Longtime New Jersey Policy Perspective President Gordon MacInnes said he is stepping down from the advocacy group’s top post, according to a statement issued Wednesday.
As NJPP launches a national search for a replacement, MacInnes will remain with the organization as a distinguished senior fellow, “focusing on his research on New Jersey’s preschool education system, its economic impact and opportunities for expansion,” the statement reads.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead New Jersey Policy Perspective in its pursuit for a stronger and more equitable economy,” MacInnes said in the statement. “NJPP is effective because it is disciplined in its selection of issues, reliable in its analyses and flexible in responding to changing political conditions.
MacInnes became the third president of the Trenton-based group in 2012, following stints as a state senator and assemblyman, assistant commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education, director of the Fund for New Jersey and Princeton University lecturer.
Tom Bracken, who heads the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, told NJBIZ that whoever takes over for MacInnes will have “big shoes to fill.”
“He’s done a very admirable job of leading [NJPP],” Bracken said. “We differ on many issues, but that’s a healthy process. He has a perspective, we have a perspective, and I think both sides are well-documented and well-articulated, and that just leads to healthy dialogue.”