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Thomas G. Dallessio AICP/PP/CPM/FRSA

Executive Director

Tom is a licensed professional planner, policy expert, university instructor and nonprofit executive with over three decades of experience in the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors. He’s been an independent consultant to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and an instructor at two major research universities. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, where he teaches Comprehensive Planning and Planning & Land Use Administration.

Tom served as President, CEO and Publisher of Next City – a nonprofit organization that inspires social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events. Tom was Senior Policy Advisor to two Governors, founded the Center for Resilient Design and taught Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Public Manager, Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and an Alumni Member of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. Tom serves as Vice President of Policy at the American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter and was awarded the B. Budd Chavooshian Award for Outstanding Professional Planner.

He received his Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts from the Eagleton Institute of Politics and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers College.


Thomas G. Dallessio AICP/PP/CPM/FRSA
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