Lisa J. Plevin has more than 35 years of experience in government and nonprofit leadership roles, with particular expertise in environmental policy and management. Her background includes significant work in environmental advocacy and natural resource protection.

Prior to joining the Highlands Council staff, Lisa held the role of Deputy Director, Environment and Energy for Governor Phil Murphy. In that role, she served as policy lead for the Environment and Energy Transition Committee, collaborating with committee members and stakeholder groups to identify key priorities and implementation strategies that formed the foundation of the committee’s report to the Governor.

Lisa’s experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2. At the EPA, Lisa was part of the leadership team for a 900-person agency focused on a wide range of environmental programs and projects in New Jersey and other areas of the Region.

Before working with the EPA, Lisa spent much of her career with U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, serving as a senior advisor on environmental issues in New Jersey. During her tenure with the Senator, Lisa was involved in the development of the 1992 US Forest Service Highlands Regional Study, which was among the reports that provided the framework and foundation for both the federal Highlands Conservation Act and the New Jersey Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act. In addition, Lisa also was involved in the preservation of thousands of acres in the Highlands region, including 22,000 acres spanning the New York-New Jersey border in Sterling Forest, which was under the threat of development at the time. Additionally, Lisa has held several roles in the nonprofit sector, supporting organizations focused on community development, environmental advocacy, and public policy.

Lisa holds a BS in Environmental Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is a member of the Parsippany Environmental Advisory Council and has been a resident of Parsippany for over 20 years.