New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), the state’s leading research organization devoted to progressive policy, welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees at its December 18 meeting. William J. Castner Jr., Victor J. Herlinsky Jr. and Anastasia Mann were officially voted in as new trustees, joining the 14 existing members on the nonprofit’s governing body.
Biographies of the new trustees:
William J. Castner, Jr.
William J. Castner, Jr., a partner at the highly regarded Gibbons law firm, is a prominent force in the policy and political world. He is widely associated with reapportionment and South Jersey, and consistently ranks on Politicker’s “Power List” of the 100 most politically influential individuals in the state. He has been the chief counsel to both Gov. Corzine and Speaker Joe Roberts and has been appointed to serve on various government commissions.
Victor J. Herlinsky, Jr.
Victor J. Herlinsky, Jr. has been practicing law in New Jersey for over 20 years and recently joined as partner at the Newark- based law firm Sills Cummis. Herlinsky specializes in commercial litigation and has been appointed to serve on numerous government bodies to handle legal issues stemming from large construction projects. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, he is active in politics at the local, county, state and national levels and has extensive experience advising elected officials and fundraising. Herlinsky has a long history of political and civic engagement and has been a steady supporter of progressive causes.
Anastasia Mann is a resident of Princeton and a former policy analyst at NJPP. She is currently a consultant at the Citizenship NOW Research Initiative at the City University of New York and a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University where, from 2009-2012, she was director of the Program on Immigration on Democracy. Mann holds a PhD in U.S. History from Northwestern University and has published numerous articles and presented her research to various organizations including the United Way, Princeton University, the American Jewish Committee, and the NJ Immigration Policy Network. She was formerly a trustee of Planned Parenthood of Mercer County and is an active participant in Princeton and Mercer County community life.
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