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Jane M. Kenny

Jane M. Kenny is a founder and the managing partner of The Whitman Strategy Group, LLC, an all-women firm specializing in sustainability issues, including energy and environmental policy and the marketing of innovative environmental technologies. Kenny's experience includes high-level management positions in the private sector and in several complex and diverse government agencies. In 2001, she was appointed by President George W. Bush as the regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she oversaw the federal agency's work in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Prior to that, she was appointed as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and she served as chief of policy and planning after Whitman's first election. Governor Thomas H. Kean appointed Kenny as cabinet secretary for his second term in office.

In between her years in government, Kenny was a vice president of corporate and community affairs in the financial services industry. Kenny is a director at New Jersey Resources and a chair of its nominating and corporate governance committee and member of the leadership and development and executive committee. She also serves on the board of N.J. Resources Clean Energy Ventures, which invests, owns and operates renewable energy projects. Kenny is a trustee for New Jersey Future is co-chair of the Steering Committee for Jersey Water Works, collaboration across sectors to transform New Jersey's inadequate water infrastructure through sustainable, cost effective solutions.

Kenny has received numerous national awards, including: the Good Housekeeping Award for Women in Government; the National Public Service Award; the Epiphany House Community Partnership Award; "Outstanding Achievement" award for accomplishments in urban revitalization from City News; the Excellence in Leadership Fellowship from Women Executives in State Government; the Oliphant Award for Distinguished Leadership in Historic Preservation; and the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry. She was also was named Governing Magazine's “Public Official of the Year.”