Urban Land Institute appoints two as district co-chairs for Northern Jersey

Urban Land Institute Northern New Jersey recently appointed Elizabeth Limbrick, director of brownfields and sustainable systems at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and Dan Johnson, account director for R&J Strategic Communications, as district council co-chairs for 2025-2027. Limbrick and Johnson succeed Thomas Trautner and Anthony Ianuale, who, after four years as district council co-chairs, will transition off their roles to serve as governance co-chairs.

In her role with NJEDA, Limbrick leads the authority’s efforts on brownfields to create thriving and inclusive communities by addressing environmental and economic justice issues using holistic integrated approaches. She is responsible for developing and administering the $300 million Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive tax credit program, supporting real estate development initiatives and leading the authority’s efforts on environmental justice and climate resilience strategies. Limbrick has served as a dedicated volunteer with ULI NNJ since 2021 and has worked closely with the organization’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Johnson leads the commercial real estate practice for R&J Strategic Communications, a Bridgewater-based full-service integrated marketing and public relations agency. In his role with R&J, he serves as a trusted counselor to some of the region’s most prominent commercial real estate and professional service businesses. Working closely with senior executives, Johnson’s leadership and strategic thinking allow clients to embrace a mix of paid, earned, social and owned communications tactics to capitalize on opportunities in the competitive northern New Jersey real estate market. Johnson has most recently served as PR chair for the ULI NNJ District Council Advisory Board and has served as an UrbanPlan volunteer and city council member with the organization’s East Brunswick High School program since its inception.

“Elizabeth and Dan bring substantial experience, dedication and leadership to their new roles as district council co-chairs,” Mara Winokur, executive director of ULI NNJ, said. “Elizabeth’s expertise in brownfield redevelopment and sustainable systems, coupled with Dan’s strategic acumen in commercial real estate communications, make them the ideal team to build upon Thomas and Anthony’s work in guiding the future of ULI NNJ. I am thrilled to work with them and see the positive impact they will make on our organization.”

ULI NNJ has also announced additional district council leadership changes for Fiscal Year 2025:

  • Young Leaders Group co-chairs: Andre Balthazard, senior associate of the Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group, Cushman & Wakefield, and Daniel Grant, executive director, ENV;
  • Treasurer: Michael Mastruzzo, managing director, real estate practice leader, Centri Business Consulting;
  • Business Development co-chairs: Patrick Carino, vice president of development, NRP Group LLC, and Sal Forgione, senior architectural project manager, client development leader, HDR;
  • Student Scholarship Committee co-chairs: Sunny Xiao, senior manager, BIM/design technology, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Eric Fang, principal and practice area leader at Perkins Eastman;
  • UrbanPlan co-chairs: Mike Mastruzzo, managing director, Real Estate Practice leader, and Michael Lachs, vice president, JLL;
  • WLI co-chairs – Kristen Wolansky, project development manager, AWT Environmental Services Inc., and Christina Haahs, marketing manager at THA Consulting;
  • DEI co-chairs: Haahs and Barbara Faga, professor of professional practice in urban design, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy;
  • Large Scale Capital Investment chair: Sal Forgione, architecture client development lead, HDR;
  • PR/Social Media co-chairs: Johnson and Courtney Mulligan, vice president of marketing, Russo Development.