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Jim has served as Executive Director of The Watershed Institute since April 2005. With more than thirty years of experience in the conservation field, he serves as a go-to resource for government officials and community leaders on how to best protect clean water and the environment throughout the region. Jim has led the Watershed through a period of strong program expansion and accomplishment. He spearheaded the broadening of the organization’s mission and change to its name and brand, as well as the creation of the Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy Science & Education, a LEED-Platinum facility that has garnered a number of prominent awards for sustainability and innovation.
Kevin joined The Watershed Institute staff in 2013. As Deputy Director, he functions as the organization’s COO/CFO. Kevin holds a B.A. from The College of New Jersey in Political Science with a minor in Business Management. Before joining the Watershed, Kevin earned 19 years of experience directing and developing community programs for the non-profit sector, most recently at the Princeton Family YMCA, serving as senior program director of operations.
Property Maintenance Manager
Mike Pisauro, Esq.
Mike Pisauro is a practicing attorney with over 25 years of experience. As the Advocacy Director for The Watershed Institute, Mike engages with state and local officials to improve and protect New Jersey’s watersheds. Along with helping state officials update New Jersey’s stormwater management rules, he wrote The Watershed Institute’s enhanced model stormwater ordinance. This effort helped guide municipalities in better protecting local communities from flooding and improve water quality. In past years, he has worked on a campaign to overturn the Christie administration’s weakening of the Flood Hazard Rules as well as efforts leading to the enactment of New Jersey’s Clean Stormwater and Flood Reduction Act. He appears regularly before zoning and planning boards to comment on development applications.
Municipal Policy Specialist
Steve Tuorto, Ph.D.
Director of Science & Stewardship
Steve joined The Watershed Institute staff in 2016, bringing with him an impressive background of lab and field research, data analysis, and reporting of environmental and ecological research. His mix of experiences in academia and the private sector include time working as senior R&D scientist at Terra Cycle. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in 2008 in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and has conducted research in a variety of ecosystems, including open-ocean, estuary, riverine, groundwater and permafrost.
Assistant Director of Science & Stewardship
Jeff has dedicated more than 35 years to The Watershed Institute and environmental education. As Education Director, he provides the vision and direction for the Watershed’s education program, overseeing staff and interns. He leads workshops and programs for teachers, students and the public, partners with local organizations and municipal groups, speaks at community events and inspires others to love the natural world through outlets like his Kids & Nature Blog.
Assistant Director of Education
Membership & Development
Jenny-Ann Kershner has been The Watershed Institute’s development director since 2015. She has extensive experience in fundraising, grant-making, and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining the Watershed, Jenny was the Development Director for the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, building relationships with alumni, foundations, and corporations to advance the school’s mission.
Development & Systems Operations Manager
Special Events Coordinator