Jeanne Herb is Executive Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Rutgers University Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and Co-Director of the New Jersey Climate Change Resource Center, a statutorily established and academically housed service center providing support to communities, state and local decision-makers and the private sector to advance equitable and science-informed climate change solutions. Jeanne’s leads applied research projects, cross-sector collaborative initiatives that focus on the intersection of social and environmental determinants of health, health equity, environmental sustainability, state and local public policy, and inclusive, participatory decision-making. Jeanne co-facilitates the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, a collaboration of diverse New Jersey thought leaders that, for 12 years, has advanced science-informed climate action in New Jersey, and she serves as a member of the senior leadership teams for the Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Program. Jeanne co-manages the New Jersey Inclusive Healthy communities grant program on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Human Services that seeks to advance policy, systems and environmental change to advance health equity for people with disabilities. Jeanne is an adjunct member of the faculty, teaching graduate courses on science communication and city and regional planning studios focused on environmental sustainability. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2010, Jeanne spent more than two decades at the state Department of Environmental Protection, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Policy, Planning and Science where she oversaw multidisciplinary programs related to environmental health, sustainable planning and development Environmental Justice, climate change and coastal management. Jeanne is chair of a National Academy of Sciences workshop committee on Communities, Climate Change and Health Equity. She also serves on the New Jersey Department of Health Healthy New Jersey 2030 Advisory Committee, the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey Committee, and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Educational Foundation Board. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and the Rutgers Leadership Academy. She is a 1981 alumnus of Rutgers University and has a Master’s degree in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism from New York University.
Email: jherb [at] rutgers.edu