Jeanner Herb
Jeanne Herb
Human-environmental interactions; environmental policy; participatory decision-making processes; science and risk communication

Downtown New Brunswick Campus
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Jeanne Herb is Executive Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, a center of service, research and practice at the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy where she leads initiatives at the intersection of social and environmental determinants of health, health equity, environmental sustainability, state and local public policy, and inclusive, participatory decision-making. Jeanne’s work involves facilitating cross-sector coalitions and collective impact partnerships to advance shared efforts and to use those experiences to inform evidence-based public policy. She leads efforts to assess health equity outcomes of decisions associated with the built and natural environment and other sectors and to develop tools that can be used at the state level to inform state and local strategic health equity and environmental sustainability efforts. Jeanne Co-Directs the state’s Climate Change Resource Center, a statutorily established and academically housed service center providing support to communities, state and local decision-makers and the private sector to advance equitable and science-informed climate change solutions. She also co-facilitates the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, a collaboration of diverse New Jersey thought leaders that, for ten years, has advanced science-informed climate action in New Jersey. She serves as a member of the senior leadership teams for the Rutgers Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience Program, the Rutgers Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, and the Bloustein School Planning Healthy Communities Initiative and she participates as a member of the University President’s Task Force on Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience.

Prior to joining Rutgers in 2010, Jeanne spent more than two decades at the state Department of Environmental Protection, most recently as the Assistant Commissioner of Policy, Planning and Science where she oversaw multidisciplinary programs related to environmental health, sustainable planning and development Environmental Justice, climate change and coastal management. Jeanne serves on the New Jersey Department of Health Healthy New Jersey 2030 Advisory Committee, the Regional Plan Association’s New Jersey Committee, and the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Educational Foundation Board. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and the Rutgers Leadership Academy. Jeanne is an adjunct member of the faculty and teaches applied community planning studio courses and a graduate course on engagement and communication of science-related topics with decision-makers. She is a 1981 alumnus of Rutgers University and has a Master’s degree in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism from New York University.