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 June 18 meeting. Jun Choi, Jennifer Langer Jacobs and Marcia Marley were officially voted in as new trustees, joining the 11 existing members on the nonprofit’s governing body.
Biographies of the new trustees:
Jun Choi has a broad range of experiences in government, politics and business. As mayor of Edison, New Jersey’s fifth largest municipality, Jun tackled the big issues including economic development, education, police reform and environmental protection. During his tenure, Edison received several honors including the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in New Jersey, according to Business Week magazine. Prior to his elected role, Jun was an advocate for public education and served as the executive director of the NJ Standards Measurement and Resource for Teaching (NJ SMART) program for the state. He previously served on the Bill Bradley for President campaign.
Jun is currently a real estate executive for Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to entering public service, he worked as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies on business and technology strategy. Jun earned an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s in public policy from Columbia University.
Jennifer Langer Jacobs
Jennifer Langer Jacobs is the vice president, government relations at Amerigroup New Jersey, a Medicaid managed care organization. Previously, she was the director of the New Jersey Charter School Association, following her tenure as the committee aide on education for the Senate Democrats. Prior to that, she served as a Teach for America 5th grade teacher in the Jersey City public schools. Jennifer was a summa graduate of Penn State University and has a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Marcia is the founder and president of BlueWaveNJ, a Montclair-based advocacy organization that supports progressive causes and is among the most effective grassroots organizations in the state. Marcia is also the founder and director of Succeed2gether, a year-round after-school and summer tutorial program for children from low-income families in Essex County. She is an economist with a degree from the University of California-Berkeley, has taught at New York University and served as an economist on emerging markets for investment banks in New York and London.
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