INDUSTRY SERVICE AWARD
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
Anne Strauss-Wieder, Director of Freight Planning at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), is a nationally respected freight and logistics industry expert with deep understanding of: project facilitation and delivery; innovative economic development combined with transportation investment; private sector, elected official and community engagement; resiliency and business continuity; and widely used economic impact assessments. Since 2016, she has worked with the NJTPA to advance freight and associated economic development in the region, helping to ensure that freight infrastructure and systems meet 21st century needs.
She is a member of the Council on Port Performance and has undertaken the economic impact assessment of the New York-New Jersey Port Industry since the early 1980s. Anne began her career working at Conrail while still in college. After graduating, she joined the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop and deploy its first regional economic impact model and assessment process. She also led the freight analysis group, and began the tracking and analysis of industrial real estate and trends, building awareness of the importance of warehousing and distribution throughout the region. She has held leadership positions with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
In 1994 she founded a national consultancy focused on freight movement, industrial and economic development, and strategic involvement. Over the next 20 years the group worked with the private and public sectors on national and international projects, programs and policy developments involving all modes of freight transportation, industrial real estate, and economic analysis. As a NAIOP NJ member, Anne has served as Chair and Member of the I.CON Planning Committee and Deal of the Year Judges Panel. A frequent speaker at NAIOP events, she was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She was also President of the CSCMP NJ Roundtable, and Chairman of the TRB Freight Section. She received the Newark Business Partnership’s 2006 Transportation Leadership Award and was a 2010 Lead New Jersey Fellow.
Anne serves on the US Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, where she chairs the Workforce Subcommittee, and the US Maritime Administration Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee, where she co-chairs the Port Subcommittee. Most recently she has been involved in freight transportation and resiliency, including the COVID-19 Pandemic response and next steps.
Anne earned a BA and MA in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and developed and teaches a graduate course on Freight and Public Policy at the Bloustein School at Rutgers. She often speaks at national conferences and is regularly interviewed by the news media. She is also involved with the Newark Museum of Art. Anne is the proud mother of Benjamin, a theoretical physicist, and Max, an aerospace engineer, mother-in-law to Rachel and grandmother to Ruthann.