Public Involvement

Outreach Liaisons

Three woman look at a map of a project study area.The pilot Outreach Liaison Program consists of five people from diverse backgrounds and professions.  Each brings different perspectives to help create a more informed transportation decision-making process.

The outreach liaisons will help tailor our public outreach strategies to the specific needs of a project or study area’s ethnic or cultural groups. Liaisons may offer knowledge about cultural nuances, interface with community members on behalf of the agency, facilitate community meetings or events, and provide translation services, if needed.

The goal of this two-year pilot program is to engage residents more effectively in transportation planning, increase public understanding of our work, and ensure engagement is diverse and inclusive. Our 13-county region is one of most diverse areas in the country, with communities that represent many races, ethnicities, cultures, languages, identities, religions, and traditions. 

Meet the Outreach Liaisons

Bishop Miltinia Bland is a Superior Court Mediator and President/Founder of BITE Corp, a nonprofit, community-based organization.  Bland provides information and education and fosters positive collaborations through community-based services to help mitigate the effects of disparities in underserved communities. Through her work with BITE, Bland runs a food pantry serving more than 1,000 community members throughout northern New Jersey.
 
Brett K. Carroll is a sales and marketing professional in the pharmaceutical, consumer products, and financial services industries.  Carroll has designed and implemented advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns, and planning processes in numerous projects. He has also served as a diversity team leader in different organizations and has provided analytical, strategic planning, and leadership training services to faith-based organizations. Carroll volunteers in local municipalities, public school districts, faith-based organizations, and recreation departments.
 
Fallon Davis, Co-Founder, CEO, & President of STEAM URBAN, is an educator, producer, and entrepreneur involved in the arts and art therapy. Davis is dedicated to effective planning and implementation of programs and processes that make the lives of marginalized individuals better, with a particular emphasis on elevating under-served and at-risk youth in Black and Brown communities.
 
Li Ching Jung is President and Founder of Cultural and Creative Exchange, an organization that aims to spread Eastern Asian culture through creative art shows, exhibitions, and performances. Jung is Honorary President of the Chinese American Cultural Association, Commissioner of Overseas Community Affairs Council ROC (Taiwan) Chapter and Former Chairman of the Taiwan Benevolent Association of NJ Charter.
 
Sabrina Ross is an experienced Community Engagement Manager with Unified Vailsburg Services Organization in Newark.  She has extensive experience in community engagement, outreach, marketing and communications. Ross is also an active volunteer with several community groups including the Vailsburg Garden Committee, Newark Community Street Team, and the Late Bloomer Project. She is also an avid cyclist.