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  • The next meeting of the MLUL Steering Committee will take place on Tuesday, July 18th. Stay tuned for next steps.

Sheena Collum, MPA is the Executive Director of the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter, a statewide planning organization whose mission is to help build stronger communities and provide more choices for how people work and live while meeting the challenges of both growth and change. In her role, Sheena works regularly with local and state officials, professional and nonprofit organizations, and state and federal agencies on arrange of public policy issues affecting New Jersey’s municipalities including smart growth, state and regional planning, transportation, sustainability, economic development, redevelopment and affordable housing.

Additionally, Sheena was elected in May 2015 as the 49th Village President (Mayor) of Township of South Orange Village and was the first female to hold this role in a municipality of 16,000 residents which also serves as home to Seton Hall University.  She is also currently the youngest female municipal executive in the State of New Jersey and has concentrated her priorities around comprehensive planning, economic and transit-oriented development, shared services, public safety, senior services, robust citizen engagement and streamlining municipal operations and customer service through the expansion of technology.

Sheena is a proud alumnus of Seton Hall University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public policy.

Maura McManimon Fennessy is a Government Relations Specialist at Princeton University where she advocates on state legislative and regulatory issues impacting the University, its students, faculty and staff.  She also serves as the Vice President for Policy with the American Planning Association-NJ Chapter.  Before joining the University, Maura worked for over a decade in the land use and housing policy arena, serving as Executive Director of the Office of Smart Growth, and Director of Policy & Planning at the NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, both within the Department of Community Affairs. Maura began her professional career at the U.S. Department of the Interior as Special Assistant to the Secretary. A graduate from Georgetown University, Maura received her Masters in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics.

David is responsible for New Jersey Future’s outreach and assistance to municipalities, with a special focus on coastal communities vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding. He is a licensed professional planner with more than 25 years of land use and environmental planning experience. He has worked as a planning consultant and held positions in local, county, and state planning agencies in New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. David’s work has included master planning; community design; neighborhood planning; downtown redevelopment planning; economic development; and natural resource protection and open space/recreation planning. He has extensive experience in project management and facilitation, specializing in citizen participation, community interaction and project negotiation.

Jennifer M. Coffey is the Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). For 10 years prior, she served as the Policy Director for central New Jersey’s first watershed association, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. She chaired the Upper Freehold Environmental Commission for seven years and also served as a member of the Planning Board. Jennifer is a member of the New Jersey State Water Supply Advisory Council and the New Jersey Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Stockton University and dual Master’s Degrees in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Ben P. Lee, AIA is the current President of American Institute of Architects NJ Chapter (AIA NJ) and Past President of Architects League of Northern New Jersey. He is Managing Principal and CFO at NK Architects a 60 person firm in Morristown, NJ and New York City. He is Registered Architect in 25 States & DC and a Licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey.  For over thirty years, his focus has been in health & wellness design; his planning experience included Architects Renewal Committee in Harlem a community design center, West Paterson Municipal Planning Board and Chinatown Planning Council. Ben’s interest for the communities has made him an advocate at AIA NJ to improve health in the communities through WELL building design and promote connected urban fabric though the design of community public spaces.

Lee has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in Management. He is a Board Certified Healthcare Architect, affiliated with American College of Healthcare Architects, American Society of Hospital Engineers, American Hospital Association, and Healthcare Facilities Management Society of New Jersey. He is also a USGBC LEED accredited professional, FEMA Certification and a member of New Jersey Chapter American Planning Association.