Robert A. Nixon is the Director of Government Affairs for the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, New Jersey’s largest law enforcement organization. Mr. Nixon is also the Founder and President of the government affairs firm State House Strategies. He has been a government affairs professional in New Jersey since 1995 with a specialty in the legislative process.
Mr. Nixon was nominated to serve on the SDA Board by Governor Corzine and since 2010 has served as a Member and Chairman of the SDA Audit Committee, Vice Chairman
of the Board and Acting Chairman of the Board. He was formally named Chairman of the Board by Governor Murphy in December of 2018.
He received a Masters of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Politics from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Nixon is an Adjunct Professor at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches the graduate level course on Government Relations. He was named “Teacher of the Year” at Fels in 2013 and 2016.
Richard Elbert serves as General Counsel for the Bjarke Ingels Group (“BIG”), an internationally renowned architecture design firm located in Copenhagen, New York City, and London, operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development. He is instrumental in developing BIG’s New York legal department and coordinating with its European counterpart, providing counsel to a thriving and growing design firm for business operations, contract review, preparation and negotiations, and matters covering
all legal aspects that impact a design firm. This includes developing risk management policies for risk avoidance and emerging litigation, claims, and dispute resolution, and compliance with international, federal and state regulations.
Prior to his career at BIG, Rich worked for major law firms in New York and New Jersey before establishing his own construction law practice, and has prepared construction contracts for architects, engineers, contractors, and housing developers, and actively litigated various construction-related matters for design professionals, owners, developers, and contractors and their insurers, focusing on contract disputes, errors and omissions, construction defect claims, delay claims and insurance coverage disputes.
Rich holds a law degree from Seton Hall University, a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science of Architecture degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Beginning his career as a licensed architect, Rich worked for an international business company where was the site architect for a 5 million square foot facility, before working as a design architect for a large New York and New Jersey A/E firm. He participated in all phases of architectural practice, including the design of commercial, residential and industrial structures. Rich is admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars, holds an active architectural license and a Certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, American Institute of Architects, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Rich is an active member of his community, serving continuously in many civic and social organizations as a volunteer, appointed member or trustee on private, civic, and governmental boards, including Town planning and architectural review boards, historical societies, and philanthropic organizations, and as a former elected Town Council representative. Rich resides in Westfield with his wife and two children.
Loren graduated from Columbia University with an MBA in Finance. She also holds a degree in Accounting from Queens College. She started her career in a not for profit organization and sold real estate for Merrill Lynch Realty. She worked at Revlon’s Corporate Headquarters in Finance for 4 years in a newly developed rotational program for MBA’s before joining Johnson & Johnson. Loren retired from Johnson &Johnson after 22 years of service in 2007.
She started as a Cost Accounting Supervisor at Personal Products Company in the Consumer Group. After progressing through 11 financial positions (Senior Brand Analyst, Financial Reporting Manager, Cost Accounting Manager, Operations Controller, Financial Controller to name a few) and 4 operating companies (Personal Products, McNeil Pharmaceutical, Ortho McNeil Pharmaceutical (OMP) and Corporate), Her experiences and contributions have been varied, from implementing Activity Based Costing at McNeil Pharmaceutical to implementing new processes and systems at OMP and Corporate to being the Champion of the Corporate Finance Mentoring Program. She was part of the management team for the Financial Leadership Development Group (FLDG). Loren was J&J's Program Champion and Finance University Team Leader for Hampton University She was on the African American Leadership Council Board having initial responsibility for developing chapters throughout J&J.(16 chapters were formed under her leadership). Loren is also a certified empowerment/executive coach.
Loren has been active in her community, participating in many local organizations including becoming an elected official as the local school board president for the township of Hillsborough. She was also a football referee and initiated a local scholarship to benefit African American high school students.
In her retirement, Loren continues to serve the community. She volunteers on special projects and works part time as a certified Foreclosure Intervention Counselor for Faith Fellowship Community Development Corporation (FFCDC) assisting families in Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Essex counties. She is the Deputy Treasurer for the Norwescap board , a non- profit community action partnership serving Morris, Somerset, Hunterdon, Passaic, Warren and Sussex counties and is a past co-chair of the Somerset County Circles Initiative. Loren was also a member of the scholarship committee for the Audrey West Foundation in Newark, NJ.
In 2007, Loren received the Corporate Community Service Award from the New Brunswick Area Branch of the NAACP. In 2008, she received a Distinguished Service Award from HONOR, the oldest affinity group at Johnson & Johnson.
She is an elder at Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center. She and her husband, Zack reside in Hillsborough, New Jersey. They have seven children and four grandchildren.
Michael Maloney is a lifelong resident of Hamilton Township, where he resides with his wife, Toni, he has two sons Justin, and Jason, and his wife Jenna. He is a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and Mercer County Vocational School, Assunpink Center. He is also a graduate of Thomas Edison State College. In September 1977 be began his formal training as a Steamfitter Apprentice in Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 9.
Mr. Maloney has always been an active member in Local 9 and started his career by being elected to the Local 9
Examining Board in 1985, then re-elected in 1988. Also in 1988 he was elected as a Trustee to the Health and Welfare Fund and in 1991 to the Executive Board. In 1994 at the age of 34 he was elected Business Agent for Local 9. In 1997 he was appointed Assistant Business Manager, and in December 2004, Mr. Maloney was elected Business Manager-Financial Secretary. Local 9 currently has 2,200 members in the Plumbing, Pipefitting, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration, Service Technician industry.
Mr. Maloney is currently the President of the Mercer County Central Labor Council. The MCCLC has 45,000 families represented by 50 area unions in Mercer County. He serves on the State of New Jersey Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers and the Department of Community Affairs Plumbing Sub-code Committee. He is a member of the State of New Jersey Board of Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R). He is a member of the National Standard Plumbing Code and a member of the Hamilton Township Planning Board since 1996.
Mr. Mario S. Vargas is the Vice Chairperson and a public member of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. He has served since his appointment in 2009.
Currently Mr. Vargas is the Founding Principal/Owner of Senior Health Navigators where he assists Medicare recipients with their health insurance needs. In addition, Mr. Vargas is the Owner/Agent of the Vargas Group Insurance
Agency providing protection to individuals and families through coverages on auto, home, life and business. In addition, Prior to building his own insurance business, Mr. Vargas had a lengthy and successful career in the nonprofit sector. Notably, Mr. Vargas served as the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB) where he grew the organization’s budget from $5.7 million to $15.1 million within a 3 year period, and its workforce from 82 to 240 employees during his tenure. PRAB is a nonprofit organization that provides services to improve the quality of life of the low income population of central New Jersey in a bilingual and bicultural setting, and continues its historic role an advocate for the Latino community.
Prior to joining PRAB, Mr. Vargas was employed by New Brunswick Tomorrow as the Director of Operations and Communications, a non-profit organization established over 45 years ago to foster public/private networks of agencies, institutions, and organizations to help improve the quality of life for the people in the City of New Brunswick. In addition, Mr. Vargas was employed by INROADS/Central New Jersey, Inc., an international career development organization that places talented minority college students in the business industry.
Prior to that, Mr. Vargas was employed by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as a Patient Representative. Mr. Vargas graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts, and was conferred a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Politics from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning.
Mr. Vargas also served as the Chairperson of the Hispanic Director’s Association of New Jersey. The association’s mission is to further the progress of New Jersey's Hispanic Community through cooperation among its members and collaboration with other organizations. In addition, Mr. Vargas was a co-founder of the Rutgers Latino Student Council and the University’s Center for Latino Arts and Culture. He also served on the Board of Directors of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (now RWJ Barnabas) leading various committees including becoming secretary of the board. He is alum of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development at the Department of Community Affairs.
Mr. Vargas is an ordained Elder and the Vice President of the Consistory (Board Chair) at Suydam Street Reformed Church located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He also serves as the Vice President of the New Brunswick Classis for the Reformed Church of America. Mr. Vargas resides in Highland Park, New Jersey with his wife Iris.
On December 4, 2019, the SDA Board of Directors unanimously elected Mr. Da Silva as the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer after having served as Interim CEO since May 2019
Da Silva previously served as the Vice President of Construction Operations for the SDA, where he was responsible for the oversight of Capital Construction, Facilities Projects and Emergent projects. Prior to this position, he served as a Program Director of Program Operations at SDA and was responsible for the management of Capital Projects.
Da Silva joined the New Jersey Schools Development Authority in 2010 as a Senior Manager Engineering.
He has more than 25 years of experience in the field of engineering and construction in both the public and private sector, including projects with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Prior to joining the SDA, Da Silva was Director of Operations for M. Alfieri Co., Inc. and responsible for property management including planning, engineering and construction for tenant fit-outs and new office facilities. His responsibilities covered 2.2 million square feet of Class A office buildings and nine multistate land development sites.
He graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1993 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Management, and obtained his Professional Engineer’s license in 1997.