Barbara Vadnais is the Program Manager for Brownfields and Sustainable Systems at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), where she currently administers the Brownfield Redevelopment Incentive Program—created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 to support assessment, investigation, and remediation activities, hazardous materials abatement, waste disposal, and structural remedial activities. Barbara´s role at the NJEDA sees her involved in a variety of financing programs designed to cleanup and redevelop brownfields into positive assets for New Jersey communities.
Barbara holds a professional engineer license from the State of New Jersey and her prior experience as an environmental engineer includes working as a consultant on multiple phases of the US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection projects.
Before joining the NJEDA, Barbara was a small business owner in the food industry with projects that included the redevelopment of an underutilized industrial building that was modernized into an attractive workspace for food entrepreneurs.
Barbara earned her BS in Environmental Technology from Cornell University and her MS in Environmental Engineering from Duke University. She also volunteers her time to serve as Board President of the Association on New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) and as Chair of the Princeton Flood and Stormwater Committee.