Ed Farmer CEO & PRESIDENT
Ed served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-8) for seven years. As the highest-ranking member of the team, Ed was responsible for oversight of all facets of the Congressman’s offices in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey. Congressman Pascrell’s assignments on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security have given Ed the institutional knowledge and access needed to fully serve municipal and county governments, private sector entities, as well as non-profit agencies and hospitals. In addition, Ed served as Chairman of the Board at Passaic County Community College.
At Millennium, Ed specializes in shepherding critical projects to completion with state and federal transportation departments. Through his vast wealth of experience, Ed has forged strong and lasting contacts with leaders throughout the State of New Jersey and beyond.
Susan M. Scavone Principal
Sue has more than 20 years of experience in public outreach, grant writing and governmental affairs. She has served in the administration of Governor James J. Florio, on the staff of several members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly and in Essex County government. Prior to joining Millennium Strategies, Sue served as President of SMS Consulting Services, Inc. for ten years, where she provided governmental relations, grant procurement and consulting services to both private and public sector clients.
Through her time with Millennium, she has become the firm’s leader on disaster recovery projects and funding procurement, securing her position as a regional expert in FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs. Since inception, Millennium has secured over $105 million in hazard mitigation and disaster recovery funds under Susan’s direction. Susan’s knowledge of the field and existing relationships enable her to communicate effectively with multiple levels of stakeholders on complex projects, ensuring that all stages of a project are followed through and communicated in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Lisa Martinez Director of Operations
Lisa manages the day-to-day operations of Millennium. She served as Field Director and Scheduler for Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-8) for nine years. In this critical position, Lisa was responsible for maintaining the Congressman’s New Jersey schedule and managing all community outreach activities for the congressional office. She strategically coordinated field activities with the Congressman’s legislative agenda and administered government relations issues with all state and local entities. Lisa has an extensive knowledge of the federal government and enjoys an excellent reputation and track record for her work on projects in the public and private sector. Her organizational skills have helped Millennium become an industry leader and one of the fastest growing government affairs firms in the region.
Dave Jenkins Director of Business Development & Client Services
Since joining Millennium in 2012, Dave has assisted his clients by procuring almost $50 million in grant funding. He has successfully written and managed grants to enable the development of transportation, open space, education, security, fire, law enforcement, human services, hazard mitigation and economic development related initiatives. Dave has developed a unique expertise in relation to New York State Grant Programs, and currently leads service delivery for our New York-Based Consulting Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Dave served as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Joseph Cryan during his tenure as Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly. Dave holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University.
Bernadette P. McPherson, Esq. Director of Outreach
Bernadette is instrumental in marketing Millennium Strategies to prospective clients. Additionally, she adds invaluable counsel with her expertise and experience in local and county government. As a member of the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2003 to 2011, Bernadette served as Chairwoman in 2004 and 2005. She also served as Mayor of Rutherford from 2000 to 2007. She remains active in politics and currently serves as the Legislative District 36 Chairwoman for the Democratic Committee of Bergen County. Bernadette was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Magna Cum Laude from La Salle University in 1983. She received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law in 1986. Since August 2011, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Law and Police Science Department.
Chris Sprague Director of Client Services
Since joining Millennium in 2010, Chris has secured over $10 million in grant funding for municipal, school district and non-profit clients. Through the preparation of successful proposals to federal, state, county, local and private foundation funding sources, Chris has supported a wide range of critical projects in the communities we serve, including transportation, open space, education, sustainability, security, law enforcement, health and financial education projects. Additionally, Chris works with non-profit clients in support of their organizational development strategies, including the preparation of community assessments, strategic plans, press releases and program development. Chris holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Seton Hall University.
Peter Blanos Director of Client Services
Peter has been a member of the firm since December 2011. Peter has secured over $7 million in funding on behalf of his clients for transportation, open space, law enforcement, fire prevention, pedestrian safety, education, infrastructure, sustainability and recreation related projects. Peter has also assisted with the administration and recovery of over $1.5 million in previously awarded grants to help clear bureaucratic red tape and allow for his clients to take full advantage of their grant awards. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Scranton.
Andrea Ramalho Senior Grants Manager
Since joining the firm in 2014, Andrea has secured over $15 million in grant funding for Millennium’s county and municipal clients. Awards have addressed a variety of key client priorities, including homeland security, prisoner reintegration, lead hazard remediation, land acquisition, natural disaster resiliency, transportation infrastructure improvements, and recreational and economic development. Andrea currently holds a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, as well as a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Security from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. Andrea also holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory with a minor in Anthropology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Catherine Kapura Senior Grants Manager
Catherine Kapura joined Millennium in 2015 and works with clients that range from county government, cities and suburban municipalities, as well as not for profit entities. She has successfully written and managed grants for clients relating to law enforcement, human services, prisoner reintegration, land acquisition, transportation, sustainability and recreational projects. Catherine holds a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and an M.P.P. in Environmental Policy and International Development from the University of Maryland.
Denise Rodriguez, Ph.D. Grants Manager
Denise Rodriguez joined Millennium in 2016 as Grants Manager. Her grant writing experience has centered around education, the arts and community-building initiatives, specifically in Asbury Park and Downtown Newark. Denise graduated Magna CUM Laude with a BA in English and minor in Spanish from Wagner College. She holds a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she studied under Pulitzer-Prize-winning scholar Louis Menand. She was a Writing Fellow at Borough of Manhattan Community College an Adjunct Professor of English at City College and an Assistant Professor of English at The College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale, New York.
Laura Wintroub Grants Manager
Laura Wintroub joined Millennium in 2015 as a Grants Manager and is currently assisting a variety of municipal and education clients. Prior to joining the firm, Laura spent 13 years working with several community development non-profit entities, focusing on economic development and entrepreneurship training. She has led program development, managed community investment pooled loan funds and overseen grant writing activities. Laura holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College and currently serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit entrepreneurship training organization located in Jersey City, N.J.
Danielle Anderson Grants Manager
Danielle Anderson joined Millennium Strategies in 2014, acting as the lead for all grant research support services. Now a Grants Manager, Danielle supports the acquisition of funding to enable a wide variety of municipal and county projects. Prior to her time at Millennium, Danielle worked in Washington, DC as a political protégé, organizing and deploying social initiatives of a local political Super PAC. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Northwestern University.
Kevin Stevens Grants Manager
Kevin Stevens joined Millennium Strategies as a Grant Management Intern in 2011. Since that time, Kevin earned both an M.A. and M.Phil. in English from Fordham University, where he taught composition and literature courses and managed the university’s Lincoln Center Writing Center. In 2017, Kevin returned to Millennium as a Grants Manager, where he currently manages a range of clients, from urban cities to County park systems. Kevin is also a doctoral candidate in Fordham’s English department and is completing a dissertation on noise and nineteenth-century British literature. Kevin holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Political Science from Seton Hall University, where he graduated valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2011.
Norah Hatch Grants Manager
Norah Hatch joined Millennium Strategies in 2017 as a Grants Manager. Norah received a B.A. and M.A. in Literature and previously taught writing courses at Seton Hall University. As a part of her experience in higher education, Norah worked in the editorial department of an academic publishing house. At Millennium, Norah is responsible for managing a grant portfolio for a number of municipal and county clients, working to secure grant funding for their strategic initiatives.
Nealon Isaacs Grants Manager
A graduate of Rutgers University, Nealon Isaacs joined Millennium Strategies in 2017 as a Grants Manager and currently works with a number of municipal clients across New Jersey and New York. Prior to joining Millennium, Nealon served as the Legislative Director for the Office of State Senator Raymond Lesniak, where he played a key role in the advancement of crucial social and economic legislation. His experiences have caused him to develop a passion for advocating on behalf of the “little guy”, which he incorporates into his everyday work. Nealon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University, where he studied Political Science and English. At Rutgers, Nealon also volunteered as a coach to the Elizabeth High School Speech and Debate team where he helped students reach local, state, and national recognition in Public Forum Debate. He is also a Commissioner on the Planning Board for the City of Elizabeth.
Dev Govindji Research Associate
Dev Govindji recently joined Millennium in 2017 as the firm’s Research Associate. Previously, Dev worked on the Phil Murphy for Governor Campaign as a field operative and key member of the policy team. Dev’s prior experience also includes organizing several grassroots campaigns, start-ups, and student organizations in Central Jersey. At Millennium, he is responsible for leading the development and dissemination of all grant research, and coordinating with grant managers in order to identify quality funding opportunities for clients. Dev graduated in May 2016 with a BA in Sociology and minor in Africana Studies from Rutgers – New Brunswick.
Jamel Holley Business Development Manager
In 2015, Jamel Holley was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly representing the 20th Legislative District. He serves on the Assembly Higher Education Committee, the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee and the Assembly Women and Children Committee. Jamel has been regarded as one of the most engaged young elected officials in the State of New Jersey. In 2001, Jamel became the youngest elected official in Union County when he was elected as Councilman At-Large of the Borough of Roselle, New Jersey. Holley served as the Mayor for the Borough. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from New Jersey City University and holds a Master of Public Administration from Kean University.