Advisory Board New Jersey

Leonard Berkowitz retired from the Exxon Chemical Company where he was a technology vice president.  

A New Jersey resident since 1973, Rose Cali is a visionary philanthropist and longtime advocate for ground up community partnerships; innovative educational initiatives; social service programs directed to help the underserved; and anchor cultural institutions that advance economic development and education priorities in urban and suburban communities.

Jerry Flach MBA, PMP is a Community Development Project Management Professional furthering community investments through her current role as VP, Corporate Social Responsibility and CRA Officer for the NJ region at Valley, an innovative regional bank.

Bill Leavens was fortunate to spend much of his early summers in a wooded glen with a small stream.  After careers in grain farming and financial management, he focused as a volunteer on environmental activities.  As Board President of Musconetcong Watershed Association, he worked on New Jersey’s first dam removal projects and became involved in restoring the Asbury Mill.  That historic building is being repurposed as a convening space, education facility, and interpretive center.  Bill also served on the Board of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, representing a family foundation.

Susan is an Advanced Practice Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has been working in Neurological healthcare and research for over 25 years. Currently, she is working in a private practice treating patients with mild traumatic brain injuries and also in a hospital as a Nursing Outcomes Analyst.

Carlos M. Pomares of Bloomfield was elected as District 5 Freeholder in November 2017. Freeholder Pomares has served as a strong advocate for arts, culture, and historic preservation. He previously served as Councilman At-Large in Bloomfield Township (2013, 2016) where he spearheaded the passage of an ordinance declaring the Morris Canal (1824-1924) and related sites as local landmarks. He also advocated for the creation of Canal Park, the ongoing restoration of the 19th century Collins House, and the development of the Morris Canal Greenway way finder signs and mobile app through Bloomfield.

Brian is a Team Director and Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Carla J. Robinson was born and raised in Newark. She graduated at the top of her class at Arts High School and then went to Harvard University. After completing her undergraduate degree she chose to study urban planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and intended to return to Newark and help make the city a better place. Prompted by both the sluggishness of the economy when she completed her master’s degree and by her desire to understand the forces underlying urban decline and growth, she decided instead to continue her education.

During the past 35 years as a licensed architect Ron has worked on a wide variety of commercial, educational, science & tech, hospitality, and mixed-use projects in leadership roles at established design firms, most recently with the NJ-based architecture and engineering firm PS&S.