Leadership

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.

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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. He also served for a time as District Director to Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R-NY).

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.


Jeff Scully, Development Associate

Jeff Scully is the Development Associate at the Garden State Initiative. Jeff brings a background of both public and private sector experience to GSI.

Jeff Scully

Development Associate

Prior to GSI, Jeff graduated from Rutgers University-Camden with a B.A in Political Science. Upon graduating from Rutgers, Jeff spent five years in Washington, DC working for the non-profits FreedomWorks and Generation Opportunity.

With FreedomWorks, Jeff helped FreedomWorks advance their issue advocacy campaigns ranging from education, health care, and tax reform, to civil liberties and justice reform, at both the state and national level. During election season, Jeff spent his time with FreedomWorks for America, the SuperPAC of FreedomWorks, helping elect conservative candidates all across the country.

At Generation Opportunity, Jeff first served as the Virginia State Director, overseeing all operations in the state of Virginia for the organization. Later, Jeff became the Press Secretary for Generation Opportunity, handling all press related operations for the organization- media inquiries, op-ed placement, and spoke on behalf of the organization as well. 

Jeff now resides in Sicklerville, NJ with his fiancé Marissa.

 

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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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