Managing Director, Policy and Water
Director of Communications
Planning and Policy Associate
Community Outreach Coordinator
Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water
Chris directs New Jersey Future’s water programs to upgrade urban water infrastructure, facilitate Jersey Water Works, and mainstream green infrastructure. She also leads New Jersey Future’s policy development and advocacy across a host of issues including sustainable infrastructure, climate resilience, regional planning and incentives for compact, equitable growth. She spearheads collaborative efforts to reshape land use policies and public investments so that they strengthen communities. Chris is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey and the U.S. Water Alliance. Her career experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation, as well as working for the MSM Regional Council (now PlanSmart NJ), the Eagleton Institute, and the Office of State Planning. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning. Email Chris or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.
Ed DiFiglia, Program Manager
As program manager, Ed provides day-to-day supervision of the Jersey Water Works collaborative, which is working to upgrade New Jersey’s water infrastructure with cost-effective, sustainable solutions. Before joining New Jersey Future’s staff, Ed worked at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association protecting water quality and environmental resources through local engagement with residents, volunteers and other stakeholders. Ed holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont and a master’s degree in legislative affairs from The George Washington University. Email Ed or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 112.
Brian Caycho, Program Coordinator
Brian helps coordinate and support New Jersey Future’s backbone functions for the Jersey Water Works collaborative. His professional experience includes internships at an accredited land trust, an academic research institution, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. His work has involved organizing and facilitating programs as well as conducting research. Brian holds a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior from Rutgers University. Email Brian or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.
Elaine Clisham, Director of Communications
Elaine is responsible for communications and engagement across all media between the organization and its constituencies. Prior to joining the organization in March 2011, she spent more than 30 years in advertising sales and marketing at several New Jersey newspaper organizations and at its statewide trade association. Most recently she was the director of marketing and of targeted solutions at the American Press Institute, a national newspaper industry think tank, where she was involved in a multi-year research project focused on new digital business models for newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in Community Planning with a concentration in housing and community development policy from the University of Maryland; an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University; and an A.B. in English from Princeton University. Email Elaine or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 102.
Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Associate
As a planning and policy associate, Kandyce works on New Jersey Future’s green infrastructure project, an initiative funded by the William Penn Foundation designed to assist communities in the Pinelands and Highlands in using green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff pollution and flooding. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Kandyce worked on brownfield redevelopment at the City of Camden Redevelopment Agency. Kandyce holds a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Spelman College. Email Kandyce or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 108.
Moriah Kinberg, Community Outreach Coordinator
As Community Outreach Coordinator, Mo is responsible for New Jersey Future’s outreach and engagement activities in several North Jersey urban communities that are currently dealing with flooding, health and redevelopment issues stemming from inadequate water systems. Mo has community and campaign organizing experience, working with nonprofit organizations and labor unions. She has worked on campaigns from the ground up, ranging from transportation and education to food policy and environmental justice issues. She has effectively brought stakeholder groups together to form strong coalitions who have collectively passed legislation and won public policy changes. Email Mo or reach her by phone at 510-452-7178.