Chris Daggett of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Risa Lavazzo-Mourey of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Nina Stack, President of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG), were named among of Lead New Jersey's “30 Leaders for 30 Years” at its special anniversary gala. Photo courtesy of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

Three Foundation Leaders Among 30 Lead New Jersey Honorees

September 22, 2016

JERSEY CITY — Dodge President and CEO Chris Daggett, Robert Wood Johnson President and CEO Risa Lavazzo-Mourey and Council of New Jersey Grantmakers President Nina Stack were named among Lead New Jersey’s “30 Leaders for 30 Years” honored Sept. 22 at the organization's special anniversary gala.

Chris Daggett took over as the president of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in 2010, following a distinguished career that includes serving as the Deputy Chief of State to the Governor of New Jersey and Commissioner for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Dr. Lavazzo Mourey has served as the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the past 14 years, leading the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Nina Stack has lead the statewide regional association of grantmakers since 2005, driving a number of significant efforts including the creation of the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook and the Newark Philanthropic Liaison. 

Hundreds of the most influential leaders across New Jersey — from the government, nonprofit, business and journalism sectors — gathered in Jersey City for the event, honoring 30 individuals whose leadership has made “New Jersey a better place to live and work.” The ceremony also marked a celebration of 30 years since the founding of Lead New Jersey, a program that educates, empowers and engages talented leaders to create systemic change around New Jersey's most challenging issues.

“We are immensely proud of the leadership offered by LNJ fellows across the state over the past three decades.” said Mark Murphy, Lead New Jersey president and class of ’91 fellow. “It was a tremendously challenging task to select just 30 individuals to receive this award, because each one of our Fellows truly exemplifies our mission. Each has made a unique leadership contribution to their profession and toward improving life in our state."

The full list of “30 Leaders for 30 Years” honorees can be found online at

Lead New Jersey was founded with a mission of convening leaders from various sectors and industries to address emerging issues facing the state and its residents. In recent years, the focus of LNJ’s programs has spanned affordable healthcare, criminal justice, economic development and transportation.


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From left: Douglas Schoenberger, vice president of public affairs at Verizon; Nina Stack, president of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers; and Chris Daggett, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation were among the honorees at Lead New Jersey's 30 Leaders for 30 Years gala. Photo courtesy of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers