Gov. Phil Murphy is set to reappoint Virginia S. Bauer and Aisha Glover to the New Jersey State Economic Development Board, and has chosen a Camden businesswoman to fill the vacant seat, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Murphy will appoint Jewell Antoine-Johnson to replace Rosemary Hicks as an alternate board member.
Antoine-Johnson operates Antoine Johnson, an architectural planning, design and construction management firm based in Merchantville and Camden.
These are direct appointments that do not require Senate confirmation.
Murphy had it name of Bauer, Glover and Hicks at EDA in late 2019 following a housecleaning that followed criticism of the board’s handling of tax credits during Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. He demanded the resignation of some, but not all, board members.
The governor reshuffled the EDA board, appointing former Goldman Sachs partner Kevin A. Quinn as chairman. The board also includes Democratic National Committee member and BlueWaveNJ President Marcia Marley, attorney Charles Sarlo, Essex County Chief of Staff Phil Alagia, former Hudson County Planning Director Maciel Medina Ferrara and labor leader Fred Dumont.
Governor James E. McGreevey appointed Bauer as executive director of the New Jersey Lottery in 2003 and in his cabinet in 2004 as New Jersey Secretary of Commerce, Economic Growth and Tourism; she held this position under the state. Richard Cody and John Corzine. Bauer served as commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2008 to 2012.
Glover served as CEO of the Newark Alliance, a nonprofit that supports economic revitalization in the state’s largest city, and president of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation. She is currently the Vice President of Urban Innovation at Audible.