ROI Influencers: Power List 2021 — Top 30 (Nos. 21-30)

To read about this year’s No. 1, Gov. Phil Murphy, click here.

To read about Nos. 2-10, click here.

To read about Nos. 11-20, click here.

 John Saraceno; Jonathan Schultz
Co-founders and co-managing principals
Onyx Equities

Their efforts on the Gateway buildings in Newark will help transform the city; their willingness and eagerness to embrace suburban office parks will help shape commercial real estate.

 Hans Vestberg

The gaps in the digital divide and the needs of a remote workforce are two issues that have moved to the forefront of state needs — and will remain there. Vestberg is go-to source for insights.

 John Harmon
Founder & CEO
African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

He is the first call when groups finally realize they need to address economic inequities — and his responses let them know he’s only interested in real change, not lip service.

 Mike Maron
Holy Name Medical Center

No single site in the state is vaccinating more people — it handled more than 5,000 on a recent day in Teaneck.

 Steve Rusckowski
Quest Diagnostics

Company’s ability to process an extraordinary number of COVID-19 tests and do it quickly — it’s currently a one-day turnaround — has had huge impact. 

The 2018 Top 10:

  1. Phil Murphy
  2. George Norcross
  3. Steve Sweeney
  4. Tammy Murphy
  5. Jeff Bezos
  6. Sheila Oliver
  7. Tony Coscia
  8. Pete Cammarano
  9. Ras Baraka
  10. Jose Lozano

 Asw. Eliana Pintor Marin; Sen. Paul Sarlo
D-Newark; D-Wood-Ridge
State Legislature

The Budget Committee chairs are key leaders in legislative houses on borrowing, incentives and, soon, the next budget.

 Shirley Tilghman; Lisa Jackson; Denise Morrison
Board members
Restart and Recovery Commission

Murphy relies heavily on the insights of two former leaders of two of the state’s premier entities (Tilghman is a former president of Princeton University; Morrison is the former CEO of Campbell Soup Co.) and Apple executive Jackson.

 Jarrod Grasso
New Jersey Realtors

The governor has had great interest in the booming state of the housing market in New Jersey, relying on Grasso and his group for the latest stats and trends.

 Sheila Oliver
Lieutenant governor
State of New Jersey

Among her many roles and responsibilities is this: She is working tirelessly to convince members of underserved communities to get vaccinated.

 Andy Jassy
Incoming CEO

Amazon is now the state’s largest private employer. How Jassy views the state in the company’s future plans will have extraordinary impact.

To read the rest of the ROI Influencers: Power List 2021, click here.