Progress 2019: New Jersey on the National Stage

From passing a $15 minimum wage to pushing back against the federal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, New Jersey is on the national stage in a way it hasn’t been in decades. The question now becomes: how do we maintain this momentum and continue to advance progressive policies that will both strengthen our state’s assets and deliver the investments and supports that New Jerseyans desperately need?

Join NJPP on Friday, May 10th at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick for our annual policy conference as we explore the long-term solutions that spread prosperity to every resident in every corner of the Garden State.


9:00 am – 10:00 am – Intro and Keynote

10:00 am – 11:00 am – Morning Plenary Panel

For the Many: A State Budget that Invests in All New Jerseyans
Featuring: Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio; John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight;
Milly Silva, 1199 SEIU
Moderator: Brandon McKoy, NJPP

11:15 am – 12:45 pm – Breakouts

Moving to Coverage for All:
A Progressive Health Care Agenda for New Jersey
Featuring: Joel Cantor, Rutgers University; Ray Castro, NJPP;
Maura Collinsgru, New Jersey Citizen Action; Claire McAndrew, Families USA

Moderator: Heather Howard, NJPP Trustee

Mind the Gaps: Advancing Racial Equity with State Tax Policy
Featuring: Demelza Baer, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice;
Misha Hill, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy;
Michael Mitchell, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Sheila Reynertson, NJPP
Moderator: Henry Coleman, NJPP Trustee

Here to Stay: Resisting Attacks on Immigrants with State Policies
Featuring: Johanna Calle, New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice; Avideh Moussavian, National Immigration Law Center; Erica Martinez, Make the Road NJ; Erika Nava, NJPP
Moderator: Stacy Mann, NJPP Trustee

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch Conversation on Civic Information

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Afternoon Plenary

Hindsight is 20/20:
Revamping New Jersey’s Approach to Economic Development
Featuring: Senator Declan O’Scanlon; Seth Hahn, CWA-NJ

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Closing Address


More speakers to be announced soon…


Early registration discount extended through March 31.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact David Nelson ( for more information.