Respected N.J. policy expert and advocate joins River Crossing Strategy Group

Jenellen Duffy

Janellen Duffy has joined River Crossing Strategy Group and will lead the firm’s education practice and will co-lead the firm’s nonprofit practice along with Stephanie Albanese, according to a Monday announcement.

Duffy has over 20 years of experience in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors as an adviser to top policymakers and other state leaders. She worked for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as the education policy adviser and director of policy for Gov. Jon Corzine.

She has also held leadership positions at the Newark Charter School Fund and as the founding executive director of JerseyCAN, the board of which is co-chaired by Gov. Tom Kean.

“Janellen is widely respected as a substantive policy expert, especially in the area of education, higher education and nonprofit advocacy. She has strong relationships with education leaders and stakeholders throughout the state and a deep network of governmental and political relationship relationships from her time in the Governor’s Office and the advocacy community,” RCSG Managing Partner Eric Shuffler said.

Duffy has served on the board of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund, Camden Prep (part of the Uncommon Schools Network) and as a member of Gov. Phil Murphy’s education transition team.

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Janellen for several years in her past roles. We are now fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome her as a member of the River Crossing team and to expand our firm’s capacity to service our client’s needs, especially in the areas of education and nonprofits,” RCSG Partner Kevin McCabe said.