SDA Management Team
Lizette Delgado Polanco - Chief Executive Officer
Lizette Delgado Polanco is Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) and is responsible for overseeing the $12.5 billion in funding for SDA projects ($8.9 billion for SDA Districts, $3.45 billion for RODs and $150 million for vocational schools). She is the first female and the first Hispanic to lead the Authority.
Prior to becoming CEO, Delgado Polanco served as the Political Director of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) from 2017-2018, where she oversaw the Political Program of the Council in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Prior to the NRCC, she served as the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council. The Council coordinates the legislative and political agenda for seven SEIU locals representing more than 40,000 members across New Jersey. The organization represents members in four major industries, including health and long‐term care, property services, municipal workers and resident physicians.
In 2002, she was named Assistant Secretary of State, the first Hispanic to hold that position and was one of state government’s highest-ranking Hispanics. In 2001, she spearheaded James E. McGreevey's Statewide Latino Base Voter Program, resulting in the largest percentage of Latino votes ever cast for a gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey. She also served as Director of Special Projects for former U.S. Senator Jon S. Corzine.
Delgado Polanco, a first‐generation Hispanic American, has a long and distinguished career in government and labor relations, policy development, public affairs, and business and community development.
She previously served on the State of New Jersey Local Finance Board and now sits on numerous boards including: New Jersey Working Families Alliance; New Jersey Citizen Action; Blue Wave NJ, LUPE PAC (Latinas United for Political Empowerment); Jersey City Re-Entry; Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey, Emerge NJ; and DUSA (Dominicans USA).
She studied Labor Studies at the National Labor College in Maryland. She is the proud mother of four and grandmother of two and lives in Mercer County.
Roy Garcia – Chief of Staff
Roy Garcia is Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) and is responsible for advising the CEO and executive leadership team on SDA issues, developing administrative policy positions and directing actions that emerge from the CEO and executive leadership team initiatives. He is also charged with leading the execution of stakeholder engagement campaigns that strengthen the brand and mission of the SDA.
Before joining the SDA, Garcia spent a decade serving as Vice President at 1199 Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers East. His responsibilities included leading campaigns and bringing multi-million dollar contracts to settlement in various negotiation team roles, including as Chief Negotiator.
Prior to that role, Garcia served as the 1199 SEIU’s Political and Communications Director where he worked closely with the organization’s executive leadership in developing strategic campaign plans. These targeted campaigns engaged stakeholders, built coalitions, and developed key alliances with elected officials and community leaders across the state. He also empowered stakeholders by writing and coaching them on delivering testimony before government forums and managed all earned and paid media efforts.
Garcia began his career serving as Deputy Press Secretary for United States Senator Robert Torricelli.
He holds a B.S. in Political Science from William Paterson University and a Master in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
Andrew D. Yosha - Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Andrew D. Yosha is Chief Operating Officer at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA), and is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction and daily operations across all departments. In addition, Yosha is responsible for capital and strategic plan development, programmatic buildout and project planning. He joined the school construction program in July 2001.
Prior to his current role, Yosha served as Vice President of Program Management and Planning, Vice President of Governance and Compliance and as Managing Director of the divisions of Program Management and Contract Procurement and Administration for the school construction program.
Prior to his work at the SDA, Yosha worked at the New York City Department of Buildings for 12 years. At the NYC Department of Buildings, he served as both Special Counsel to the agency Commissioner and as Executive Director for Investigations. He established peer review programs for design professionals and chaired both the Master Plumber License Board and the Master Electrician License Board.
Yosha began his career in school construction with the New York City School Construction Authority, where he was Senior Director of Contract Administration, providing direct oversight for a $2 billion annual capital construction program. In that role, he was also responsible for business development and contractor qualification.
Yosha graduated from the University of Rochester and has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Manuel M. Da Silva - Vice President - Construction Operations
Manuel Da Silva is Vice President of Construction Operations for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA), where he is responsible for the full oversight of all 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 20 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 Chief Operations Officer for M. Alfieri Co., Inc. and responsible for property management including planning, engineering and construction for tenant fitouts 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.
Donald R. Guarriello, Jr. - Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Donald Guarriello serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA), where he is responsible for the executive oversight of the Authority’s financial accounting and disbursements, budgeting (operating), grants administration, treasury operations, procurement, contract management, vendor prequalification and risk management and safety.
He joined the New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation-predecessor to the NJSDA-in 2005. Prior to serving as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Guarriello was the Authority’s first Controller and later was promoted to Acting Chief Financial Officer.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance. Prior to joining the SDA, Guarriello was Controller for NUI Corporation (Elizabethtown Gas Company) until the company’s merger with AGL Resources Inc. in 2004, after which he served as Assistant Corporate Controller for AGL on the post-merger transition team. Prior to his employment with NUI, Mr. Guarriello spent 16 years with FirstEnergy Corp. (formerly GPU, Inc.), where he served as Manager of Financial Reporting. Guarriello began his career with GPU as an Internal Auditor.
He has extensive public and private sector experience in accounting and financial reporting, including having been responsible for various U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports during his nearly 20 years in the electric and gas utility industries.
Guarriello earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in Finance, both from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.
Jane F. Kelly, Esq. - Vice President - Corporate Governance & Legal Affairs
Jane Kelly is Vice President, Corporate Governance & Legal Affairs at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) where she oversees all processes related to the Authority’s Board of Directors and Board Committees. She also supervises all governance-related matters, including Authority compliance with the State Uniform Ethics Code and internal auditing. Kelly oversees the SDA’s Policy Office, OPRA function and the Office of Chief Counsel.
Before joining the SDA in 2008, Kelly served as V.P., Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for South Jersey Industries Inc., an energy services holding company. Among her responsibilities there was oversight of state and local government relations, communications and advising company management on legal and corporate compliance matters.
Kelly has nearly 20 years of experience working in the public sector. She served as an Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as Assistant Counsel to former Governor Thomas H. Kean and as a legal assistant to former Governor and Chief Justice Richard J. Hughes. In addition, Kelly represented the state’s investor owned public utilities in the legislative and regulatory arenas while serving as Executive Director of the New Jersey Utilities Association.
Kelly was named by NJBIZ Magazine as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” in March 2007, and honored by the Princeton YWCA at its "Tribute to Women" in March 2008.
Kelly is a graduate of Rosemont College and has a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Pamela Luster - Vice President - Administrative Operations
Pamela Luster is Vice President of Administrative Operations of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA), where she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Real Estate/Property Management, Facilities, Information Technology, Front Desk/Security, Central Records and Grants departments.
Previously, she worked for the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Locals 1036 and 1039 as Political Director and Staff Representative. As Political Director, Luster promoted the interests of the membership by staying abreast of the political climate, attending political functions and building valuable relationships. As Staff Representative, she advocated for members, bargained contracts and organized members at worksites.
She has an extensive background in grassroots organizing dating back to 2001 and led former Governor James McGreevey’s state-wide program in Southern New Jersey to increase voter participation in the African-American community. After serving on former Governor McGreevey’s transition team, Luster became Chief Legislative Aide to State Senator Stephen Sweeney. In that position, she tackled a broad range of issues affecting the people of New Jersey’s 3rd Legislative District, including budget, labor, leasing and environment. In 2005, Luster returned to her roots as a campaign organizer and was successful in getting Mayor Robert Levy and Atlantic City Council members elected.
Additionally, Luster has experience in community development stemming from her role as Stakeholder/Business Liaison for Cumberland Empowerment Zone, Inc., where she worked with businesses and residents to strengthen Cumberland County’s business climate and stimulate economic growth. Her commitment to people and their communities led to her work with the Renew Jersey Program which assisted Hurricane Sandy victims rebuild their homes and re-establish their lives and communities.
Luster is a graduate of Stockton State College with a B.A. in criminal justice and a minor in business management. She also earned a J.D. from University of Massachusetts School of Law.
Thomas Schrum - Vice President - Real Estate Services and Predevelopment
Thomas B. Schrum is Vice President for Real Estate Services and Predevelopment and has been with the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (SDA) since 2006. He is responsible for providing strategic review and oversight for the the Authority’s property acquisition function for school facilities projects, as well as related activities including environmental due diligence, remediation and business and residential relocation.
Over his 25 year career, Schrum has developed a broad array of project service expertise, including delivering real estate solutions, public and private real estate acquisitions, property management, and development and construction services for the successful completion of 300 projects in excess of $2 billion.
Previous to his current position, he was Managing Director of Program Operations responsible for effectively developing and managing staff resources, budgets, and assets to satisfy defined project goals and deliver quality results for Program Operations Capital Portfolio Projects. Schrum’s team of technical professionals managed the advancement of Capital Plan Projects recognizing fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers of the State and the need for quality educational facilities for students. He managed the successful delivery in 2016, of 545,000 square feet in new construction to serve 3,600 students with a State investment of $245 million and in 2018, 121,000 square feet in new construction to serve 1,200 students with State investment of $121 million on-time or ahead of schedule, within or below budget projections and through re-engineered processes to minimize change orders.
From 2006 to 2010, he provided leadership and management of day-to-day operational activity for real estate related activities including acquisition, relocation, remediation and environmental due diligence for the SCC (predecessor agency to the SDA), strategically consolidated three units (Land Acquisition Department, Environmental Services Department and Community Relations Unit) into an effective Real Estate Services Division which he served as Managing Director. Schrum successfully started a Community Relations Unit, providing proactive outreach in the communities that would house new school facilities throughout the state.
Prior to joining SDA, Schrum was Co-Founder and a Managing Member of Venture L.L.C. from 1999 to 2006, providing $100 million of private funding real estate acquisitions, analysis, management, and development and construction services. He also served as Vice President of R. Berman Development Co., L.L.C. from 1994 to 1999 where he supervised the development and construction of Roebling Market and Liberty Plaza. During his tenure with DKM Properties Corporation from 1988 to 1994 as a Project Manager, he completed projects in excess of $90 million with particular emphasis on retail and corporate offices.