BSAA Hall of Fame

Since 1994, the Alumni of the Year Award has recognized Bloustein School alumni who have made exemplary contributions to their professions and communities, while demonstrating support of the Bloustein School.

The purpose of the Bloustein School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, inaugurated in 2013, is to showcase and honor the current and all previous recipients of the Alumni of the Year award whose personal and professional accomplishments have been of the highest caliber and brought credit to the school.


Alumni of the Year Recipients (in order of selection)

 

James Hughes

James W. Hughes — 1994


Dr. James W. Hughes is the dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, appointed to that position in 1995. He has been a member of the faculty since 1971. In addition, since 1988 he has also been the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report which, during its 24-year tenure, has produced 35 major economic/ demographic/ housing studies on New Jersey and the New York region.

Dr. Hughes is a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics, and was a contributing editor to American Demographics from 1982 to 1996. He is author or co-author of 33 books and monographs and more than 150 articles, generally focusing on housing, demographics and economic development patterns. Among these are The Atlantic City Gamble, The Dynamics of America's Housing, America's New Market Geography, and America's Demographic Tapestry: Baseline for the New Millennium.  In 2011, he received the Richard P. McCormick Award for Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership.

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Harvey S. Moskowitz — 1995


Harvey S. Moskowitz worked as a professional planner for over 50 years on the local, county, state, and regional levels. He headed his own firm of Harvey S. Moskowitz & Associates and later Moskowitz, Heyer & Gruel for over 40 years. In addition to scores of master plans, technical reports, and zoning codes prepared or directed as part of his work as a planner, he has authored or co-authored numerous articles, monographs, and chapters in books relating to planning and land use including “A Guide for Residential Design Review” with Carl Linbloom, Site Plan Manual, and The Latest Illustrated Book of Development Definitions, also with Carl Linbloom. He has worked in over 200 municipalities throughout the U.S. during his career, and was a guest lecturer in strategic planning in the Republic of China in 2001.

Dr. Moskowitz was a charter member of the NJ Site Improvement Authority Board from 1993 to 2002, served as a director on the national board of the American Planning Association from 1986 to 1990, and served on the NJ Board of Professional Planners from 1975 to 1980, including a term as president from 1978-1979.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association in 1983.

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Maureen Ogden – 1995


Maureen Ogden served as mayor of Millburn, NJ from 1979 to 1981 after serving as the township’s deputy mayor from 1976 to 1979. She was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly to represent the 22nd District in 1981 and was re-elected to an additional four terms of office. She was redistricted to the 21st District following the results of the 1990 Census, and was elected to two terms there. During her tenure, she served as Chair of the Committee on Conservation, Energy and Natural Resources, Chair of the Committee on Arts, Tourism, and Cultural Affairs, as Vice Chair of the Financial Institutions Committee and the Drug Abuse Committee, and as a member of the Health, the Conservation and Natural Resources, and State Government Committees as well as the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

In 1992, Ms. Ogden co-sponsored a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to require its entire fleet of motor vehicles to use remanufactured or retread tires. In 1994 she supported the creation of a $350 million fund that would be used to acquire open space and for farmland and historic preservation and was chief sponsor of a bill in the General Assembly that would give adoptees the opportunity to get access to their original birth certificates. As chair of the Governor's Council on New Jersey Outdoors in 1998, Ms. Ogden targeted raising $1 billion over the next 10 years to be used to preserve 1 million acres of farmland and open space.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, she was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Cogeneration Institute of A.E.E.; was the recipient of the President’s Conservation Achievement Award from The Nature Conservancy and the Public Policy Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation; received a Distinguished Service Award from the N.J. Audubon Society; was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the N.J. Conservation Foundation; and was presented the Public Sector Preservation Award by the N.J. Historic Trust.

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Shirley M. Bishop – 1996


Shirley M. Bishop is a licensed professional planner who is president/owner of her Princeton-based consulting firm, specializing in the affordable housing field and offering consulting services to both municipal and private clients including for-profit and not-for-profit developers.  She served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) from 1994 to 2002 and was responsible for making recommendations to an 11 member COAH board regarding policy, municipal low and moderate income housing plans, regional contribution agreements (RCAs), development fee ordinances, monitoring and motions.

Shirley began her career in the Housing Section of the Middlesex County Planning Board in 1979 and became the Executive Director of the Middlesex County Public Housing Agency and Housing and Community Development Office in 1985. 

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Connie O. Hughes – 1997


Connie O. Hughes was President and Commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), serving from July 2001 to June 2007. Prior to her BPU appointment, Ms. Hughes was the Governors’ Chief of Management and Policy responsible for policy development and implementation across all state agencies, as well as managing the cabinet on a day-to-day basis.

Previously, she was employed at the New Jersey Department of Labor for over 20 years, where she was the first person to rise through the ranks to be appointed the Deputy Commissioner in 2000.  Her commitment to public service in New Jersey is well recognized. She was honored by the Executive Women of New Jersey; named one of Who's Who of New Jersey top business executives; received the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Achievement Award, the American Society of Public Administrators Achievement Award; and named a Distinguished Woman in Labor.

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Redenia C. Gilliam-Mosee – 1998


A prominent and active member of many organizations, Redenia Gilliam-Mosee served as the vice president for government relations and planning at Bally's Park Place and Atlantic City Hilton casino hotels. As community and government liaison, she supervised the distribution of $400,000 a year in casino money to more than 50 regional charities, community groups, ethnic and cultural festivals. She was president of the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club and chairman of the Atlantic/Cape May County Private Industry Council and was elected chairman of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, a position not previously held by a female in the club's 75-year history. She was also the first woman to lead the Greater Atlantic City Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Ms. Gilliam-Mosee was instrumental in the planning and supervision of the construction of Atlantic City's first casino-financed middle- and low-income housing project, Jacobs Family Terrace and helped establish a low-interest mortgage program for casino employees wanting to buy houses in the city.

Ms. Gilliam-Mosee passed away in January 2010 at the age of 60.

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Elizabeth C. (Betsy) McKenzie – 1999


Elizabeth C. McKenzie (Betsy) is a professional planner who has been the president of her own planning consulting firm since 1980. Betsy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association, and she serves on both the New Jersey Site Improvement Advisory Board and the Board of Counselors of New Jersey Planning Officials. Much of Betsy's work has focused on the area of affordable housing planning and compliance.  Not only has she appeared in Superior Court as an expert witness on behalf of municipalities and developers involved in affordable housing litigation, but also she has, on more than two dozen occasions, been appointed by the Court as the Special Master in a Mount Laurel lawsuit.  She has also served as a Court-appointed Mediator in other land use related lawsuits.

Burchell

Robert W. Burchell – 2000


Robert W. Burchell is a Distinguished Professor at the Edward. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Co-Director of the School’s Center for Urban Policy Research. The author of 30 books and more than 50 articles, he is an expert on fiscal impact analysis, land-use development and regulation, and housing policy. Dr. Burchell has served as principal investigator on more than $4 million in research spanning a thirty-year career at Rutgers. One of these efforts included the Impact Assessment of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, as well as "costs of sprawl" studies for the state of Maryland, the Lexington (KY) Metropolitan Area, the Delaware Estuary, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and the South Carolina Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Dr. Burchell is also a licensed professional planner in New Jersey.
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David Listokin – 2000


David Listokin is a Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Co-Director of the School’s Center for Urban Policy Research. He is a leading authority on community and fiscal impact analysis, housing policy, land-use regulation, and historic preservation. He has written and edited 25 books, including The Subdivision and Site Plan Handbook, Development Impact Assessment, The Fiscal Impact Handbook, Living Cities, Landmarks Preservation and the Property Tax, and Mortgage Lending and Race. Over the past two decades, Dr. Listokin has served as principal investigator for a wide range of clients, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of State, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Fannie Mae Foundation, and the Twentieth Century Fund. Dr. Listokin's model residential subdivision and site plan ordinance, co-authored with Carole Walker, has been adopted by New Jersey as the statewide uniform code.
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James G. Bach – 2001


James Bach, The Louis Berger Group’s Chief Operating Officer, has been with the firm for 27 years, starting his career as a senior planner. Before his appointment as COO, Mr. Bach was responsible for LBG’s U.S. operations. As COO, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s business segments and for a major upgrade of the firm’s systems of internal controls. He also serves as the principal-in-charge for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, where LBG is the Port Authority’s program manager. Mr. Bach is a Professional Planner in New Jersey and holds an MCRP in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.
Crawford

James Crawford – 2004


An expert in transportation planning, James Crawford has more than 35 years management experience in public and private transportation positions.  He is the Principal for Integrated Transportation Finance Group, an independent consultant advising States, Toll Agencies and other Consultants on Toll Financing and Operations. Most recently he served as executive director of E-ZPass IAG, the association that manages electronic toll collection in 14 Eastern states. From 1994 to 2005, he served as executive director of the South Jersey Transit Authority, which operates the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport. Jim started his career with the New Jersey Department of Transportation in 1974, steadily working his way up to becoming Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Planning, a position he held for seven years. He is a former Naval Reserve Officer, having served at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
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Nicholas J. Masucci – 2007


Nicholas Masucci began his professional career with Louis Berger & Associates, Inc. (which would later become The Louis Berger Group, Inc.) as a planner, where he led the effort in preparing the solid waste management plan for Abuja, the new capital city of Nigeria, and master development plans for three principal cities in Yemen. 

After spending time as a senior planner with the Middlesex County Planning Board in New Brunswick, Mr. Masucci returned to The Louis Berger Group, where he eventually led the firm’s domestic Economics and Environment Group, pioneering the development of analytical techniques to assess the impacts of major public works construction projects. In his current role as president and CEO of Berger Group Holdings, Mr. Masucci is responsible for the strategic direction and financial oversight of the Group’s companies, which comprise more than 5,000 architects, planners, engineers, economists and environmental scientists across the United States and in 140 countries worldwide and collectively generate revenues of upwards of $1 billion annually.  He was instrumental in establishing the Louis Berger Fellowship program at the Bloustein School, under which students are selected annually for financial support and to assist Louis Berger Group staff on transportation, agricultural development and poverty alleviation assignments around the world.
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Robert G. Sommer – 2011


Robert G. Sommer is president of Rock Entertainment Management, a holding company for the organization that owns the New Jersey Devils National Hockey League franchise and Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. He is responsible for the marketing, communications, and public affairs operations for the team and the arena. In addition, he directs the Institute of Planning and Public Policy Communications at the Bloustein School, where he is a lecturer teaching graduate-level public affairs and media relations courses. Previously, he was president of Observer Media Group, where he was responsible for managing all business and sales operations for OMG’s media properties, which include The New York Observer and Politicker.com. He now serves on OMG’s board of directors.
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Anthony L. Marchetta – 2012


Tony Marchetta, a New Brunswick native, is co-founder of the Bloustein School Alumni Association and a longstanding member of the RU Alumni Relations Advisory Board. He chaired the George Street Playhouse board in its formative years and was responsible for acquisition and preservation of the landmarked Cornelius Low House in Piscataway. He has over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector. Most recently, he was Vice President of LCOR Inc., where he developed multifamily and mixed use projects within the Mid-Atlantic region.

As an executive at LCOR, he managed the development of Gaslight Commons, a 200-unit luxury rental project in the “Transit Village” of South Orange, NJ. This project won the first New Jersey Future “Smart Growth Award” in 2002. Marchetta has also worked for Matrix Development Group and Baker Residential Inc. where he managed teams of attorneys, engineers, architects, environmentalists, and planners seeking approvals for both residential and commercial developments. He has 13 years of public sector service, including 10 years serving as Executive Director of the Middlesex County Department of Housing and Community Development.


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Christiana R. Foglio – 2013

Career Achievement Award

Christiana Foglio spearheads and oversees all of Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc.’s fully integrated real estate activities including multi-family housing, mixed-use redevelopment, market-rate, and affordable housing. An industry veteran with more than 30 years experience in the private and public sectors, she specializes in real estate developments and affordable housing initiatives that reflect each community’s vision, needs and character. Prior to forming CIS, Chris served on behalf of two governors as Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, where she was responsible for over $1 billion of multi-family bond financing and is credited with creating the state’s Housing Policy as well as national awards for innovative state housing initiatives. She also was appointed by Governors Florio and Whitman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing. Prior to joining NJHMFA, she served as President of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, a not-for-profit real estate development company located in New Brunswick, NJ, implementing over $300 million of urban redevelopment projects, reporting to the board of directors of J&J companies. Chris is also credited with creating the foundation of New Brunswick’s economic rebirth. A licensed planner in the State of New Jersey, she is a highly sought-after guest speaker who has garnered numerous business and industry awards.

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Hon. Daniel R. Benson – 2013

Young Alum of the Year

On January 8, 2011, Dan Benson was selected by the Democratic Committeemen and women of the 14th Legislative District to fill the Assembly vacancy left by Linda Greenstein's election to the New Jersey State Senate, and was elected to a full term to the Assembly in November 2011. In public office Dan has focused on investing in our communities to create economic opportunities, improving quality of life, and making New Jersey more affordable. From 2002 to 2005, Dan served his hometown of Hamilton as Councilman, serving as Council President for two years. In March of 2008, Dan was appointed to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders to an unexpired term and won a special Election in November 2008 and re-election in 2009. On the Council, Dan increased the police force to ensure that Hamilton would be one the country's safest communities. He adopted an open space and recreation plan that increased the state and local funding available to the Township. He also worked to protect Hamilton's youth by improving school zone traffic safety while also improving road safety.

Outside his elected office, Dan is the past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton Township. He is a member of the board of the Henry J. Austin Healtch Center, the Young Professionals Board of Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #2622. He is vice president of Friends of the Hamilton Township Library, a life member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, and an alumnus of Leadership New Jersey. Professionally, Dan is a consultant in the energy and telecommunications policy field, having worked for twelve years in public policy and regulatory affairs both in the private and public sectors.