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Chemistry Council of NJ Expands Leadership Team

The Chemistry Council of New Jersey (CCNJ) has promoted long-time employees Elvin Montero and Ed Waters.

Elvin Montero

Elvin Montero

Elvin Montero will become the new deputy executive director of the Chemistry Council and will assist in the administration and strategic direction of the association in furthering the interests of the Council and the industry sectors it represents.

Prior to being named deputy executive director, Elvin has served as the director of communications and issues management for the last 17 years, overseeing external relations and membership programming and development. In addition, he has been the lead issues manager for security and energy matters and is well known for his work in chemical plant security and preparedness. During the pandemic he coordinated our industry’s response and closely collaborated with the NJ Office of Emergency Management and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. Communications will remain under Elvin in his expanded role, which will include overseeing Regulatory Affairs.

CCNJ’s Dennis Hart noted, “During my last five years as executive director, I have been impressed by Elvin’s business acumen and deep appreciation for and understanding of association management. I’ve experienced firsthand his ability to engage staff and to make sure we always keep our members as our priority when representing their interests in state government.  He has been an asset to our members and my team.   I look forward to working with Elvin in this new leadership role.”

“I am truly honored to have been promoted to fulfill this new position,” said Elvin Montero. “I look forward to working with Dennis and assisting him with optimizing the operations and administration of the Council to ensure we remain the premier business advocacy organization for the chemistry industry in New Jersey.”

Ed Waters

Ed Waters

The Council also announced the promotion of Ed Waters to senior director of government affairs.  In his new role, Waters will oversee both government and policy affairs for the council and will work closely with the new leadership team to ensure the Council’s advocacy strategy remains proactive and engaged in advancing the issues important to the membership.

“Ed is respected by everyone on both sides of the aisle and is a known problem solver involving a broad range of issues that impact our member companies,” stated Hart.

Prior to his promotion, Ed served as the director of government affairs for more than 14 years. He has been instrumental in helping CCNJ achieve an excellent reputation among policymakers and legislators for our transparent and honest approach to advocacy. Ed joined the CCNJ after several years working in both the legislative and executive branches of government.

“We base our advocacy on facts and science,” said Ed Waters, senior director of government affairs. “I have made it a part of our overall advocacy strategy to work with policymakers to help address potential issues with legislation and offering solutions that work for everyone.”

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