Regina M. Egea, President

Regina M. Egea, president of the Garden State Initiative (GSI), brings a background in both the private sector and public service.

Regina spent 30 years with AT&T in leadership positions with expanding responsibility in product management, network operations, human resources and sales & marketing. Her final assignment there was as Senior Vice President in Business Marketing leading a globally diverse workforce in support of AT&T's Global Business sales force.

Regina Egea

Regina Egea

President, Garden State Initiative

Skills honed at AT&T have served her well in the public sector. Regina was Governor Chris Christie’s Chief of Staff from 2015 to 2016. She joined the administration in 2010, first as the State Treasurer’s Chief of Staff, where she was instrumental in pension reforms enacted in 2011, and then was brought into the Governor’s Office as Director of the Authorities Unit in 2012.

During her years at AT&T and in Trenton, Regina was elected to her hometown Board of Education in 2003 and then to the Township Committee, serving as deputy mayor in 2010. 

Regina earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from Fordham University in NYC along with a B.A. from Montclair State University in N.J.

She and her husband, Emilio, have two grown children.

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William J. Smith, Director of Communications & Media Relations

William J. (Bill) Smith, is a seasoned communications executive with diverse experience in developing communications strategies in government, public transportation and healthcare.  

Bill joined GSI in April 2018 from Richmond University Medical Center in New York City where he oversaw media relations, marketing and community outreach.


William J. Smith

Dir. of Communications & Media Relations

A native New Yorker, Bill has served in high-level positions for a number of elected officials in that state, including 7 years as Communications Director for then-Richmond County District Attorney Dan Donovan (R-NY) where he served as spokesman and spearheaded public outreach programs targeting crimes such as drunk driving, domestic violence and sexual predators.

Bill’s introduction to New Jersey was serving as a senior spokesman for NJ TRANSIT, the nation’s third largest public transportation system, where he guided communications efforts with local and national media during weather emergencies and service disruptions, Superstorm Sandy recovery and Super Bowl 48.

He graduated from Wagner College with a BA in Political Science and later earned an MBA in Management from the same institution.

Bill resides in Morris Plains with his wife Maryellen and their son.

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The Garden State Initiative is a nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of individual citizens, foundations, and corporations who care about our state. Those who partner with GSI join a community that seeks to reclaim our state’s future as one marked by growth and prosperity. If you want to make New Jersey a state that affords the opportunity for all its citizens to thrive, please consider partnering with GSI today.

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