Confirmed Speakers* 

  • Ana Baptista, Asst. Professor of Professional Practice and Chair, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, The New School 
  • Ras Baraka, Mayor, Newark
  • Carolyn Beauchamp, President & CEO, Mental Health Association of New Jersey
  • Staci Berger, President & CEO, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
  • J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor, Elizabeth 
  • Tom Byrne, Chairman, New Jersey State Investment Council
  • Suzi Cabo, Director, Corporate and Community Affairs, United Airlines
  • Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli, New Jersey Legislature
  • Carol Coletta, Senior Fellow, American Cities Practice, Kresge Foundation
  • Deborah Cornavaca, NJEA
  • April DeSimone, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Designing the We
  • Wilda Diaz, Mayor, Perth Amboy
  • Kim Fortunato, President, Campbell Soup Foundation
  • Barbara George Johnson, Executive Director, John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, Thomas Edison State University
  • Jahleel Giles, Graduate, Essex County Bloomfield Tech
  • Rosie Grant, Executive Director, Paterson Education Fund
  • Marty Johnson, Founder & CEO, Isles, Inc.
  • Peter Kasabach, Executive Director, New Jersey Future
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas H. Kean
  • Sen. Ray Lesniak, New Jersey Legislature
  • Matthew Lister, Director & Team Leader, Gehl
  • Eric McIntire, Recovery Support Coordinator, RWJ Barnabas Health
  • Barbara Mintz, Vice President of Community Wellness, RWJ Barnabas Health
  • Tom Moran, Editorial Page Editor, The Star-Ledger/NJ Advance Media
  • Elizabeth Murphy, Director, Creative New Jersey
  • Phil Murphy, announced Democratic Party candidate in New Jersey 2017 Gubernatorial Election
  • Colin Newman, VP, Public Policy and Community Affairs, Audible
  • Gregory Paulson, Executive Director, Trenton Health Team
  • Dana Redd, Mayor, Camden
  • Ingrid Reed, Policy Analyst and retired Director, Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics
  • Peter S. Reinhart, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute, Monmouth University
  • John Schreiber, President & CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
  • Nicky Sheats, Director of the Center for the Urban Environment, Thomas Edison State University
  • Paul Silverman, Founder & Principal, SILVERMAN
  • Lester Taylor, Mayor, East Orange
  • Sen. Joseph Vitale, New Jersey Legislature
  • Al-Nafi Walker, Graduate, Essex County Bloomfield Tech
  • Assemblyman John Wisniewski, New Jersey Legislature
  • Renee Wolf Koubiadis, Executive Director, Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

    *Line-up is subject to change. Additional names to be added as confirmed.