Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome is a senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) and serves as a member of Kresge’s Operationalizing Racial Equity team. A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.
Jalonne has worked across many sectors. Before joining Kresge in 2016, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT), where she led national campaigns to ensure that the concerns of low-income communities of color were integrated into federal policy. She is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As a researcher on climate, health and equity, Jalonne was a lead author for the human health chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. She provides leadership on various boards, including the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Change and Society, an Associate Editor of the Environmental Justice Journal, and co-chair of Health Environmental Funder’s Network Steering Committee.
Jalonne has recently been recognized by Who’s Who in America, The Environmental Management Association’s Environmental Achievement Award, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters and is a 2017 PLACES Fellow alum with The Funders Network.
When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughter’s Arielle and Jeannelyn.
Mr. Adeem, a Newark native, began working for the City of Newark in 1991 in the Department of Engineering. In 2013, Adeem was promoted to superintendent of public works, where he oversaw daily maintenance operations of the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities. In 2018, he received his certification as a Public Works Manager and was appointed to his present position.He was a key player in various municipal projects, including the Queen Ditch Restoration Project, which helped address chronic flooding along Frelinghuysen Avenue that has plagued the area for more than 30 years. Acting Director Adeem is credited with helping to rebrand the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities and upgrading the city’s infrastructure as it works to replace every lead service line. He is a dedicated public servant who has, and continues to, give back to his native community.
Olivia Glenn serves as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, prioritizing the advancement of the administration’s environmental justice and equity goals. A longtime advocate of assuring access to the outdoors to underserved communities, Olivia believes every New Jerseyan has a right to experience and enjoy the benefits of nature. She strongly believes that regional trails are a part of advancing equity and access for all to enjoy open space amenities.
Olivia previously led the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry, serving since 2018 as its director and managing its 450,000 acres of natural and historic resources. From 2003 to 2009, she also worked as the Division’s Urban Initiatives and Outreach Coordinator and subsequently as the special assistant to the DEP Deputy Commissioner. She later served on the DEP’s Environmental Justice Advisory Council, leading its efforts in outreach, education, and land management. Olivia also has worked with the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, making outdoor spaces and trails more readily available to Greater Philadelphia residents. She was the former Co-Chair for New Jersey of the Circuit Trails Coalition.
As Deputy Commissioner, Olivia chairs the Community Collaborative Initiative’s Steering Committee and is responsible for environmental justice, diversity, and environmental education. She is a recipient of the Camden Environmental Hero Award and a Camden County Sustainability Champion. Olivia earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Dartmouth College. She holds a master’s degree from the Yale School of the Environment.
Jennifer Gonzalez, AICP, CFM, LEED-GA, ENV SP, is the Director of Environmental Services and Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey where she oversees parks, public property, sanitation, and infrastructure projects including drinking water and stormwater. She advances sustainability and resiliency initiatives in areas such as rainfall flood mitigation and energy, including the Northwest Resiliency Park and Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan. Before joining the City of Hoboken, Ms. Gonzalez was a principal planner with Louis Berger and environmental planner with the County of Passaic, New Jersey. She earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University.
Andrew Kricun is a Managing Director with Moonshot Missions, a non-profit focused on providing technical assistance to water utilities in underserved communities. He is also a Senior Fellow with the US Water Alliance working on their national water equity initiative. He is also working as a Senior Advisor at the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania on various projects related to the Delaware River watershed. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director and Chief Engineer of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, operators of an 80 million gallon per day wastewater treatment plant in Camden, NJ. He has 35 years of wastewater and biosolids management experience. He graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in chemical engineering. He also holds a professional engineer’s license in civil engineering and is a board certified environmental engineer as well. Mr. Kricun serves on the New Jersey Environmental Justice Advisory Council and also served on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and as the chair of its Utility of the Future committee and the Environmental Justice committee. He was the recipient of the Praxis Award for Professional Ethics, the President’s Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the One Water Prize from the US Water Alliance and Environmental Quality Awards from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He was also chosen as governmental engineer of the year by the NJ Chapter American Society of Civil Engineers in 2018.
Kendra F. Morris, Director of Business Development for SUEZ North America, partners with municipal leaders to bring sustainable and smart water solutions to communities across the U.S. and Canada. At SUEZ, she leads teams to develop and execute commercial strategy for long-term contract operations. Kendra has a background in infrastructure investment and is passionate about environmental protection, water quality and resilient public infrastructure. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science and a Master of City Planning both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Randall Solomon is the Director of The Sustainability Institute at The College of New Jersey and the Executive Director of Sustainable Jersey. He has over 25 years of experience working in government, academia, and the non-profit sector. He is one of the principals that founded and directs the Sustainable Jersey Certification program. Prior to his current position he was the founder and Executive Director of the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute at Rutgers where he worked to expand the capacity of public decision making to address sustainability. Mr. Solomon’s experience includes positions as a policy advisor on sustainable development for the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities integrating land use and energy policy, director of the States Campaign for the Resource Renewal Institute in San Francisco, and policy director for the non-profit New Jersey Future. Other jobs include a stint as a national Park Ranger and serving in the inaugural class of AmeriCorps volunteers. He has participated on advisory boards for federal and state government, civic organizations, and has advised major corporations. He writes and speaks frequently on sustainable development, energy, land use policy, using indicators in public decision making, and governance issues. Randy holds a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, was appointed, by the Mayor of Newark, NJ and the Municipal City Council, to the Board of the Newark Environmental Commission in October 2015 and currently serves as Co-Chair. She is the Executive Director of Stepping Stones Resources. She’s a former Board Trustee with the N.J. Highlands Coalition. In addition, she’s a current Board Member of N.J. Clean Water Action and National Clean Water Action. She is on the leadership team of the Newark Water Group, a grass-roots think tank and advocacy organization that advocates for better oversight of Newark’s Watershed, located in the Highlands and its Water and Sewer System. She is currently one of three candidates nominated by Governor Murphy for appointment to the New Jersey Highlands Council. She is on the Data Advisory Committee of Jersey Water Works’ new data dashboard Jersey WaterCheck. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Haitian Creole. She has a B.A. in Economic/Management & Administration and M.S. in International Relations.
David Zimmer serves as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, the State’s lending Authority which partners with the NJDEP and the NJDOT to provide low interest rate loans to government units and authorities for environmental infrastructure projects and local transportation projects respectively. During his tenure, Mr. Zimmer has focused on introducing several new successful loan programs and worked to overhaul the I-Bank’s credit policy to bring transparency and clarity to borrowers. He has also improved the efficiency and effectiveness of the I-Bank by developing two modern, web-based loan management systems. Mr. Zimmer is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Dayton.