New Jersey Policy Perspective President Gordon MacInnes is stepping down as president of the think tank, it announced Wednesday.
The Trenton-based organization is launching a nationwide search for his successor, with plans to have a new leader in place later this year. MacInnes will remain with NJPP as a distinguished senior fellow, it said, focusing his research on New Jersey’s preschool education system, its economic impact and opportunities for expansion.
MacInnes has been president of NJPP for six years, during which time the organization quadrupled its revenues, more than doubled its staff and enhanced its reputation as a source of ideas, the organization said.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead New Jersey Policy Perspective in its pursuit for a stronger and more equitable economy,” MacInnes said in a prepared statement. “NJPP is effective because it is disciplined in its selection of issues, reliable in its analyses and flexible in responding to changing political conditions. New Jersey will benefit as NJPP and its dedicated analysts continue to deliver quality results on a campaign-like schedule in support of sensible, progressive policies.
“I am so proud of the work we accomplished over the last six years, and look forward to seeing NJPP thrive under new leadership.”
MacInnes became NJPP’s third president in 2012, after serving as a state assemblyman and senator, as well as assistant commissioner of education, director of the Fund for New Jersey and a lecturer at Princeton University.
“We are immensely grateful to Gordon for his service to the Garden State,” Jun Choi, chair of NJPP’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “Under his leadership, NJPP has become a high-impact, well-respected voice in the halls of the State House and in policy circles across the state.”
The search for a new president will be led by a committee chaired by Marcia Marley, board secretary and trustee. Koya Leadership Partners has been retained to lead the process.
“The board is committed to recruiting a new president who will continue to lead the organization’s rigorous analysis and fact-based approach to New Jersey’s most pressing challenges,” Marley said in a statement.