NJPP inks Marley as new board chair

New Jersey Policy Perspective in Trenton announced Wednesday that Marcia Marley has been named the new chair of its board of trustees.

Marley is succeeding Jun Choi, the former mayor of Edison, who was chair since 2016. Jon Shure, founder and inaugural president of NJPP, has been named vice chair of the board.

“I am honored to chair the Board of NJPP, the state’s most influential and successful progressive ‘think-and-do tank,’” Marley said. “I look forward to working with our outstanding new president, Brandon McKoy, and board vice chair Jon Shure to achieve the organization’s mission of economic prosperity and justice for all. In this period of unprecedented inequality, NJPP’s research and leadership have never been more relevant or necessary.”

Marley, who’s been on NJPP’s board since 2013, most recently served as its secretary. She is the founder and president of BlueWaveNJ, a Montclair-based grassroots organization that advocates for public policy. Previously, she taught macroeconomics at New York University.

Shure founded NJPP in 1997 and served as the think-tank’s president until 2009. He then was named director of state communications for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He returned to NJPP’s board in 2018 and currently is the senior director at Taft Communications in Lawrenceville.

“I’m proud of all that NJPP has accomplished through 22 years of promoting economic justice,” Shure said. “I’m prouder still to reconnect under the leadership of Brandon and Marcia at a time when so many hardworking people in New Jersey still struggle to build a future.”