The New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a nonpartisan think tank that advocates for progressive policies, announced today that research director Nicole Rodriguez will be the organization’s next president beginning June 1.
“This is an exciting time for NJPP and the broader progressive movement,” Marcia Marley, the head of the NJPP board’s search committee, said in a statement. “Nicole lives and breathes the values that have guided NJPP’s mission since our founding 25 years ago. No other candidate matched her knowledge, commitment, and dedication to the work NJPP does.”
Rodriguez will succeed Brandon McKoy, who left NJPP last year after more than two years as president to join the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington-based progressive think tank. Serving as president in the interim has been Jon Shure, the founder of NJPP and its original president.
Originally from Boston, Rodriguez worked for four years at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and one year at Community Labor United before joining NJPP in 2019.
“With democratic institutions and basic freedoms under attack in our nation’s halls of power, the need for community-driven policy has never been greater,” Rodriguez said of her new role. “We have a lot of work to do in building a state and economy that works for everyone, and I know that with this team we can get it done.”