Regional Leaders Named to Rand Institute Advisory Board

By Mike Sepanic

Three regional leaders have been named to the advisory board for the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden.

The newly appointed board members are Dan Foley, vice president of consulting for Innovative Benefit Planning; Amy Osborn, vice president and head of private banking for Republic Bank in southern New Jersey and Philadelphia; and Christina Renna, senior vice president at the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey.

They join a 26-member board consisting of leaders from a diverse range of sectors sharing a commitment to advancing southern New Jersey through the research conducted at the Rutgers University–Camden policy center.

Dan Foley

Dan Foley

“It’s important for South Jersey to think and act regionally if we hope to balance our competing desires for growth with the preservation of the quality of life that makes South Jersey such an attractive place to live,” says Darren Spielman, executive director of the Rand Institute at Rutgers–Camden. “These individuals are committed to the Rand Institute’s mission to leverage Rutgers–Camden research expertise in order to bring together citizens and policy makers on behalf of South Jersey’s citizens.”

Foley serves as vice president of consulting with the employee benefit consulting firm Innovative Benefit Planning. He is a certified corporate wellness specialist who helps employers implement alternative funding plan designs and wellness programs with a measurable ROI. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Seton Hall University.

Amy Osborn

Amy Osborn

Osborn is a vice president at Republic Bank, where she manages and provides banking concierge services for high net-worth customers and works to grow the private banking portfolio through traditional banking products. She has served on the boards of the Southern New Jersey Development Council, the Patriot Fund, and Maryville Addiction Treatment Centers of New Jersey, and is active with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. She is a graduate of Atlantic Cape Community College and Rutgers University–Camden.

Christina Renna

Christina Renna

Renna currently serves as senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, and is slated to become president of South Jersey’s largest business organization at the end of the year. She served in the administration of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie and is a member of the board for Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Saint Joseph’s University and her master’s degree in public administration from Villanova University.

The Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden addresses public policy issues impacting southern New Jersey through applied research, community engagement, and organizational development.

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