Choi succeeds acting Chair Rona Parker, who stepped in after the death of former Chair Kathleen Crotty this summer. Choi, who joined NJPP’s Board in 2013, becomes the sixth Chair since the policy organization’s founding in 1997.
“Jun will continue the tradition of leadership and commitment that Kathy – and her predecessors Jerry Stockman, Susie Wilson, Tim Carden and Bruce Rosen – brought to NJPP as it works to advance progressive state polices that benefit the people of New Jersey,” said Parker.
“NJPP is blessed to have Jun lead its Board,” said Gordon MacInnes, President of NJPP. “He brings a combination of great judgment, personal warmth and commitment to sensible progressive goals.”
Jun brings a broad range of experience in public policy, business and politics to his new role. As mayor of Edison, New Jersey’s fifth largest municipality, Jun tackled the big issues including economic development, fiscal reform, education, public safety and environmental protection. During his tenure, Edison received several honors including the “Best Place to Raise Kids” in New Jersey, according to BusinessWeek magazine.
Prior to his elected role, Jun was an advocate for public education and served as the executive director of a statewide Task Force that developed the NJ Standards Measurement and Resource for Teaching (NJ SMART) program for the Department of Education. He previously served on the Bill Bradley for President campaign.
Jun is currently a Director at 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.
“I’m honored and humbled by the support of Gordon, Rona and our fellow Trustees. NJPP has a nearly 20-year track record of effective advocacy for middle and lower income families based on sound policy and a strong analytic foundation,” Jun said. “I hope to continue that proud tradition while helping grow the organization for even greater impact.”