Leaders in the Industry Panel

Jeremy Grunin

Jeremy Grunin has nearly 25 years of leadership experience in the private sector where he
managed teams of 1000+ employees responsible for over half a billion dollars in revenue. Since
2013, Jeremy has been actively engaged throughout the community as President of the Grunin
Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore.
Jeremy is a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in the
development and management of commercial real estate, as well as investing in third party
commercial ventures. He has also hosted several talk radio shows on both AM and FM radio,
including Topic A on WOBM. Jeremy’s greatest accomplishment will always be his three children
(now teenagers), Josh, Becca and Emma.
Jeremy’s Foundation, Advisory and Board Directorships include:
• Chairman of Count Basie Center for the Arts;
• Immediate Past Chairman of Fulfill (formerly The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean);
• Executive Board Member of Center For Non-Profits;
• Executive Board Member of Council of New Jersey Grantmakers;
• Board Member of YMCA of Greater Monmouth County;
• Board Member of Jersey Shore Medical Center Foundation;
• Board Member of Meridian Health Foundation;
• Board Member of Arts Ed NJ;
• Board Member of Monmouth University;
• Board Member of Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship (WCEC);
• Co-Chair of the NJ Arts and Culture Recovery Fund Steering Committee;
• Co-Chair of mindALIGNED Steering Committee;
• Chairman of Exit 82 Theatre;
• Advisory Board Member of the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at
NYU School of Law;
• Trustee of Springpoint Senior Living Foundation;
• Executive Board Member and Former Chair of the Greater Toms River Chamber of
• Board Member of Ocean County Military Support Committee; and
• Appointed Member to Ocean County Tourism and Business Development Advisory

Jeffrey M. Vega

Jeffrey Vega is the President & CEO of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, which has the mission of promoting philanthropy to advance the well-being of communities forever. With more than two decades of nonprofit leadership experience, Mr. Vega is an expert in creating social change through community building, leadership, and grantmaking. He has been honored and recognized for his work by various nonprofit and faith-based organizations and government agencies. Prior to joining the Community Foundation in 2015, Mr. Vega served as President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, an organization established to revitalize the City of New Brunswick through private/public partnerships. Mr. Vega is Board Chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and serves on the Board of the Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce. He earned a bachelor’s degree in three majors, Urban Studies, Human Ecology, and International Environmental Studies from Cook College, Rutgers University, and a master’s degree as an Eagleton Fellow in Political Science/Public Policy from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University.

Geraldine (Jerry) Flach

Jerry Flach MBA, PMP is a Community Development and Project Management Professional furthering community investments through her current role as VP, Corporate Social Responsibility and CRA Officer for the NJ Region at Valley, an innovative regional bank. Her career spans financial services and nonprofit organizations including with the Habitat for Humanity where she led their green building and neighborhood revitalization programs. Jerry also teaches classes in project and nonprofit management at William Paterson University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. Fully engaged in her community, Jerry chairs her town’s Sustainable Jersey Green Team and serves as a Commissioner with the Manchester Utility Authority and with the local Planning Board. In her also volunteer role as a Soil Conservation District Supervisor for the Hudson, Essex, Passaic District, she advocates for soil health and urban sustainability.

Mary Blanusa

Mary Blanusa, Executive Director of The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, has extensive experience in organizational management, collective impact, strategic planning, and program development & implementation in philanthropy and nonprofit fields. Having grown up in Northern New Jersey and spending most of her life here, Mary is keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges facing the region. Mary is committed to collaborative leadership, working with community members and leaders from all sectors across Northern New Jersey, to build stronger, more equitable, resilient communities.

Prior to NNJCF, Mary was Senior Director of Strategy at America Achieves where she led efforts bringing together philanthropy, local non-profits, educators, start-ups, and international corporations, such as Amazon and Uber, to design integrated education to workforce programs serving low to moderate income youth and adults. Mary was a Program Officer at The Helmsley Charitable Trust where she led policy, advocacy and communications grantmaking in the education portfolio. She has led collaborative grantmaking initiatives, working with colleagues from major US philanthropies to pool funds and align grantmaking towards common goals and outcomes. Mary served in a number of programmatic and leadership roles at the Council for Economic Education, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations and Partnerships. At Weston Solutions, Mary supported community engagement in environmental development projects across the NY/NJ region. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching English and environmental education to middle school students in Hungary.

Mary holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the Heller School of Public Policy at Brandeis University and a Bachelor’s degree from American University. She currently serves on the board of Seek Common Ground and as Board Chair of The English Learners Success Forum