- Brian M. Keenan, President-Build with Purpose
- Jenny-Ann Kershner, Director for Development- NJ Health Foundation
- Jason E. Kirin, Manager, Port Commerce-Leasing and Property Development- Port Authority of NY & NJ
- Jennifer Langer Jacobs, VP of Government Relations- Amerigroup New Jersey
- David Ricci, Structured Finance Portfolio Manager
- David M. Scheck, Community Development Investment Consultant
- Catherine Syslo, Quality Assurance Manager- Smolin, Lupin & Co.
- Bill Vreeland, Executive and Corporate Lawyer- AIG
Brian M. Keenan
Build with Purpose, Inc.
Brian Keenan is the founder and president of Build with Purpose. Prior to Build with Purpose Mr. Keenan served as the Vice President of Financial Products and Services at New Jersey Community Capital where he was instrumental in expanding the organization’s financial activities, including committing the organization’s first Charter School loan, first Social Enterprise equity investment and expanding the organization’s financial capital basis.
Mr. Keenan has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Community Economic Development. While serving as Project Manager for Common Ground Community, a recognized leader in the Supportive Housing Industry, Mr. Keenan oversaw the development of 1,300 units of housing. As Project Manager for The Community Builders, one of the nation’s larger non-profit affordable housing developers, Mr. Keenan oversaw the development of the Jersey City YMCA, New Jersey’s largest Supportive Housing project. In addition, Mr. Keenan worked on the New Brunswick HOPE VI Project, the comprehensive revitalization of the lower George Street neighborhood of New Brunswick, NJ. Mr. Keenan has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Social Work from Molloy College, a Certificate in Community Economic Development from Pratt Institute and a Masters of Business Administration from St. Peter’s College.
Jenny-Ann Kershner brings over fifteen years of leadership, management, program, and resource and organizational development experience including a deep knowledge of grant making, program development and evaluation, organizational capacity building, fundraising, research, budget and finance, stakeholder and board relations and long?term planning. Jenny-Ann is currently the Director for Development for the NJ Health Foundation. Previously, she was a program manager with The Fund for NJ, an independent grant making foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of public policy decision?making on the most significant issues affecting the people of New Jersey and our region. Jenny-Ann has also worked with the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, and Somerset Humane Society.
Jenny-Ann has a masters degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy in City and Regional Planning, a BA from Rutgers University in Political Science, and she is a member of LeadNJ and the Council of NJ Grantmakers.
Jason E. Kirin
Port Authority of NY and NJ
Jason Kirin serves as the Manager of Leasing and Property Development in the Port Commerce Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this role Mr. Kirin oversees and manages all real estate leasing activity for the 3rd largest seaport in the country. Mr. Kirin negotiates commercial real estate leases for seaport container terminals, auto terminals, bulk facilities and industrial warehouses. Prior to this position Mr. Kirin served as the Manager of Government and Community Relations for the Port Commerce Department. In this role he worked with government agencies to ensure proper delivery of projects, developed and executed the department’s federal legislative agenda and oversaw outreach to key business and community groups. Before joining the Port Authority, Mr. Kirin was the Chief of Staff for the New Jersey Commerce Commission overseeing the state economic development agency’s daily operations. Mr. Kirin earned a B.A. degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also a licensed New Jersey real estate salesperson.
Jennifer Langer Jacobs
Amerigroup New Jersey
Jennifer Langer Jacobs is vice president of Government Relations for Amerigroup New Jersey, Inc. In this capacity, she represents Amerigroup, one of four Medicaid health plans in New Jersey today, in discussions with policymakers and constituents in Trenton and beyond. She engages with state officials, advocates, health care providers, and consumers to build coalitions that address policy challenges and get traction on the opportunities in healthcare delivery. Jennifer is known for her hands-on, diplomatic commitment to government program solutions.
Jennifer joined Amerigroup in 2006 and is based in Iselin and Trenton. Previously, she served as executive director of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association, as policy staff in the New Jersey State Senate and as a Teach For America corps member in the Jersey City Public Schools. She currently chairs the Medicaid Committee of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Pennsylvania State University and earned her master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dave has been a fixed income investment manager for most of his career, and has 20 years experience managing portfolios of mostly securitized assets. He has money management experience at a range of institutions, including pension funds, insurance companies, money managers, and hedge funds. Dave has been involved in the securitized commercial real estate markets since its inception. While at Hyperion Capital in the early 1990s, he initiated the firm’s investments in some of the earliest commercial real estate securitizations. Beginning, in 1999, he was Director of Portfolio Management and hedging at CGA Investment Management, which was a pioneering $2.5 billion investment advisor investing in mezzanine commercial real estate securities and unsecured REIT debt. After that, while at Munich Re, he managed approximately $8 billion of mortgage-backed, commercial-backed, and other asset-backed securities, and helped launch a $500mm Distressed Structured Credit Opportunity Fund that had a commercial real estate focus. Last, and most recently, he worked at a multi-sector fixed income hedge fund where he was responsible for cash and synthetic commercial real estate trading.
David M. Scheck
E + Co
David Scheck is Chief Investment Officer at E+Co where he manages and oversees their portfolio of global investments. E+Co makes high impact investments in clean energy businesses in developing countries. Mr. Scheck previously served as the chief executive of New Jersey Community Capital, a socially responsible financial intermediary facilitating the flow of money and knowledge to create wealth and well-being in New Jersey’s communities, where he grew their capital management and broadened their product offerings Prior to NJCC, Mr. Scheck was hired as the inaugural Director of Finance of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. Prior to his position with the NJRA, Mr. Scheck spent three years with PNC Bank as lead lender in an entrepreneurial unit responsible for economic development loans and investments for the New Jersey market. Following four years of progressive training as a credit management trainee and commercial lender with a commercial bank headquartered in New Jersey and as a research analyst with an investment bank on Wall Street, Mr. Scheck spent one year as a VISTA volunteer providing consulting services to affordable housing developers and community development corporations serving the urban and rural neighborhoods of North Carolina.
Mr. Scheck is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Mr. Scheck was a fellow in Leadership New Jersey’s Class of 1999; has been nominated to serve on the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance’s Community Financial Services Advisory Board; is a member of the Boards of Directors of CityWorks, University Ventures, and Build with Purpose; and is a member of the Wall Street Without Walls, JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch CDC NMTC, PNC Community Partners NMTC, TRF NMTC, and Rutgers University Community Development Institute Advisory Boards. He holds an MBA from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware. .
Smolin, Lupin & Co.
Catherine Syslo is a Certified Public Accountant with a total of 24 years experience in both public accounting and internal audit. She has been working with Smolin, Lupin & Co. since 2005 as the Chairperson of Accounting and Auditing Department and Chairperson of CPE/Training Department. She is a member of the firm-wide employee benefit plan audit team and participates in the firm’s Leadership University, focusing on management techniques, staff mentoring, time management and business development.
Prior to joining Somlin, Lupin & Co., she worked as an independent consultant for 3 years, Internal Audit Manager for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Audit Senior for Price Waterhouse. She has a B.S. degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.
Bill is an executive and corporate lawyer with AIG where most recently he has worked as part of the company’s “Fed Readiness Project” co-leading the firm-wide evaluation of policy management practices in anticipation of Federal Reserve supervision. Bill also negotiated separation related aspects of certain divestiture transactions (for example, the $16 billion sale of ALICO to MetLife and the $21 billion IPO of AIA) and has regularly collaborated with deal teams and internal subject matter experts to protect AIG from legal, financial and operational risks. Over the course of his career, Bill has managed a high-profile business unit and lead the development of product-level and business unit strategies. Bill has a deep understanding of mergers and acquisitions, and he pioneered the use of transactional insurance in M&A transactions.
Prior to AIG, Bill worked as corporate counsel for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and he also worked as an audit manager for Deloitte & Touche. Bill earned a JD from Northwestern University in 1994 and an MBA from NYU in 1990.