Since 2006, CNJG has hosted a series of highly successful gatherings entitled Conversations with the Cabinet. These programs provide representatives of New jersey’s philanthropic community with the opportunity to learn first-hand the priorities, activities and goals of various departments of the current Governor’s administration.
In previous years, grantmakers have been joined by Catherine McCabe, Department of Environmental Protection, Jennifer Velez, New Jersey Commissioner of Human Services, Commissioners Heather Howard and Mary O'Dowd of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Commissioner Charles A. Richman of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Commissioners Kimberly Ricketts and Allison Blake of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Commissioner Bob Martin of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Commissioner David Hespe of the New Jersey Department of Education. At each gathering, attendees discussed initiatives of mutual interest to government and the philanthropic community and opportunities for partnership to support the goals and missions of each. Most recently CNJG met with Commissioner Norbut Beyer of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families in September 2019.