ROI Influencers: Women in Business 2021 — Economic development

The 2021 ROI Influencers: Women in Business list includes eight sector categories. They are another way we can honor the best women in the New Jersey business world.

Leslie Anderson
New Jersey Redevelopment Authority
Her job is to help steer investments to urban areas. This figures to be an even bigger initiative post-pandemic.

Tai Cooper
Vice president of policy and communications
New Jersey Economic Development Authority
Key player on the EDA team as it works to make sure existing companies receive all of the help and benefits they are entitled to.

Kathleen Coviello
Executive VP – technology, life science and entrepreneurship
She has helped the EDA deploy more than $2 billion in financing for tech businesses — a job the latest incentives act has made even more impactful.

Balpreet Grewal-Virk
Gateway Development Commission
Grewal-Virk, who also serves as VP for community engagement, Northern Region, at Hackensack Meridian Health, will be part of the board pushing for full funding of the Gateway Project.

Eileen Kean
New Jersey state director
National Federation of Independent Business
Hardworking advocate for business community is respected throughout Trenton.

Allison Ladd
Deputy mayor and director, economic and housing development
City of Newark
Growing the city’s base of affordable housing for city residents always is a key indicator of economic health for Newark.

Elizabeth Limbrick
Director of brownfields and sustainable systems
Limbrick will be a sought-after contact with so much in the new incentives package and new budget geared to sustainability-type efforts. 

Natasha Rogers
Chief operating officer and chief strategy officer
City of Newark
Rogers is leading the newly launched Office of Strategy Innovation and Investment, which is focused on urban innovation.

Catherine Scangarella
Chief business development officer
Choose New Jersey
Serves as sector lead for life sciences, clean energy and advanced manufacturing, oversees national and international lead generation and the organization’s India and Europe offices.

Melanie Willoughby
Executive director
Business Action Center
The role of the BAC was never more necessary than during the shutdown of offices and businesses across the state.

  • For the Top 10, click here.

  • For the rest of the Top 50 (alphabetically), click here (A-HH), here (HI-P) and here (Q-Z). 

  • And click here for 10 legendary business figures.

  • For the other sectors and all of the ROI Influencers: Women in Business, click here.