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The Jersey Water Works Collaborative

The Power of Collaboration: We can do more by working together to solve this complex problem than any individual or organization can achieve on their own.

Jersey Water Works’ backbone staff provides administrative and programmatic support.

Check out additional backbone staff under each committee.

Backbone Staff Members

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. 

Lauren is the backbone staff for the Asset Management and Finance (AM&F) Committee. 

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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 co-founded MAPA Collaborative, a management consulting firm. Paula received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.

Paula is 100% dedicated to working on the Jersey Water Works collaborative. She is also the backbone staff for the Education and Outreach committee.

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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. 

Jyoti is the Program Manager for the Jersey WaterCheck and serves as a backbone staff in the Data Advisory Committee and the Asset & Management Committee (working closely on Affordability in Water sub-committee).

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Jersey Water Works is a collaborative composed of a diverse group of members. It is not an organization or legal entity. Jersey Water Works is working to transform New Jersey’s inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost-effective solutions that provide communities with clean water and waterways, healthier, safer neighborhoods, local jobs, flood and climate resilience and economic growth.


New Jersey Future staff serve as the “backbone” for Jersey Water Works, coordinating the collaborative’s day-to-day activities in support of its shared purpose under the direction of Chris Sturm. New Jersey Future is also a member of JWW, and its executive director is a member of the Steering Committee.

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