NJBIA hires Buteas as chief government affairs officer

Christine “Chrissy” Buteas is the New Jersey Business & Industry Association’s new chief government affairs officer, Michele Siekerka, NJBIA’s CEO and president, said Wednesday.

Buteas will start at the association March 1.

Since 2013, Buteas has served as the CEO and president of the Home Care & Hospice Association of New Jersey. She is also president of the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey — a nonprofit dedicated to advancing women in government.

“Chrissy brings a diverse background and wealth of knowledge on various New Jersey business policy issues to NJBIA,” Siekerka said. “From her leadership skills to her ability to build relationships, Chrissy will be a key player for NJBIA as we enter the next chapter in our history as the premier voice for business in New Jersey. We are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Buteas most recently served on the Murphy-Oliver Transition 2018 Healthcare team. She’s also a member of the board of Executive Women of New Jersey.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity at NJBIA to advocate for the needs of the businesses in our state,” Buteas said. “I look forward to working collectively with New Jersey’s business community and state policy makers to improve our economy and affordability.”

Previously, Buteas served as vice president of the Capital Impact Group. She was also a policy specialist at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

“Chrissy is a well-respected advocate in Trenton who I have had the pleasure of working with during my tenure in the Assembly,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Woodbridge). “She will be a tremendous advocate for New Jersey’s business community and I look forward to working with her on policy to improve New Jersey’s economy.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Christine in her prior role and have always found her to be a strong and effective advocate for her constituency,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield). “I have no doubt that she will bring the same passion to NJBIA and will serve New Jersey’s business community well. Congratulations and best of luck.”