October 27, 2017
On October 10, 2017 PSI announced that they had promoted two outstanding members of their staff: top Democratic strategist, William Maer, and AIA NJ Executive Director, Joseph Simonetta, to Senior Partner.
AIA NJ is very proud and excited to extend our congratulations to Joe!
Upon joining AIA-NJ in 1995 as executive director, Joe brought with him the unique experience of already being the Executive Director of two allied organizations, the NJ Professional Society of Engineers (NJPSE) and the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NJASLA). This was one of the key reasons why the leaders of AIA-NJ at that time decided to hire Joe and his firm, Public Strategies Impact. Joe’s unique position representing all three organizations enables Joe to share knowledge and information from both organizational and legislative perspectives.
Organizationally, through Joe’s efforts, AIA-NJ and NJPSE have jointly conducted annual programs for Disaster Assistance Training. To date well over 400 professional engineers and registered architects have been trained to assist in post-disaster building evaluations through the California Office of Emergency Services, a much-needed force of professionals that will be available for the next natural disaster. Since Superstorm Sandy, AIA-NJ has worked with several State and County agencies including the State Police, Office of Emergency Management, the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and FEMA in order for those organizations to be aware of the resource that AIA-NJ has created. In addition, AIA-NJ has continued to host a yearly event on storm preparedness, including Hurriplan. Joe’s ability to leverage his position with NJPSE made this effort farther reaching and strengthened AIA-NJ’s relationship with NJPSE.
Legislatively, as the lobbyist for AIA-NJ, Joe monitors well over 250 bills each year that impact the built environment, where many of these bills also affect allied professions. Joe is very keen to understand that by working with allied organizations, AIA-NJ is able to accomplish even more regulatory change for the health, safety and welfare of the public. An example of this is the NJ Building Design Services Act, which governs the types of work that architects and engineers may perform. This Act is enforced by the NJ Joint Committee of Architects and Engineers, which Joe has regularly lobbied on behalf of architects and engineers to ensure that works are protected for both.
Learn more about the promotion here.
AIA NJ looks forward to a continued, positive relationship with PSI Senior Partner, Joseph Simonetta as its Executive Director. Congratulations, Joe!
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