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THOMAS R. WILSON

Adjunct Faculty, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Thomas Wilson, a lifelong New Jerseyan, Tom has an extensive background in government, politics and public affairs. He is currently a partner at Kaufman Zita Group (KZG), one of the most recognized, respected, and relied upon public affairs firms in New Jersey. His practice at KZG draws on his extensive strategic communications and advocacy experience to craft and execute strategies that influence positive outcomes for KGZ clients in health care, insurance, financial services, higher education, regulated industries, the environment, energy, the non-profit sector, trade associations and commerce.

Prior to joining KZG, Wilson served as a communications consultant to the campaign of New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie and as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee. Before his election to serve as chairman of New Jersey's Republican Party, Wilson was a partner in a successful public affairs firm based in Trenton and represented a portfolio of clients that ranged from Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies to small trade associations.

Wilson's professional experience also includes senior-level positions in government, including chief of staff to Assembly Speaker Garabed "Chuck" Haytaian and communications director to Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. He also managed the successful 1997 re-election campaign of Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Wilson served on the Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority from 2001-2004. 

Wilson currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Raritan Valley Community College and at Carrier Clinic, New Jersey's largest behavioral and mental healthcare facility.  He has been a frequent guest lecturer at Rutgers University and Rider University and has, since the fall of 2014, led the internship seminar for the Eagleton Undergraduate Associates. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Vermont.