Director of Planning and Science

Christine Danis has more than two decades of experience as an environmental scientist and regional land use planner in New Jersey. She has been a member of the Highlands Council staff since its inception in 2004 and prior to being appointed Director of Planning and Science, Chris was a Lead Principal Planner working with municipalities and counties within the Highlands Region as they moved toward conformance with the Regional Master Plan and overseeing the Highlands Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program.

Before joining the Highlands Council staff, Chris served as a Program Director for the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment, a non-profit located at the Edward. J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University. She specializes in regional land use planning, GIS modeling analysis, community revitalization plans, and utilizing outreach and technology to build community capacity. Chris’s experience also includes work for IT Corporation (now known as the Shaw Group) where she served as the Surface Water and Sediment Quality Specialist for New York City’s Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, NY. She has also worked as a consultant for a broad range of private and public sector clients, including Department of Defense and Department of Energy facilities across the nation. A former Trustee of the South Branch Watershed Association, Chris was a recipient of the Association’s “Hermia Lechner” award for outstanding volunteer service. She has also published several articles in academic journals focused on environmental and land use issues and is a member of the ASTM International Sustainability Committee.

Chris is a licensed NJ Professional Planner and an American Institute Certified Planner. She received a B.S. in Biology from Stockton State College, a M.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, Cook College, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.