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Our team of experts set the highest standard for government relations, public affairs, and association management services in New Jersey. As we have grown, gaining a very successful reputation throughout the state, we have gathered a team of some of the most highly qualified professionals, each with their own specialty and experiences.

Roger Bodman

Roger Bodman is widely respected for his depth of knowledge of state government and politics. He has served in gubernatorial cabinet posts, guided presidential campaigns in New Jersey, and appeared as a political commentator for NJTV, formerly New Jersey Network, for more than 35 years.

Early in his career, Bodman served as district office manager for the late New Jersey Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick and as chief of staff for former New Jersey Congressman James Courter. In 1981, he was selected as manager of Tom Kean’s campaign for governor. Following Governor Kean’s victory, Bodman was named to two cabinet posts. As the State Commissioner of Labor, he implemented extensive legislative reforms of the unemployment insurance program. Later, as the State Commissioner of Transportation, he was the chief advisor to the governor on transportation matters. He also served as chairman of New Jersey Transit.

In 1987, Bodman was appointed by the governor to chair the Study Commission on Regulatory Efficiency, a role that earned him the Alliance for Action’s Eagle Award. In 1988, he served as vice chairman of the New Jersey Bush for President committee.

A native of Bernardsville, New Jersey, Bodman graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1974 with a degree in political science. Bodman was also a visiting professor at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.

 

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Hometown: Bernardsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: Appointed in 1982 by Governor Thomas Kean, I was the youngest New Jersey Department of Labor Commissioner at age 29

First Political Position: Driver, followed by District Office Manager, for United States Congresswoman Millicent Fenwick

Titles Held: Congressional Chief of Staff, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Transportation, Chair of New Jersey Transit, Governor’s Campaign Manager, Political Commentator

Awards: “Good Guy” Award, Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey; PolitickerNJ Power List; NJBIZ Power List; Eagle Award, New Jersey Alliance for Action

Education: Ohio University, cum laude

Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers

Hobbies: Golf, boating, and restoring old vehicles

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As a top democratic strategist, William Maer is a well-respected lobbyist and political operative with a career spanning more than 25 years. He served in several government positions, including aide to former Governor James Florio, chief of staff to Congressman William J. Pascrell, Jr., associate executive director of the Assembly Democratic Legislative Leadership Office, and senior advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s 2009 statewide campaign. Maer is a leading Democratic political consultant, having worked on dozens of campaigns at virtually every level of New Jersey politics. Currently, Maer is the top advisor and strategist for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and serves as chief spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff.

Since its inception, Maer has consecutively been named one of New Jersey’s top political insiders as part of PolitickerNJ’s Power List. Appointed by two governors, Maer served on the New Jersey Building Authority, the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees, and as a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member of the credential committee for the 2016 Democratic National Committee Convention.

Maer received his bachelor’s degree in government from Clark University in Massachusetts, and in 1990, he was granted a master’s degree in political science from Villanova University.

 

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Hometown: Teaneck, but currently living in Manasquan, N.J.

Fun-Fact: During college, I had my first full-time campaign job as field organizer for Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis’s 1988 Presidential National Campaign. I covered six states, starting in the early primary of New Hampshire and ending on Election Day in Ohio.

First Full-Time Professional Political Position: Aide to New Jersey Governor James Florio

Titles Held: Aide, Governor Florio; Policy Advisor, Speaker and Democratic Leader; Congressional Chief of Staff, Congressman Bill Pascrell; Senior Political Advisor, Governor Jon Corzine; Campaign Manager; Political Consultant; Media Spokesman; Member, 2016 Democratic National Convention Credentials Committee

Awards: PolitickerNJ Power List since its inception; appointed by two governors to the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees and the New Jersey Building Authority

Education: Clark University, bachelor’s degree in government; Villanova University, master’s degree in political science

Favorite Food: Clifton’s famous Rut’s Hut’s “Ripper” Hot Dog

Hobbies: Politics, cooking, drinking coffee, traveling, swimming, and playing Skee Ball with my daughter

Joseph Simonetta, who joined the firm in 1991, has worked in political advocacy and association management for nearly 40 years, starting with his first role as campaign chairman for the Mayor of Phillipsburg in 1973 and chair of volunteers for Congresswoman Helen Meyner in 1974. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as legislative director, followed by chief of staff, at the mayor’s office in Trenton and legislative liaison for Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo.

Considered an expert in public policy and legislation, Simonetta was appointed chair of the Advocacy Committee of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) IgCC Task Force in 2012 and currently chairs the Advocacy Subcommittee, creating a strategy for the AIA’s state and local components. Simonetta has received awards for his success in association management, including Association Executive of the Year and the 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive.

Simonetta has earned the designation of Certified Association Executive, the highest certification in the association management field. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business and political science from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

 

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Hometown: New Hope, Pa.

Fun-Fact: I was the youngest Executive Director of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors at age 26

First Political Position: Legislative Director at the Mayor’s Office in the City of Trenton

Titles Held: Chief of Staff, Mayor’s office, City of Trenton; Legislative Liaison, Assemblyman Francis McMannimon and Assemblywoman Helen Szabo

Awards: Association Executive of the Year, 1991 New Jersey Society of Association Executive

Education: Mount Saint Mary’s College, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelors of Science

Favorite Food: Pasta of any kind

Hobbies: Golf, boating, travel, and cooking

Joe DeSanctis

Joseph DeSanctis, Partner, has extensive knowledge of the legislative and executive branches stemming from more than 25 years of advocacy on behalf of a diverse client base. He has advocated for clients in industries ranging from major corporations and government entities, to trade organizations and professional associations. He has specialized knowledge in the areas of transportation, energy, and water systems, as well as environmental issues.

Mr. DeSanctis has also represented many clients at the local level on various projects. These include commercial and residential developments, the siting of natural gas pipelines, and other energy-related projects throughout the State. Mr. DeSanctis has helped clients in developing a community relations plan, establishing contacts with key officials and stakeholders, and provide grassroots support. He has assisted in timely acquisition of State and local permits, along with coordinating other results-oriented solutions across various state agencies.

Mr. DeSanctis has served as Manager of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, on whose behalf he worked on legislative and regulatory issues and other matters affecting the engineering community’s permitting process and also served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers.

Mr. DeSanctis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Public Administration from Trenton State College.

 

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Hometown: Trenton, currently living in Newtown, Pa.

Fun-Fact: When I was 13 years old, I scored 51 points in a basketball game. I also enjoy playing golf and had two hole-in-ones.

First Full-Time Professional Political Position: Director of Government Affairs for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers

Titles Held: Newtown Committeeman; Member, Newtown Economic Development Committee; Member, New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Advisory Committee

Education: Trenton State College, bachelor’s degree in political science/public administration

Favorite Food: Most food items that begin with the letter “P”, such as pizza, pasta, and polenta

Hobbies: Golf, attending car shows, watching college football, and vacationing with the family

Tracie DeSarno

Tracie DeSarno, partner, has more than 30 years’ experience representing major corporations, institutions, and associations, and municipal, county and state government in Trenton and Washington. At Public Strategies Impact, she is responsible for a broad range of issues, including healthcare, financial services, telecommunications and entertainment. Throughout her career, she has successfully represented clients on major legislative initiatives and budget deliberations.

Ms. DeSarno has been with PSI for more than 25 years. She came to the firm from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she served as government affairs assistant to the president of New Jersey’s premier technology university. Previously, she served nearly 10 years as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Essex County, gaining invaluable experience in government operations from the municipal to federal level.

During her tenure with Essex County, she was the County Executive’s liaison to the State Legislature, state agencies and the 22 municipalities in the county. She was responsible for legislative initiatives at the state and federal level, and assisted in grant procurement and state budget analysis, successfully directing additional state funding to the county.

Ms. DeSarno is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology. She has served as an elected member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, and as a member of the Union County College Board of Governors. She also served for years as a PTA president and executive board member in Union Township.

In 2008, the New Jersey Hemophilia Association recognized Ms. DeSarno as the recipient of its Congressman Dean A. Gallo Memorial Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership.

 

Fast Facts

Hometown: Union, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I worked for the first elected County Executive in Essex County. During that time, I met my husband who was working for Senator Bill Bradley.

First Political Position: Intern, followed by Legislative Aide, for Assemblyman Peter Shapiro

Titles Held: Legislative Aide, Assemblyman Peter Shapiro; Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Essex County; Assistant to the President, New Jersey Institute of Technology; Democratic State Committee member, Board of Governors member, Union County College

Awards: Dean A. Gallo Award for Distinguished Legislative Leadership, Hemophilia Association of New Jersey; New Jersey Women’s Power List; Vlunter Services Award, D.A.R.E New Jersey

Education: Douglass College, Rutgers University, magna cum laude

Favorite Food: Eggplant parmigiana

Hobbies: Reading anytime anywhere, but especially on the beach!

Matt Halpin

Matthew Halpin joined Public Strategies Impact in 2001 after serving as manager of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. There, Matt was responsible for issue areas that included economic development, international trade, and corporate taxation. Coming from a large association, Mr. Halpin brings management skills along with government relations experience that complements the firm’s association management division.

Matt’s lobbying efforts at PSI span a variety of business issues for corporate clients and several trade associations. He advocates on behalf of clients from the following industries: energy, real estate, finance, healthcare, sports & entertainment, death-care, port transportation, and municipal government. He participates on project teams with corporate clients to help manage the public affairs components of the overall project. In addition, his efforts in our association management practice include serving as executive director of both the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers and the NJ
Academy of Ophthalmology.

In 2003, Mr. Halpin received a Master’s in Business Administration from the Rutgers Business School. He also has a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Rutgers College and is an associate of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. In Matt’s spare time he enjoys coaching his children and playing in the Golden Dome Softball League for the New Jersey Senate team.

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Hometown: Robbinsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I am an Eagles season ticket holder

First Political Position: Intern for the Republican State Committee

Titles Held: Manager, Government Relations, State Chamber of Commerce; Executive Director, New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology (current); Executive Director, New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers (current)

Awards: Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers; Golden Sneaker Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Education: Rutgers University, MBA in finance; Rutgers University, bachelor’s degree in political science; Eagleton Institute of Politics, Associate

Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes

Hobbies: Coaching youth sports, golf, and Golden Dome softball league

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Joshua Hodes, is a Partner at Public Strategies Impact, a government relations, public affairs and association management firm located in Trenton, NJ. Previously, Mr. Hodes served as Chief of Staff to the Assembly Majority Leader and as senior staff member of the Assembly Majority Office, advising the Assembly Democratic Caucus on public policy initiatives. Prior to joining the Assembly Majority Office, Mr. Hodes served as an associate in government relations at Public Strategies Impact.

Mr. Hodes is active in local, state and national politics. In 2008, he served as a political advisor to the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in New Jersey and was a member of the NJ Delegation as a page at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Mr. Hodes also served on the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s Committee on Vacancies, which was responsible for selecting the New Jersey Electoral College members.

In 2016, Mr. Hodes served as a member of the Rules Committee for the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Hodes serves as a gubernatorial appointment to the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority. He currently serves as Chairman for the Authority.

In addition, Mr. Hodes serves as an Advisory Board Member to the New Leaders Council of New Jersey. The mission of the New Leaders Council (NLC) is to train and support the next generation of progressive political entrepreneurs.

Mr. Hodes received his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and a Master’s in Labor and Employment Relations from Rutgers University.

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Hometown: Sea Girt, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I served as a member of the Rules Committee at the Democratic National Convention

Titles Held: Chief of Staff to the Assembly Majority Leader; Senior Staff, Assembly Majority Office; Treasurer, Educational Facilities Authority

Interests: Serving on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey New Leaders Council and as Chairman of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority

Education: Rutgers University, Bachelor of Science; Rutgers University, master’s degree in labor and employment relations

Favorite Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and jogging at the Jersey Shore

Ed Mount

Edward Mount has more than 30 years of service in the public sector. He served as Assistant State Treasurer and Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Labor during the administration of former Governor Whitman. He also served as the first Chief Information Officer for the Department of Treasury and was Director of Systems and Communications for the New Jersey State Police. Mount brings extensive expertise to the firm in the areas of government IT marketing and government procurement practices.

Mount has an extensive information technology background and sat on the State of New Jersey Information Resources Management Commission, the Office of Information Technology Governing Board, and the State of New Jersey Information Technology Leadership team. He also served as a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Automation and Technology National Committee for the Interstate Conference of State Employment Agencies.

As Assistant State Treasurer, Mount was the Treasurer’s representative on various boards, including the New Jersey State Aquarium, the South Jersey Port Corporation, and the Governor’s Commission for the Preservation and Use of Ellis Island.

In addition to his experience at the state level, Mount was Mayor of Bordentown Township, Burlington County and served on the Township Committee for six years. He was appointed to the Executive Board, New Jersey State League of Municipalities and served on various committees.

Mount is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New Jersey, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

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Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.

Fun-Fact: I love Hilton Head Island in South Carolina

First Political Position: Mayor of Bordentown Township, N.J.

Titles Held: New Jersey Assistant State Treasurer; Assistant Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Labor; Chief Information Officer, Treasury Department; Mayor; Deputy Mayor; Director, Public Safety Systems; State Police; Executive Board Member, New Jersey League of Municipalities

Awards: Governor’s Proclamation for Excellence in Government, Governor’s Award for Management Improvement, Ellis Island Preservation Commission Award

Education: LeMoyne College, bachelor’s degree in labor relations; United States Air Force Electronics School

Favorite Food: Chocolate chip cookies

Hobbies: Travel, golf, and the gym

John Holub has more than 23 years of experience in campaign management and issue advocacy. In addition to his role at PSI, Holub serves as president & CEO of the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and executive director of the New Jersey Council of Chain Drug Stores. In these roles, he represents more than 3,900 store locations as the chief lobbyist for the retail industry association. His responsibilities include association management and government affairs, including direct lobbying, grassroots, political action, and media relations.

Previously, Holub served as the New Jersey state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, where he represented 11,000 members. Additionally, he held roles as campaign manager and consultant for many politicians, including former U.S. Representative/Senatorial candidate Dick Zimmer and Mercer County executive Bob Prunetti. He also served as an aide to Governor Christie Todd Whitman during her first term in office.

Holub received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. He currently resides in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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Hometown: Robbinsville, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I was the off-stage announcer who introduced Governor Christie Whitman at countless events, including the Inauguration, Inaugural Ball, and Capital Dome Re-Dedication

First Political Position: Assistant (volunteer) to Deputy Campaign Manager for the People for Whitman

Titles Held: Aide to the governor; Political Director; Campaign Manager; Political Media Consultant; State Director, National Federation of Independent Business – New Jersey; President & CEO, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

Awards: Winner in PolitickerNJ’s Winner & Losers Feature, noted to have “mastered the inside game”

Education: Syracuse University, bachelor’s degree in political science

Favorite Food: De Lorenzo’s tomato pies

Hobbies: Anything with my two children and following Syracuse basketball, football and lacrosse

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart worked in the state legislature for the Assembly Republican Majority office. During this time, he worked closely with legislators, forming policy and helping educate assembly members on important issues. Stewart was responsible for staffing many assembly committees, including the budget, consumer affairs, regulated professions, and labor committees.

Stewart served as principal policy advisor to the Republican Majority Leadership and caucus on economic development, changing financial issues with the state budget and relaying needs from the business community.

A lobbyist since 2001, Stewart has worked on a broad range of issues for his clients. Working with larger and smaller clients, he uses his working knowledge of the legislature, state departments, and the Governor’s office to achieve the goal of the client.

He has developed a strong working knowledge of the insurance industry and labor arena, specifically dealing with workers compensation issues. Stewart handled other diverse clients in the pharmaceutical industry, manufacturing sector and temporary staffing industry.

Stewart is a 1996 graduate of Villanova University, where he earned his degree in political science.

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Hometown: Voorhees, N.J.

Fun Fact: My father, H. Donald Stewart, was elected to the New Jersey Assembly from 1972 to 1982. He represented the third legislative district of Cumberland, Salem, and Gloucester Counties.

First Political Position: Intern for the New Jersey Assembly Republican office

Titles Held: Committee Aide, Research Assistant, Chapter President, Executive Director

Awards: Father of the Year, presented by my three children Emily, Ryan, and Alexandra

Education: Villanova University

Favorite Food: Cheesesteaks

Hobbies: Going to sporting events with my family and summers at the Jersey Shore

Lou Goetting

In October 2014, Lou Goetting and his firm NJ Advisors, specializing in public policy consulting services for both public and private clients, formed a strategic partnership with PSI. Goetting has nearly 45 years of experience in executive level service in municipalities, higher education, and state government.

Goetting’s government experience includes serving as Governor Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff and cabinet secretary, where he was the point person on the state budget and department performance issues for the Governor’s Office. He also was a member of the Governor Whitman administration, holding the titles of assistant state treasurer and deputy state treasurer; administrator of three New Jersey communities for 20 years; commissioner for the Public Employment Relations Commission; and chair of the New Jersey Pension and Benefits Review Commission. Currently, Lou is a Board Member of NJ Economic Development Authority.

Additional experience includes working as the vice president of administration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and executive vice president of administration at Brookdale Community College. Goetting currently lives in Ocean County with his family.

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Hometown: Point Pleasant, N.J.

Fun-Fact: I worked in the administration of Governor’s Cahill, Whitman, and Christie.

First Political Position: Director of the nation’s largest Youth for Nixon in 1968 Ridgewood, New Jersey

Titles Held: Township Administrator; Deputy State Treasurer; Vice President, Administration, UMDNJ; Executive Vice President, Brookdale Community College; Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor

Awards: Man of Year, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Achievement of the Year, Association of Government Accountants; NJBIZ Power List; PolitickerNJ Power List

Education: Lafayette College, bachelor’s degree; Fairleigh Dickinson University, M.P.A.

Favorite Food: Seafood

Hobbies: Sailing, boating, fishing, and wooden boats

Brendan Gill and his firm the BGill Group, a full-service public affairs and consulting firm, formed a partnership with PSI in November 2017. Gill has more than 20 years of experience in campaign management, government, and public affairs.

Gill’s previous government experience includes serving as state director for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, senior advisor to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, district director for U.S. Congressmen Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman, chief of staff to Assemblyman Peter Eagler, and communications director for the New Jersey Department of Transportation under two commissioners. Gill was elected to the Essex County Board of Freeholders in 2011 and reelected as free-holder in 2014 and 2017.

In addition to his government roles, Gill has extensive campaign experience. He served as campaign manager for Governor-Elect Phil Murphy in 2017, Senator Frank Lautenberg in 2009, and Cory Booker in 2014. He has also held campaign positions at virtually every level of government, including for former Governor Jon Corzine and Congress-man Albio Sires.

Gill currently serves on the board of the Montclair High School All Class Reunion, New Jersey State Bike and Walk Coalition, and Seton Hall University Alumni Board of Directors. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the municipal democratic chair in Mont-clair, New Jersey. Gill has been recognized for his leadership and public service, being selected to the 2017 NJBIZ Power 100 and 2008 PolitickerNJ Power List. He was named 2016 Political Operative of the Year and a New Jersey Rising Star of Asbury Park and has received awards from the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Blue Wave New Jersey.

A lifelong resident of Essex County, Gill attended Montclair Public Schools and graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He currently resides in Montclair with his wife and two children.

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