Robert A. Nixon has been a public affairs advisor since 1995 to the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, New Jersey’s largest law enforcement organization, and is currently Director of Government Affairs. Prior to 2009 he was a Member of New Jersey’s
largest government relations firm, Princeton Public Affairs Group, for 15 years. Mr. Nixon is currently President of State House Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm. Mr. Nixon has served as Chairman and Acting Chairman of the SDA Audit Committee since 2011.
A Member of the SDA since 2010, Mr. Nixon has served on a variety of public and non-profit Boards and Commissions and is currently a member of the Jackson Township Citizens Budget
Advisory Committee and Economic Development Committee.
He received a Masters of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government 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.
Kevin P. Egan
Kevin Egan is a lifelong resident of the city of New Brunswick, where he resides with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Lindsay and Colin. He is a graduate of St. Peter’s Grammar and High School, New Brunswick.
Kevin is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BA in Management and Labor Studies. Kevin is also a graduate of the IBEW-NECA Certified Apprenticeship Program.
He is a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456.
He has served on variouscommittees and assignments for the local union which covers approximately 18 counties in New Jersey with inside and outside electricians. He is currently a Business Representative and serves as a Trustee on the Pension and Annuity Funds for the local.
Civically, Kevin has served on the Board of the New Brunswick State Theatre, New Brunswick Parking Authority, and the Middlesex County Tax Board. He is also a member of The New Brunswick Elks #324 and the New Brunswick Knights of Columbus Council #257.
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, of 26 years and sons Justin, 20, and Jason, 17. 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 2,500 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 55,000 families represented by 55 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 National Standard Plumbing Code and a member of the Hamilton Township Planning Board since 1996.
Mario S. Vargas
Mr. Mario S. Vargas is a public member of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. He has served since his appointment in 2010.
Currently Mr. Vargas is the Owner/Agent of the Vargas Group Insurance Agency with Farmers Insurance providing protection to individuals and families through coverages on auto, home, life and business.
In addition, Mr. Vargas is a Broker/Agent at Senior Health Advisors where he assists Medicare recipients with their health insurance needs.
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 on the Board of Trustees of the First Reformed Church of Long Branch. Mr. Vargas resides in Highland Park, New Jersey.