Managing Director, Policy and Water
Policy and Program Coordinator
Community Outreach Manager
Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water
Chris directs policy and water programs at New Jersey Future, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable growth, development and infrastructure investments. Her work focuses on upgrading water infrastructure to support healthy, just and prosperous communities, and includes facilitating the award- winning Jersey Water Works collaborative and managing the organization’s work on green infrastructure, water financing, community organizing and performance metrics. She has built successful teams and collaborations to accomplish legislative, regulatory and programmatic innovations in areas including climate resilience, state and regional planning, land preservation, and compact, equitable growth. She is a recognized expert sought by national, state and local press. Chris is a member of the U.S. Water Alliance One Water Council and her career experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning. Email Chris or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 114.
Paula Figueroa-Vega, Program Manager
Paula is the Jersey Water Works Program Manager and oversees its day-to-day operations. Jersey Water Works is a large and growing collaborative focused on transforming New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure. Paula facilitates this diverse statewide network of people who are shifting the culture and thinking around one of the state’s leading policy issues. Paula has directed a number of programs in the non-profit and higher education sectors and has dedicated close to 10 years working on community engagement initiatives at The College of New Jersey. In 2019, Paula cofounded MAPA Collaborative, a management consulting firm. Paula received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University. Email Paula or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 112.
Lauren Belsky, Program Coordinator
Lauren facilitates the day-to-day operations of the Jersey Water Works collaborative through outreach and communication to the members network. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Lauren worked as a Programming Associate at America’s Grow-A-Row, a non-profit farm that fights food insecurity by donating over 9 million pounds of produce annually throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She also has experience as a Programs and Outreach Intern at the New Weis Center for Education, Arts and Recreation, a non-profit focused on environmental education and local environmental issues. Lauren holds a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Email Lauren or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 106.
Gary Brune, Policy Manager
Gary Brune’s primary focus areas at New Jersey Future are stormwater utilities and lead in drinking water, with ancillary work on energy issues and water financing policy. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Gary was the chief financial officer at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He also served as the executive director of the Transportation Trust Fund, developing policy options for program reauthorization. Prior to DOT, Gary worked at the New Jersey Office of Management and Budget, rising to the position of associate director. At OMB, he was responsible for developing budget recommendations for transportation, environmental protection, and capital/infrastructure, among other areas. During this time, Gary also served on the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning. Gary received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Dayton in Ohio and Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. Email Gary or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 119.
Andrew Tabas, Policy and Program Coordinator
Andrew coordinates New Jersey Future’s Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure program, aimed at moving green stormwater infrastructure practices into the mainstream. Andrew also coordinates the Green Infrastructure Committee of the Jersey Water Works collaborative. Prior to joining New Jersey Future, Andrew investigated the potential of water markets and incentives to help alleviate eastern England’s anticipated supply-demand gap at the University of Oxford – Nature Conservancy Water Partnership. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Email Andrew or reach by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 109.
Moriah Kinberg, Community Outreach Manager
As community outreach manager, 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.
Jyoti Venketraman, Program Manager
As Program Manager, Jyoti helps the Jersey Water Works Collaborative create data metrics to improve water infrastructure. She formerly worked at another statewide nonprofit managing a diverse portfolio of projects. She has experience in program evaluation, policy research, and public health through a decade-long career in social justice issues of health and equity. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, a post- graduate degree in Health Management, and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from India. Email Jyoti or reach her by phone at 609-393-0008 ext. 117.