Lisa Plevin, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region II office, will become the new executive director of the Highlands Council.

The council voted unanimously to appoint Plevin, who’s expected to take up the post in August. She replaces Margaret Nordstrom, who held the job since 2014.

Lisa Plevin

Ed Potosnak, executive director of the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters, noted that past administrations too often have appointed members with no specialized knowledge of the Highlands. “It is so important for the council to have a leader that will uphold the intent of the 2004 Highlands Act — Lisa Plevin is that leader,’’ he said.

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