Managing Director, Policy and Water
Planning and Policy Manager
Community Outreach Manager
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.
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.
Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Manager
As planning and policy manager, 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 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.