We are a group of residents interested in international affairs and community education. We want to advance public dialogue on key US foreign policy challenges and connect the globally curious here in New Jersey.
Roz Engel, Founder & President
Roz is a Distinguished Professor of the Practice at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she teaches courses on economics and foreign policy. She has held several high-level positions in the U.S. government, including at the U.S. Treasury, the National Intelligence Council, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ, and raised her own family in Millburn.
Cheryl Burstein, Vice-President
Cheryl Burstein is Chief Operating Officer of Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C., where she has been a shareholder since 2006. She is an ex-officio member of the law firm’s executive committee, following service as a committee member. Cheryl is the former Mayor of Millburn Township and currently sits as a Committeeperson on the Millburn Township Committee (Town Council). She received her BA from SUNY Buffalo and her JD from Hofstra University.
Niso Abuaf is Chief Economist and Strategist at Ramirez & Co., where he formulates the macroeconomic outlook and develops financial strategies for corporate clients. During his 35 years on Wall Street, Niso has worked extensively with sovereigns. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and Turkish, and has a working knowledge of German and Italian. Niso is also a Clinical Professor of Finance and Economics at Pace University and previously taught at NYU Stern and Chicago Booth.
Gerald D. Cohen is a Senior Economist at Haver Analytics and has worked in both the public and private sectors focusing on the intersection between financial markets and economic fundamentals. During the Obama Administration he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Macroeconomic Analysis at the US Department of Treasury. He holds a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and lives in Short Hills, NJ.
Jonathan Engel is a Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. He has written extensively about the history of health, medicine, and social welfare policy. He is currently working on a book about Cold War science policy in the United States. Jonathan has also taught at Seton Hall University, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and at the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts.