ROI Influencers: Power List 2021 — Government Affairs

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Guillermo Artiles; Bill Palatucci
McCarter & English

Artiles and Palatucci make up a powerful and influential team in Trenton and around the state.

Chrissy Buteas
Chief government affairs officer
New Jersey Business & Industry Association

Buteas has the experience and talent to represent the wide variety of interests of NJBIA members.

Bill Caruso
Managing director
Archer Public Affairs

Remains one of the leading advocates and influencers for the cannabis industry. (And pretty good in the kayak, too.)

Michellene Davis
Executive vice president/chief corporate affairs officer
RWJBarnabas Health

A well-known and sought-after thought leader on health care, social justice and female empowerment.

Uli Diaz
Vice president, government affairs
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

His work on the Horizon’s efforts to change its corporate structure should not be overlooked — and cannot be overstated.

Michael Egenton
Executive vice president of government relations
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

His knowledge, work ethic and professionalism cannot be matched. A pro’s pro.

Karin Elkis
Senior vice president
Optimus Communications

A few people told us we absolutely have to have Elkis on the list — that she’s fantastic and a real influencer in Trenton. 

Kenny Esser
Senior vice president
Hackensack Meridian Health

Artfully managed the balancing act between hospital officials, health care officials and local/state/federal officials.

Dale Florio
Managing partner
Princeton Public Affairs

Many call him the dean of Trenton — what many others emulate and aim to be.

Rudy Garcia

Longtime influencer in state politics, Garcia has elevated the status of MBI-GluckShaw.

Dennis Hart
Executive director
Chemistry Council of New Jersey

A thought leader on the growing number of environmental issues that are popping up in Trenton and around the state.

Leroy Jones
Principal founder
1868 Public Affairs

The soon-to-be head of the state Democratic Party has a distinguished resume in politics, business and government affairs.

Bill Pascrell III
Princeton Public Affairs

He is a longtime power player and well-respected lobbyist on a number of fronts — sports gambling, among others.

Tony Pizzutillo
Pizzutillo Public Affairs

Behind the scenes, he as a major player in helping to get the state’s Economic Recovery Act to the finish line.

Christine Stearns
Director, government affairs
Gibbons P.C.

Longtime veteran of Trenton has a wide range of political and legislative experience, with a specialty in health care.

Rick Thigpen
Senior vice president
Public Service Enterprise Group

Has played a key role in PSEG getting approvals for its game-changing energy efficiency programs.

Patrizia Zita
Kaufman Zita Group

Her team is a go-to source on issues involving energy, offshore wind, health care, cannabis and more.