MacInnes Leaving NJ Policy Perspective

After six years with New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), Gordon MacInnes today announced his plans to transition from his role as President of the think tank. 

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead New Jersey Policy Perspective in its pursuit for a stronger and more equitable economy,” said MacInnes, a former state lawmaker. “NJPP is effective because it is disciplined in its selection of issues, reliable in its analyses, and flexible in responding to changing political conditions. New Jersey will benefit as NJPP and its dedicated analysts continue to deliver quality results on a campaign-like schedule in support of sensible, progressive policies. I am so proud of the work we accomplished over the last six years and look forward to seeing NJPP thrive under new leadership.”  

MacInnes became the third President of NJPP in 2012. He was previously an elected member of both the New Jersey General Assembly and State Senate, served as assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, as director of the Fund for New Jersey, and as a lecturer at Princeton University.

Until a successor arrives later this year, MacInnes will remain with NJPP as a Distinguished Senior Fellow, focusing his research on New Jersey’s preschool education system, its economic impact, and opportunities for expansion.

“We are immensely grateful to Gordon for his service to the Garden State. Under his leadership, NJPP has become a high-impact, well-respected voice in the halls of the state house and in policy circles across the state,” said Jun Choi, Chair of NJPP’s Board of Trustees. “For activists and lawmakers alike, NJPP is an influential and trusted source for bold policy ideas to grow the state’s economy and improve the lives of New Jersey’s working families. NJPP, and more importantly, the people of New Jersey, have benefited from Gordon’s dedicated leadership. We will miss his thoughtfulness, kindness, intellect, and sense of humor, and we are glad NJPP will continue to benefit from his wisdom as Distinguished Senior Fellow.”

Today, NJPP’s Board of Trustees will launch a nationwide search for NJPP’s next President. A search committee chaired by Marcia Marley, NJPP’s Board Secretary and Trustee, and composed of Trustees and staff, has retained Koya Leadership Partners to lead the process. Koya is a national executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. For more information regarding this search, please contact Trisha Sutrisno at or visit  

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