Richard W. Roper

Richard Roper is a public policy consultant with a long career in public affairs. He has held senior level positions in local, state, regional, and federal government agencies and has had experience in nonprofit organizations, private consulting and in academic research, teaching, and administration. He has served as director of the Office of Newark Metropolitan Studies for the City of Newark, as special assistant to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Juanita Kreps, in the Carter Administration and also as director of the Department’s Office of State and Local Government Assistance.

For 12 years following his work with the federal government, Roper served as director of the Program for New Jersey Affairs, director of the Council on New Jersey Affairs and lecturer in public and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During his last four years at Princeton he served as an assistant dean of the Woodrow Wilson School.  Following his years at Princeton, he served as a senior executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from which he retired as the Planning Department Director in 2010. He is now president of the Roper Group, a public policy consulting firm specializing in economic and social policy research and analysis, strategic planning and program evaluation.

Roper is a member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, a trustee at the Fund for New Jersey, past president at La Casa de Don Pedro (a Newark-based community development corporation), a member of the Rutgers University-Newark Advisory Council, and a senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles on social, economic, political, and government operations issues. He holds a B.A. degree in economics from Rutgers University and a M.A. degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


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