Who We Are
Julia M. Somers, Executive Director
Elliott Ruga, Policy and Communications Director
Lauren Swern, Development Director
Since joining NJHC in May, 2013, Lauren has developed and led a variety of fundraising initiatives which support the organization’s programming and operating budgets. She brings to the Coalition a background in fundraising, marketing, public relations and retail operations. Lauren also serves as Lead Instructor at County College of Morris, overseeing the nonprofit certificate program and teaches some of their fundraising courses alongside talented nonprofit leaders to develop future talent; builds, reshape, and reinvigorate fundraising and nonprofit management participants. Lauren is a member of a variety of professional organizations including the Grant Professional Association (GPA), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Women in Development (WID) and is an organizer for the NJ Environmental Fundraisers Gathering and The Marketing Dinner Club.
Brielle Olshan, Director of Strategy and Operations
Brielle joined the Coalition in October 2020. She maintains the Coalition’s membership database, handles membership renewal cycles, processes and tracks donations to the Coalition, and manages fiscal sponsorships with member organizations. Additionally, she oversees the Small Grants Program and provides technical and administrative support to the Board of Trustees. Brielle joins the Coalition with policy, planning, and development experience from The Land Conservancy of New Jersey and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed. She is chair of the Norwood Environmental Commission.
Dylan Medici, Manager of Outreach and Education
Dylan grew up in Rockaway Township and received his B.A. in history from Rutgers University. He began his environmental career in 2020 by serving two consecutive Americorps service terms: with the NY-NJ Trail Conference in the Catskills, and with the Student Conservation Association at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New York. He brings with him a background in creating sustainable and equal access to the outdoors through education and volunteer service. He continues to volunteer throughout New Jersey and New York with the NY-NJ Trail Conference and Jolly Rovers Trail Crew to build hiking trails.