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Caren Franzini is president of Franzini Consulting, LLC, which provides strategic and financial guidance for economic development projects and assists economic development organizations with the creation and review of programs and projects. Previously she served as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) from January 1994 until October 2012. 

Franzini has been recognized for her contributions to business growth and economic development in the state.  She is a past recipient of the New Jersey Chapter of NAIOP's Industry Service Award; the New Jersey Technology Council's John H. Martinson Technology Supporter Award; the New Jersey Business & Industry Association's Paul L. Troast Award; and the Wharton Club of New York's Joseph Wharton Award for Social Impact.  She has also been honored with the Pinnacle Business Advocate Award from the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey; the EDANJ's Franklin-Maddocks Award for Excellence in Economic Development; the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Southern New Jersey Development Council; Plan Smart NJ's Outstanding Leadership & Economic Development Achievement Awards and Monmouth University's Kislak Real Estate Institute's Service to the Industry Award.

Prior to joining the NJEDA, Franzini was an assistant state treasurer with the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.  Earlier, she was employed at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and with Public Financial Management.  Franzini currently serves on the boards of directors of NJM Insurance Group, Federal Home Loan Bank of NY, NJ Business and Industry Association, Horizon Blue Cross NJ Foundation, NJ Future and Greater Trenton. She holds a B.A. in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in finance and public management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.