Progress 2019: New Jersey on the National Stage

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. Check out the full agenda here.

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


and Breakfast
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Intro and Keynote
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Featuring Keynote Speaker Kathryn Edin
Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-paid work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. A Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Edin has authored 8 books and some 80 journal articles. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-paid women, men, and children.

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

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

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Moving to Coverage for All: A Progressive Health Care Agenda for New Jersey
Featuring: Ray Castro, NJPP; Maura Collinsgru, New Jersey Citizen Action; Sarah Lechner, RWJBarnabas Health; 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; Nedia Morsy, Make the Road NJ; Erika Nava, NJPP | Moderator: Anastasia Mann, NJPP Trustee

Lunch and Panel Discussion
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Conversation on Democracy and the Media
Featuring: Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker; Mike Rispoli, Free Press Action; Mary Mann, Village Green | Moderator: Brandon McKoy, NJPP

Afternoon Plenary
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Hindsight is 20/20: Revamping New Jersey’s Approach to Economic Development
Featuring: Senator Declan O’Scanlon; Aisha Glover, Newark Alliance; Seth Hahn, CWA-NJ; Jon Whiten, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Moderator: Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio

Closing Address by Governor Phil Murphy
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm