Leadership New Jersey‘s goal is to expand and improve the pool of the state’s civic leaders. The program, founded in 1986, honors men and women who combine a successful career with leadership in serving their communities. As part of its programming, Leadership New Jersey sponsors the Forum on the Future of New Jersey, an annual conference devoted to dealing with the key issues facing New Jersey.
This year, in conjunction with the Forum, Leadership New Jersey is pleased to introduce podcasts from the Forum.
In this podcast, Diane Brake, president of the Regional Planning Partnership, LNJ ’90, hosts a panel discussion of the Report Card on New Jersey with the following panelists:
Upendra J. Chivukula, LNJ ’98
Assemblyman, NJ General Assembly
A longtime Franklin Township resident and former Mayor, Assemblyman Chivukula is the first Asian Indian American ever elected to the New Jersey State Assembly. Currently serving his second term, the Assemblyman serves as Vice Chair for the Commerce and Economic Development and as a member of the Telecommunications and Utilities, and Transportation Committee.
Jun Choi, LNJ ’03
Mayor, Township of Edison
Prior to becoming Mayor, Jun worked on education policy as Executive Director of a Student Achievement Task Force at the New Jersey Department of Education. Earning a master’s degree from Columbia University, the Mayor has also worked for the US Office of Management and Budget, as well as co-founding a leadership development and education organization.
Elizabeth N. Johnson, LNJ ’94
Chief Operating Officer, Isles, Inc.
Elizabeth has worked for Isles, Inc., a community development and environmental non-profit organization, for 10 years. She has also held the positions of Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College and Director of the Department of Recreation,Natural Resources, and Culture for the city of Trenton.
Carla A. Katz
President, CWA Local 1034
Carla heads the Communication Workers of America Local 1034, which represents more than 16,000 union members in New Jersey in both the public and private sector, making it the largest CWA local in the country.