Bluhm leaving NJBIA to become business ombudsman at BPU

Sara Bluhm will become the business ombudsman at the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, it was announced Friday.

Bluhm, a vice president for energy and environment at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, moves on after 18 years at NJBIA. Her last day will be May 9.

“Helping business over the past 18 years has been very rewarding,” Bluhm said. “I look forward to working with the Murphy administration and Board of Public Utilities President (Joe) Fiordaliso as they transform the energy economy and help businesses access the many programs available to help save money and reduce energy consumption.”

Bluhm began working for NJBIA as a legislative affairs associate after graduating from Rutgers University’s Douglass College. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming director for energy & federal affairs in 2004 and later assistant vice president in 2006. Bluhm was promoted to vice president in 2011.

NJBIA CEO and President Michele Siekerka said Bluhm is a perfect choice for BPU.

“Sara is well respected in Trenton for her expansive knowledge of energy-related issues, as well as her tireless advocacy for the business community,” she said. “The expertise she is bringing to her new position means the state’s commercial and industrial energy users will have a valuable intermediary working on their behalf.

“Although this is a personal loss to us at NJBIA, we are very excited for Sara as she takes on this new opportunity with the Murphy administration where she can continue working on programs that encourage business growth and expansion in New Jersey.”