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Policy Analyst and New Jersey Project Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Ingrid W. Reed directs the New Jersey Project, an initiative designed to reinforce and expand the contributions of Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics to the governance and politics of its home state. Among its initiatives are research and programs on campaign and election activity,  ethics administration, and governance issues.

Reed’s work focuses on campaigns and elections from the point of view of the citizen. She organized the study of “Clean Elections: Public Financing in Six States including New Jersey’s Pilot Projects” and a report on  “Television Coverage of the 2005 New Jersey Election,” authored by Professor Matthew Hale of Seton Hall University.  Most recently, Reed prepared the report, “The New Jersey Local Government Ethics Law and an Assessment of Its Effectiveness.”

Other  papers by Reed are: “Issues in Voter Participation: Do We Know What They Are? If We Know, What Can We Do About Them?” prepared for Rutgers’s Center for Government Services Policy Seminar Series;  “The 2001 New Jersey Election,” one of four reports prepared for The Century Foundation assessing the extent to which problems in the 2000 Florida election persisted in 2001; a  report with recommendations about the 1998 New Jersey Congressional Campaigns, “Not Bad But Not Enough,” co-authored with Professor Gerald Pomper. Reed has conducted similar studies for the 2000 congressional campaigns, the 2001 and 2003 New Jersey gubernatorial and legislative races, and the 2002 U.S. Senate and House races.

In 2001-2002, Reed was associate director for a pilot project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the NJ Department of Community Affairs, conducted collaboratively with Syracuse University's Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Administration, that resulted in a report, "The New Jersey Initiative: Building Management Capacity in New Jersey Municipalities."

Reed has  written columns on New Jersey politics and government for the state’s major newspapers and for NJBIZ, a  weekly business publication. She is frequently interviewed for analysis of New Jersey public affairs by state, national and international media.

In her public service activities, Reed has a wide range of experiences in state politics and planning, governance and community affairs including: member of the New Jersey State Planning Committee for Implementing the Federal Help America Vote Act; chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Local Government Ethics; chair of the Capital City (Trenton) Redevelopment Corporation, a state agency, since it began in 1988;  founder and board member of New Jersey Future, the organization advocating the implementation of the State Development and Redevelopment Act; member of the Regional Plan Association, New Jersey Committee;  trustee of the Community Foundation of New Jersey from 2000 to 2009; and vice-chair of the board of the Institute of Public Administration (NYC).

In 1993, she was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and served on its special panel on Civic Trust and Citizen Responsibility. From 1983 to 1986, she held a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship.  She received the 2009 Civic Leadership Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Before joining the Eagleton Institute in 1996, Reed was vice president for public affairs and corporate secretary of The Rockefeller University in New York City, and assistant dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she also directed the Rockefeller Public Service Awards Program. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.