The NJTPA Board of Trustees voted unanimously during its meeting Monday to name David W. Behrend the agency’s executive director.
Behrend most recently served as deputy executive director. He replaces Mary D. Ameen who retired in June.
“I want to congratulate you and thank you for your work as Acting Executive Director over the past four months,” NJTPA Chair John W. Bartlett, a Passaic County Commissioner, said after the vote. “Your experience leading the agency’s extraordinary staff and collaborating with our many partners will provide important continuity as we look to seize all the opportunities available under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other initiatives.”
“I’d like to thank the NJTPA Board for entrusting me with this position and the great staff of the NJTPA for all their hard work over many years,” Behrend said. “This is an exciting time to be involved in the world of transportation planning and infrastructure, and I look forward to continuing the growth and improvement of the NJTPA.”
Behrend has been at the NJTPA for more than 20 years, serving in various roles. Prior to becoming deputy executive director, he was director of the Department of Communications and Government Affairs.
Prior to joining the NJTPA, Behrend was an editor and reporter for the Courier News, among other publications.
He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a Lead New Jersey Fellow, Class of 2012.