Ed Potosnak, Executive Director

Ed Potosnak

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ed grew up fishing, swimming and boating in the waters of the Garden State. As a young man Ed worked alongside his brothers in his parents’ small business manufacturing life-saving communication devices for first responders.

After a decade in the classroom teaching Chemistry, Ed sought out an opportunity to improve education and environmental policy and was awarded a highly competitive Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship to serve on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC where he crafted policies designed to improve our nation’s health and competitiveness.

Ed is Executive Director of New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, the leading political voice for the environment. Ed is also Chair of the New Jersey Keep it Green Coalition, New Jersey State Lead for the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University, a member of the Rutgers Glee Club Alumni Advisory Committee, and serves as President of the Franklin Township Board of Education. Ed enjoys reading, sailing, golf, skiing, singing, cooking, SCUBA, hiking, running, biking, and camping.

Kaitlin Barakat, Water Quality Coordinator

Kaitlin Barakat

Kaitlin Barakat is the Water Quality Coordinator for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Rowan University. As an undergrad, she participated in research studying the effects of urbanization on native turtle species, as well as performing various projects testing water quality on campus. 

After she graduated, Kaitlin was an intern on Chris Brown’s campaign in Legislative District 2 and held various other jobs before joining New Jersey LCV. As a Bordentown resident, Kaitlin has the Delaware River in her backyard, and hopes to explore creative ways to improve New Jersey’s water quality and protect the environment. 

Dominic Brennan, Field Organizer

Dominic Brennan

Dominic Brennan is a Field Organizer with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania and New Jersey League of Conservation Voters. Dominic graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from St. Lawrence University.

Dominic served as an AmeriCorps member for two years, first in Knoxville, TN, and then in Burlington, VT. In Knoxville, Dominic worked with CAC AmeriCorps and Knox County Stormwater Department as an environmental educator. In Burlington, Dominic worked with the Lake Champlain Committee as the Education and Outreach Coordinator.

In his free time, Dominic enjoys cooking, biking, and hiking. 

Lee M. Clark, Watershed Outreach Manager

Lee M. Clark

Lee M. Clark is the Watershed Outreach Manager for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. A resident of Phillipsburg, Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master's degree in Business Communication from Rider University.

Prior to his work with the Delaware River Watershed, Lee worked as the Field Director for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund’s Green in ’17 campaign, an initiative to raise awareness around prominent environmental issues including clean energy, clean drinking water, open space preservation, and environmental justice. Before joining the NJLCV and CVPA team, Lee worked in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign, coordinating canvasses, voter registration drives, phone banks, and volunteer recruitment. Lee also has local and state-level campaign experience including working as a field representative with Bonnie Watson Coleman’s 2014 U.S. House of Representatives campaign and Cory Booker’s 2013 U.S. Senate campaign. Having an interest in open space and historical land preservation, Lee is a member of the Phillipsburg Area Historical Society. An avid outdoorsman from a young age, Lee enjoys camping, fishing, and hiking in his free time. 

Henry Gajda, Public Policy Associate

Henry Gajda Portrait

Henry Gajda is the Public Policy Associate for the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters.  Before joining the NJLCV team, Henry served as a Campaign Finance Fellow on the 2018 Congressional Campaign of Andy Kim, who is running in NJ-03 district.  

Henry received his Master's of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School in Manhattan and wrote his thesis on "Ensuring Distributed Energy Resource Investment within Community Choice Aggregations in New York State." While in graduate school, Henry served as a teaching assistant for multiple urban environmental policy and design courses, and has conducted extensive policy research for several organizations - at home and abroad - regarding climate change, land use, mitigating risk, and community resilience. He also attended Rutgers University and received his Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Policy and Ecology. 

Henry is from the coastal town Brick, New Jersey, and loves spending his time traveling, listening to live music, and relaxing on the beach.

Joe Hendershot, Field Organizer

Joe Hendershot

Joe Hendershot is a Field Organizer for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. A lifelong resident of Hamilton, New Jersey, Joe graduated Summa Cume Laude with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History from Rutgers University. Joe's studies focused on whether humanitarianism can be a topic of partial involvement or must be a goal that entirely encompasses a cause.

While in school Joe interned with New Jersey LCV assisting with policy and development projects. Joe was also a coordinator for the Daily Targum’s referendum and after that worked on the Joint campaign for New Jersey’s Legislative District 14 campaign.

Joe enjoys traveling, reading, fishing, and camping.

Rebecca Hilbert, Policy Assistant

Rebecca Hilbert

Rebecca Hilbert is the Environmental Policy Assistant at New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stockton University in Environmental Studies. Growing up in Pennsauken, an urban area right across the bridge from Philly, Rebecca wasn’t exposed to how important the environment was until she went away to a school right in the middle of the Pinelands. Being a part of the school’s Model United Nations conference in the Galapagos Islands cemented the idea that environmental policy was where she wanted to head.

After graduating Rebecca spent a year gaining experience through various positions, first with the Fairfax County Park Authority working with their Natural Resource Department. Soon after, she was fortunate enough to work with two fantastic nonprofits. One was with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance coordinating their coastal restoration project along the NJ shore, and the second at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership working on projects to improve the City of Camden. Rebecca hopes to continue exploring ways to protect and improve the environment in New Jersey.

Hillary Mohaupt, Social Media Strategist

Hillary Mohaupt

Hillary Mohaupt is the Social Media Strategist for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. She’s spent over a decade helping small non-profit and cultural organizations tell their stories in print and online. A native of the Midwest, she enjoys exploring natural wonders across the US but prefers the restored prairies and woodlands of central Illinois. Hillary studied public history and the French resistance at Macalester College and the University of Delaware, and she holds an MFA in fiction from Pacific University in Oregon. 
 

Eva Piatek, Digital Campaigns Manager

Eva Piatek

Eva Piatek is the Digital Campaigns Manager for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. A proud Philly native, Eva has been living less than a mile from the Delaware River her entire life, so working on a program that supports the work of Watershed partner organizations hits right at home with her. 

Eva holds a master's degree in art history from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Scranton. She has worked for various art museums and nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia area over the years, primarily specializing in digital marketing, social media, and communications. Though she has spent most of her professional career advocating for the arts, Eva has always been an avid environmental advocate at heart. Some of her hobbies include traveling, baking, gardening, biking, and reading.

Kristin Zilcosky, Director of Digital Engagement

Kristin Zilcosky

Kristin Zilcosky is the Director of Digital Engagement for New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. Kristin is spearheading an exciting program to protect the Delaware River Watershed, building a digital “megaphone,” a list of 80,000 email activists who will be educated and mobilized, to support the work of the Watershed partner organizations. Before launching this project, Kristin served as the Digital Director for NARAL Pro-Choice America in Washington, DC. Kristin joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in 1999 and led the organization’s online campaigns, including email marketing, mobile advocacy, and social media. Before joining the world of progressive politics, Kristin did historical research. Kristin hails from upstate New York and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a degree in American Studies.