Leadership

Meet our leaders

Lead-Free NJ is led by a Steering Committee that includes a diverse group of policy advocates, practitioners, and community organizers.

They coordinate Lead-Free NJ activities, provide strategic guidance to staff and committees, and serve as representative voices of the collaborative.

Rashan Prailow

Rashan Prailow

Co-chair

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Rashan Prailow is the founder of Think Group LLC, an inspirational speaker, finance professional, and community activist focused on habitable dwelling units, education reform, and juvenile justice reform. Formerly, Rashan served in the White House during the Obama Administration at the Office of Management & Budget and the Presidential Personnel Office. Rashan has collaborated with the New Jersey Department of Education, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Camden City School District, Jean Krauss Youth Leadership and Career Development Forum, Camelot Schools, and Camden County College. Currently, Rashan is a finance manager and consultant. Rashan is a graduate of Camden County College and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing his Master of Finance degree at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business as a member of the Class of 2021.

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Debbie Mans

Debbie Mans

Co-chair

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Debbie most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, where she provided leadership and direction for many of the Department’s climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice efforts. Previously, Debbie served as Baykeeper of the NY/NJ Baykeeper, as well as an environmental and energy policy adviser to former governor Jon S. Corzine. She is the former chair of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, former trustee of New Jersey Future, and current member of the Borough Council in Glen Ridge. Debbie earned a certification from the International Association for Public Participation in Foundations in Public Participation.

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Staci Berger

Staci Berger

President and CEO, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

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As the President and CEO of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, Staci Berger directs this statewide association of over 150 community-based development organizations, created in 1989 to enhance efforts to create affordable housing, revitalize communities, and improve the climate for community development in New Jersey. Prior to joining the Network, Staci worked for nine years with New Jersey Citizen Action, where she went from being an organizer to the Political and Legislative Director. She received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University in 2004. Staci has served as an associate trainer for the Midwest Academy, a leading national training institute for the progressive movement, and worked as a labor organizer with the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO.

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Peter Chen

Peter Chen

Senior Policy Analyst
New Jersey Policy Perspective

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Peter’s work at Advocates for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) has included the coordination of non-profit and community-based organizations in 2020 Census outreach. In addition to Census work, Peter is responsible for policy analysis and advocacy at the state and local levels, in areas such as childhood lead poisoning prevention, chronic absenteeism, paid family leave, and early intervention services for very young children with disabilities. Peter began working at ACNJ as a 2014 Skadden Fellow. Prior to joining ACNJ, Peter clerked for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and taught high school English in Chicago. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington.

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Catherine Klinger

Catherine Klinger

Green and Healthy
Homes Initiative

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Catherine Klinger is Vice President of the Client Services Department at GHHI, where she oversees GHHI’s Site Development and Technical Assistance Division services for jurisdictions across the country. She manages GHHI’s National Lead Campaign and also provides technical assistance to states and municipalities seeking to implement innovative strategies to advance healthy, safe, and energy-efficient affordable housing. Ms. Klinger earned a Master of Public Health from the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health in 2004 and spent part of her career operating direct program services for families to improve housing quality and health outcomes. Kate lives in Philadelphia and enjoys exploring the city with her husband and two children.

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Scott Millard

Scott Millard

Chief Executive Officer
Paterson Habitat for Humanity

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Scott joined Paterson Habitat for Humanity as Chief Executive Officer in June 2019. He is an experienced leader, strategist, program manager, and communicator with an established global track record of turning vision into strategy–and strategy into reality–across industries and sectors. Scott has over 20 years of experience across the corporate, non-profit, and faith sectors, delivering operational success and programmatic change at the confluence of people, process, and technology. He has worked as Global Program Manager at Accenture, Managing Director of Three C Solutions LLC, President & Co-founder of Connor’s House, and Transitional Lead Pastor of Bethlehem Church. Scott has served as a Guest Lecturer and Speaker at universities and hospitals from Philadelphia to Boston, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University. He has served as a member of the Family Promise of Morris County Coordinators Advisory Team and the New Jersey Statewide Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, as well as the Vice Chair of United Cerebral Palsy of Northern, Central and Southern NJ. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Engineering Sciences from Drexel University.

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Imani R. Oakley, Esq.,

Victor Monterrosa, Jr.

Homes for
All Newark

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Victor Monterrosa, Jr. is a people’s lawyer who practices at his own firm, Monterrosa Law, LLC. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law’s Urban Justice Clinic. Before starting his own practice, he worked at Legal Services of New Jersey appealing denials of Social Security benefits. From the fall of 2014 until the summer of 2018, he provided a range of legal services to homeless young people (ages 18-21) at the Youth Advocacy Center of Covenant House New Jersey. Victor is a commissioner of the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board. He is a co-founder and organizer with Homes for All Newark, a broad coalition made up of Newark residents and organizations fighting to defend affordable housing in Newark. He is also a co-founder of the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center (UCELC) and sits on the Community Advisory Council for St. Stephan’s Grace Community Church in the Ironbound.
Imani R. Oakley, Esq.,

Imani R. Oakley, Esq.

Dean of Movement Building
Movement School

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Imani R. Oakley, Esq. is an unabashed fighter for the progressive cause. As Dean of Movement Building at Movement School Campus, Imani taught progressives from marginalized backgrounds how to run electoral campaigns in their communities. In a strategic move to push New Jersey to the left, Imani became the host of the independent news podcast, Upfront NOW!. Staying true to her commitment to the progressive movement, Imani served as the Legislative Director & Regional Organizer for New Jersey Working Families and a Board Member for Repair Now (formerly the Rights Restoration Project), which is a budding nonprofit concerned with helping previously justice-involved citizens understand and regain their voting and expungement rights. Imani is the former Deputy Chief of Staff in the New Jersey Assembly and has also served as a Constituent Advocate in the U.S. Senate, where her portfolio consisted of affordable housing, mortgages, taxes, student loans, consumer protection, pensions, and postal service issues. Imani earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from New York University, and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law.

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Elyse Pivnick

Elyse Pivnick

Senior Director
Environmental Health

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Elyse has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing environmental health projects in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In 1999, she created Isles’ Environmental Health Initiative with funds from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program has since grown to address a broad range of policy and practice challenges in the areas of lead poisoning, asthma, pest management, healthy schools, open space needs, exercise, and nutrition. Elyse has written extensively on lead,health issues, and the need to work across sectors to achieve healthier homes and better services for those already affected by lead. Prior to joining Isles, Ms. Pivnick was a project manager for a civil engineering firm in Austin, TX, where she also served as a member of the Austin Environmental Commission. Additionally, she was the founding executive director of a community development organization in Philadelphia and later became the project coordinator for Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development, overseeing projects that included housing rehabilitation, infrastructure reconstruction, community planning, and organizing. Elyse is a board member of the National Center for Healthy Housing. She has a master’s degree in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Shereyl Snider

Shereyl Snider

Community Organizer,
East Trenton Collaborative

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Shereyl Snider joined East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) in 2019 as a Community Organizer. Originally a New Yorker, she has lived in East Trenton since 2003. As an ETC staff member, Sheryl provides dynamic leadership, amplifies the voices of the marginalized, facilitates collaboration among individuals from diverse backgrounds, and develops a robust commercial and residential community. After moving to Trenton, she earned an associate’s degree in Early Child Care from Mercer County Community College and worked as a substitute teacher in the Hamilton School District for five years. As a neighborhood resident and volunteer at the ETC, she learned how to organize in her local community. In addition to her work in the East Trenton neighborhood, Sheryl is also a member of Galilee Baptist Church, where she is a choir member and President of the Missionary Ministry.
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Tiffany Stewart

Assistant Director and Attorney, City of Newark Department of Water Utilities

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Tiffany Stewart is a Newark native who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. She continued her career in public service at the City of Newark as Attorney for the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities. In her current role, Ms. Stewart handles regulatory compliance and various legal aspects of the Department’s operations, as well as administrative, personnel, procurement, contract management, capital improvement, and infrastructure projects. She also assists the Department’s director with managing the Utility’s budget. Ms. Stewart was responsible for the development, creation, and launch of the Department’s first educational program for students of Newark, the Newark Watershed Science and Leadership Academy. She continues her career in public service and looks forward to making her mark in the community in which she was raised.

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Chris Sturm

Chris Sturm

Managing Director, Policy and Water,
New Jersey Future

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Chris directs the organization’s water programs and policy. Her work, which focuses on efforts to upgrade water infrastructure to support healthy, just, and prosperous communities, includes facilitating the Jersey Water Works collaborative and managing the organization’s work on green infrastructure, water financing, and community organizing. She has built successful teams and collaborations to accomplish legislative, regulatory, and programmatic innovations in areas including climate resilience, state and regional planning, land preservation, and compact, equitable growth. She is a member of the Clean Water Council of New Jersey and the U.S. Water Alliance. Her career experience includes serving as the assistant director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, where she concentrated in Urban and Regional Planning.

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Shevone Torres

Community ORganizer,
Black Lives Matter, NJ

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Shevone Torres is a 41-year-old mother of two and grandmother of two. Torres has been involved in social justice and equity work for more than 20 years. She was born in South Jersey and lived most of her life there. After being directly impacted by lead, Torres decided to use her negative experience as an opportunity to educate and advocate for others in similar situations.

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Lucy-Vandenberg

Lucy Vandenberg

Senior Program Officer,
The Fund for New Jersey

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Lucy Vandenberg is the Senior Program Officer for The Fund for New Jersey. Previously, Lucy served as the Executive Director of PlanSmart NJ, a statewide non-profit research and planning organization that advocates for smart growth. She has a broad background in land use planning, community development, housing, and urban revitalization. She has served as a Planning and Redevelopment Aide in the City of Camden, Executive Director of the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and Senior Policy Advisor for housing and urban revitalization in Governor James E. McGreevey’s administration. She previously worked in the non-profit sector, serving as the Associate Director of the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, a statewide association of affordable housing and community development organizations working to build communities. Ms. Vandenberg is a member of the Trenton Board of Education. She is a graduate of University of Michigan (A.B.) and Rutgers University, with an M.S.W. in policy and planning. She has worked for The Fund for New Jersey since 2013.

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