one of New Jersey’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” by NJBIZ magazine and a “Person to Watch,” by SJ Magazine. She was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the 2011 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ms. Thomas, who received a B.A. in English and Sociology from Moravian College, began her career as assistant press secretary for Governor Tom Kean. During this time, she was named “Young Career Woman of the Year,” by the New Jersey chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. Prior to starting her first public relations agency in 1989, Ms. Thomas served as deputy director of the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism where she served as spokesperson during the beach closure crisis and managed the marketing and public efforts associated with the “NJ and You Perfect Together” campaign.
Ms. Thomas has also designed and managed numerous notable events, including the opening of Cooper University Hospital’s Pavilion in Camden; the opening of the Ferry Building on Ellis Island; and the grand opening of the Battleship New Jersey, which attracted more than 1,500 guests. Prior to the ship’s public opening, she coordinated the logistics for international media coverage during the Battleship’s historic passage through the Panama Canal. Additionally, she planned and coordinated the live, televised opening of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial with 15,000 guests in attendance.
Ms. Thomas serves as vice chairman of the board of Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice, serving on the strategic planning and finance committees. She is a member of the capital campaign committee responsible for raising funds needed to build The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Camden. She is a member of the board of Public Media NJ and serves as public affairs coordinator for the New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She is returning to the Steering Committee responsible for planning the 2012 New Jersey Governor’s Conference for Women.
Ms. Thomas is a past member of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, serving as vice-chair. She also served as a board member of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey and was a member of the executive committee.
She resides in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Anthony V. Bastardi, Vice-Chair
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Strategic Development Group Incorporated
Construction Technology Corporation
Anthony V. Bastardi is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Development Group Incorporated and its affiliate, Construction Technology Corporation, both recognized leaders in managing the development, planning, design, and construction of complex institutional facilities for education and healthcare. He has over 35 years of broad-based management experience and an extensive background in the development of a wide range of academic, research laboratory, healthcare, senior housing, and other institutional facilities.
He is the recipient of two Awards of Excellence from the New Jersey Builders Association. Under his leadership, Construction Technology Corporation was included in Business News New Jersey’s Top 40 Fastest Growing Companies in New Jersey. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
Mr. Bastardi holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (with Honor) from Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering degree from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and has done post-graduate work at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Mr. Bastardi is Chairman of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. He also serves on the Advisory Board at Birth Haven, a home for indigent, pregnant women.
He has previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Caldwell College, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Morris Museum. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Delbarton School. Mr. Bastardi has previously served on the Board of Trustees of Saints Joachim and Anne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, an affiliate of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens; Loyola House of Retreats; and the Stevens Institute of Technology’s 125th Anniversary Steering Committee, which he co-chaired.
Mr. Bastardi resides in New Jersey.
Thomas A. Bracken
President and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Veteran banker Thomas A. Bracken became the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO in February of 2011. Mr. Bracken served as chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2007 and has been involved with the Chamber for more than 30 years.
He has four decades of experience in the banking and financial services industry, serving previously as president of TriState Capital Bank’s New Jersey operation, based in Princeton. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of Sun Bancorp, Inc. from 2001 to 2007. He also held executive positions with First Union Bank. He is a former chairman of the Economic Development Corporation of Trenton and a former chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association.
Mr. Bracken, a Bucknell graduate, is currently the chairman of the Finance Committee of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation; and the chairman of the New Jersey Alliance for Action Foundation. He previously served as the vice chairman of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting.
Mr. Bracken resides in Skillman, New Jersey.
President and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company
Bernard “Bernie” Flynn has served as President and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company since April 2008 and Chairman of the Board of NJM Bank FSB, a wholly owned subsidiary of NJM, since 2009.
Before he joined NJM, Mr. Flynn was a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General from 1987 to 1993, serving as Counsel for the Commissioner of Insurance from 1991 to 1993.
Mr. Flynn is the chairman and a founding Board member of Choose New Jersey, an independent, privately funded and managed non-profit corporation inspired by Gov. Chris Christie to promote New Jersey as a place to invest and do business.
He is a current Board Member of Junior Achievement of NJ and a Member of the Property Casualty Insurers Board of Governors. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Flynn served as Secretary of the Insurance Council of New Jersey. He previously served on the Board of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting.
Several committees benefited from Mr. Flynn’s expertise during a time of great change in the New Jersey personal auto insurance market. In the late ‘90’s he served as a Member of the New Jersey Insurance Department’s Personal Injury Protection Technical Advisory Committee, he was a Member of the New Jersey Insurance Underwriting Association and Co-Chaired Governor-Elect McGreevey’s Banking and Insurance Transition Team in 2001.
He holds a JD from Rutgers University School of Law and a BS from Fordham University.
Mr. Flynn, his wife, and their two children live in Delran, New Jersey.
Sue Henderson, Ph.D.
President, New Jersey City University
Sue Henderson, Ph.D., has served as president of New Jersey City University (NJCU) since August 2012. In that capacity, she is responsible for advancing the mission of an exceptionally diverse institution that provides unparalleled opportunities and transformational experiences for its students. She works with a dynamic faculty and staff who challenge students to achieve scholarly excellence, professional competence, and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful careers and lives as productive global citizens.
In her previous position as chief operating officer at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), Dr. Henderson managed key priorities, including the completion of facilities projects, curriculum development, and a zero-based budgeting model. She spearheaded the strategic planning and implementation process, and created the Global Education Office as well as the Year of Programs, which was designed to engage faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community in programming and the study of selected countries.
Dr. Henderson is an experienced fundraiser, having successfully cultivated and obtained funding from various corporate sources and alumni to support the higher-education mission of Queens College. She played a major role in the successful $100-million capital campaign. Dr. Henderson spearheaded the building of the College’s first residence hall and was leading the next $150-million capital campaign when she was chosen to serve as president of NJCU.
At the national level, Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Education of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the Commission for Internationalization and Global Engagement of the American Council on Education (ACE). Dr. Henderson was appointed to the Society for College and University Planners Academic Council and serves on the International Women’s Forum.
In New Jersey, Dr. Henderson was appointed to the Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development, and co-chairs the Hudson County Alliance for Action. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce and of the Board of Directors of NJEDge.net, a research and education network. Recently, Dr. Henderson was appointed co-chair of the Hudson County Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.
Dr. Henderson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University Of Georgia (UGA), as well as undergraduate and master’s degrees in math education from Georgia State University. She presents frequently at professional conferences nationwide and has published on effective teaching practices in the collegiate mathematics classroom, organizational change, and strategic planning. Dr. Henderson has received numerous awards for her work as an educator and administrator.
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
Former Governor of New Jersey
As two-term Governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kean was rated among America’s most effective state leaders by Newsweek magazine. While Governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governor’s Association Task Force on Teaching.
On December 16, 2002, Gov. Kean was named by President George W. Bush to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. The Commission’s
work culminated on July 22, 2004, with the release of the 9/11 Commission Report. Its recommendations resulted in the largest intelligence reform in the nation’s history. Gov. Kean served as the chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission’s work of guarding against future attacks.
From 1990 until 2005, Gov. Kean served as president of Drew University. During his tenure, applications to Drew increased by more than 40%, the endowment nearly tripled, and more than $60 million was committed to construction and renovation of buildings.
Gov. Kean has served on several national committees and commissions. He headed the American
delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, served as vice chairman of the
American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and served as a member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He also served on the National Endowment for Democracy.
Gov. Kean is the chairman of the board of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is chair of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; and is the former chair of Educate America, the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation; and the Newark Alliance. He is co-chairman with Congressman Lee Hamilton of the National Security Preparedness Group. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, American Academy of Art & Sciences and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from Columbia University
Teachers College and has served as a trustee of both institutions. He holds more than 30 honorary degrees and numerous awards from environmental and educational organizations, including the Frederick Heldring Global Leadership award; the NAICU Award for Advocacy of Independent Higher Education; and the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, among many others.
Gov. Kean is the author of The Politics of Inclusion, published by The Free Press and is co-author of Without Precedent, published by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc. He writes a regular column for The Star Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne, appeared as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News, and has appeared on NJTV public affairs programs including NJToday and On the Record with Michael Aron.
The Keans reside in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Partner, McCarter & English, LLP
Scott Kobler is a Partner in the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP, specializing in healthcare and public finance. He joined the Firm in 1982 and has served on its Executive Committee.
Mr. Kobler was appointed a Commissioner of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority in 1992 and soon elected its Chair. Over a twenty year period, he served twice as Chair during the terms of five Governors, formed the New Jersey Network Foundation, served as a Foundation Trustee, and worked with his fellow Trustees and Foundation President Elizabeth Christopherson to elevate the Foundation to one of the State’s most successful charitable organizations and public-private partnerships, raising over $100 million.
Mr. Kobler counsels clients on their financing needs from initial capital formation to deep distress and all points in between. He advises on asset acquisitions and sales, changes in control, realignments, debt restructurings, and federal and state regulatory approvals. Mr. Kobler has served as bond, underwriters’, borrowers’, bank, developers’ and trustees’ counsel for billions of dollars of publicly-traded and privately-held debt in various states with an array of credits. He represents significant healthcare systems, sub-acute providers, colleges, universities, museums, private schools, foundations and social service agencies, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Fortune 500 companies, closely held corporations, and commercial and investment banks. He is capital and general business counsel to scores of nonprofit and for-profit healthcare, educational, civic and social service organizations. Mr. Kobler is a N.J. Super Lawyer and Chambers USA recognizes him as a leader in the healthcare field.
He has been a Trustee of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, a Trustee of the Newark Alliance and president of his local school board. Mr. Kobler is a graduate of Princeton University and the Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Kobler is a resident of New Jersey.
Head of Philanthropic Solutions and the Family Office U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Ann Limberg is Head of Philanthropic Solutions and the Family Office. She directs the provision of strategy, services and outreach within these dual areas, advancing their synergy and aligned objectives across the wider organization.
As Head of Philanthropic Solutions for Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust, Limberg oversees strategic, fiduciary, and administrative services to help individuals and families grow, manage and preserve philanthropic capital. She also leads U.S. Trust’s direct engagement with nonprofit organizations, facilitating mission fulfillment and organizational stability through investment policy, governance, board and staff education, and development.
As Head of the Family Office, a specialty practice within U.S. Trust, Limberg oversees a suite of integrated offerings for multi-generational families with complex needs. Working in concert with a family’s advisors, the practice offers integrated financial strategy, investment consulting, fiduciary and administrative services, and cross-generational educational initiatives designed to foster sound stewardship and effective wealth preservation and transfer.
Limberg has worked at Bank of America since 2004, taking on increasing responsibilities within the firm. Her previous roles include Northeast Division Executive for U.S. Trust, where she oversaw client outreach and wealth management strategy across 20 offices in nine states, and Regional Executive, where she led the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware offices of U.S. Trust. Concurrent with her Regional Executive role, Limberg served as New Jersey state president for Bank of America. Limberg’s career also includes senior leadership positions with Fleet Boston Financial, NatWest and Citibank.
Limberg has garnered a number of professional and civic honors. Irish Americamagazine recognized her as a Wall Street 50 honoree. Other honors include NJBIZ’s 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Board Members in New Jersey, the United Way’s Women United in Philanthropy Award, The American Conference on Diversity’s Humanitarian Award, the Executive Women of New Jersey’s Salute to the Policy Makers, and NJBIZ’s New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business and Top 25 Women of Influence.
Passionate about philanthropy, Limberg holds a number of leadership roles within the wider community. She serves on the board of trustees of The Valley Hospital, Macaulay Honors College Foundation, and Bergen County’s United Way. In addition, Limberg is a member of the City University of New York’s Business Leadership Council and the Committee of 200, an organization of leading women executives dedicated to fostering growth and increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders worldwide.
Limberg received her B.A. in humanities with a minor in business administration from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has also completed executive education through the Cannon Trust School.
President, Atlantic City Electric Region of Pepco Holdings, Inc.
Vincent Maione is President, Atlantic City Electric Region of Pepco Holdings, Inc. PHI is a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to more than 1.9 million customers. Atlantic City Electric is a regulated utility serving more than 547,000 customers in Southern New Jersey. Mr. Maione’s responsibilities include developing and maintaining key customer, community and governmental relationships as well as ensuring that the company’s services and performance meet the expectations of these same customers, regulators and government officials throughout the utility’s service territory.
Mr. Maione began his career in 1984 with Atlantic City Electric in the company’s Commercial & Industrial Marketing Department. He has held various leadership positions within the company throughout his career, including those in Distribution Engineering, Field Operations Management and Transmission Engineering Project Management.
Mr. Maione is on the Board of the New Jersey Utilities Association and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce. He is a steering committee member of the W. J. Hughes Center for Public Policy as well as an advisor member of the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism of the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Mr. Maione was appointed by Governor Christie in 2012 to be a member of the New Jersey Commission on Italian and Americans of Italian Heritage Cultural and Educational Programs. He is also a founding Board member of the “Choose New Jersey” a nonprofit corporation created by New Jersey business leaders to promote the state in the global market. Mr. Maione was a former Town Council member in Hammonton, NJ, where he served two terms in public office.
Mr. Maione is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He also graduated from the University of Maryland where he received his Masters in Business Administration. Mr. Maione is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and he holds licenses as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. At a young age, he and his family emigrated from Naples, Italy and settled in Hammonton, NJ. Mr. Maione has three children and resides in Shamong Township, New Jersey.
Robert A. Marino
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Robert A. Marino is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He was born and raised in New Jersey and has nearly four decades of experience in the Blue Cross Blue Shield system.
Mr. Marino began his health insurance career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey before taking a position with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield in New York. At Empire BCBS, he served as Vice President of National Accounts and Assistant Vice President of Professional Benefits Administration.
Mr. Marino returned to New Jersey and served as Vice President, National Market Division and was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Market Business Units (Sales division) in 1997. In June 2008, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for directing and managing all operational activities of Horizon BCBSNJ. In his capacity as COO, the Senior Vice Presidents of Service, Healthcare Management, Information Technology, and Market Business Units reported to him.
Mr. Marino serves on a number of health insurance industry boards, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Board of Directors and previously served on its the Interplan Programs Committee. He also serves on the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Board of Directors. He has also served as past Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the National Account Service Company (NASCO), a claims processing company servicing Blue plans.
Additionally, Mr. Marino serves on a number of charitable and community boards in his home state of New Jersey. He is a Board member of Choose NJ, a business group dedicated to expanding the state’s economy; a Trustee of the St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, NJ; a past Chairman and current member of the Executive Committee of the Newark Regional Business Partnership (NRBP); a Board member of the Newark Alliance; and an Executive Committee member of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. He is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mr. Marino previously served as a Board member of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson and Chairman of its 1997 and 1998 Annual Campaigns. He also served as a Board member of the Essex County Heart Association and as the Annual Walk Chair in 2000.
Mr. Marino holds a B.A. degree in economics from Rutgers University. He is a resident of New Jersey.
Barry H. Ostrowsky
President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health
Barry H. Ostrowsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest integrated healthcare delivery system that annually provides treatment and services for more than two million patient visits. He leads the system’s initiatives in ensuring the highest quality health care for patients, and is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the communities.
Barnabas Health includes six acute care hospitals (three are teaching hospitals), two children’s hospitals, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, a free-standing behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, three accountable care organizations, and a medical group. The system is comprised of 18,500 employees, (second largest private employer in New Jersey); 4,600 physicians (representing one-fifth of the state’s actively practicing physicians), and 445 residents (the state’s largest non-university complement of residents).
Among Barnabas Health’s nationally recognized services and facilities are: New Jersey’s only certified burn treatment facility – top ten in the U.S.; world-class cardiology and cardiac surgery services – regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as high performing; the state’s oldest, most experienced heart transplant program – nationally ranked second of adult programs, performed more than 700 transplants; pediatric cardiac surgery in partnership with NYU School of Medicine; New Jersey’s only lung transplant program; two kidney transplant centers ranked third in the nation of 240 centers, with nearly 40 years of experience; six Joint Commission-certified acute coronary syndrome centers; six accredited stroke centers; comprehensive robotic surgery services; widely recognized services for neurology and neurosurgery, reproductive medicine and science, oncology, geriatrics, and women’s health; and three highest level neonatal intensive care units. Barnabas Health is the only healthcare Founding Partner of the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games.
Mr. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He served in the same role at Barnabas Health, when the System was created in 1996. He assumed the title of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010, and his present title in January, 2012.
Prior to joining Barnabas Health, Mr. Ostrowsky was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Brach, Eichler. Throughout his career Mr. Ostrowsky has been actively involved in many organizations. Mr. Ostrowsky received an AB from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He resides in New Jersey.
Executive Vice President and Regional President, Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey Region
Brenda Ross-Dulan is Executive Vice President and Regional President for Wells Fargo’s Southern New Jersey Region, responsible for 150 banking stores, with $12 billion deposits. Ms. Ross-Dulan also serves as national spokesperson for Wells Fargo’s African American Business Services program. Prior to moving to New Jersey in April 2009, she served as the Regional President for Wells Fargo’s Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley Region.
Ms. Ross-Dulan was introduced to banking after working as a corporate finance intern at JPMorgan in New York. She joined First Interstate in 1990 as a financial analyst and has been with Wells Fargo since it acquired First Interstate in 1990. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in a variety of roles from Corporate Banking to Commercial Real Estate and Community Development.
A committed champion of the community, Ms. Ross-Dulan has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America and as an Executive Making a Difference by the Los Angeles Times. She has also received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Economic Justice Award.
Since moving to New Jersey, Ms. Ross-Dulan has been recognized by the Executive Women of New Jersey, the YMCA NJ Hall of Fame and Kidsbridge. She has also received the LEAP Academy Leadership Award and has been appointed to the boards of the Coopers Ferry Community Development Corporation and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Ross-Dulan holds a BA in Business Administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. She is the devoted mother of two teenage children. Ms. Ross-Dulan lives in New Jersey.
Neal Shapiro, President and CEO, WNET
Neal Shapiro is President and CEO of WNET, as well as President and CEO of Public Media NJ, Inc. WNET is The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Great Performances, American Masters, Nature, Need to Know, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online.
Mr. Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 25-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online. Before joining WNET in 2007, Mr. Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs including Today, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press, as well as Dateline NBC. He was executive producer of Dateline NBC when it was a mainstay of NBC’s schedule. Before that, he spent 13 years at ABC News, where he was a writer and producer for PrimeTime Live and World News Tonight. He has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.
He serves on the Boards of Tufts University, Gannett Company and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Robert L. Smartt
Retired, Deputy State Treasurer, NJ Treasury Department
Robert “Bob” Smartt retired from the New Jersey Treasury Department after serving as Deputy State Treasurer, Ethics Officer and State Contract Manager for the New Jersey Lottery gaming system. Mr. Smartt has been involved with public broadcasting for many years, serving as Acting Chairman and Treasurer of the Foundation for New Jersey Public Broadcasting Board of Trustees and representing the State Treasurer on the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority Board of Directors. He serves as a Visiting Associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and is a member of the Eagleton team developing the Center on the American Governor. His experience includes working as a reporter and editor at the Daily Record in Morristown, as a reporter at the Star-Ledger, and as Deputy Press Secretary for the first Brendan T. Byrne gubernatorial campaign. Mr. Smartt received a B.A. from Drew University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He resides in New Jersey.
Neal Shapiro, President & Chief Executive Officer
Caroline C. Croen, Treasurer
Robert A. Feinberg, Secretary
Patricia T. Northrop, Assistant Secretary