The New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) said Thursday that Carol Ann Short, who has been chief executive officer for the last seven years, will step down on May 31.
Short served as the first female to lead the organization in its 72-year history. An attorney and government relations professional, she joined NJBA more than 30 years ago.
For several years she served as NJBA’s director of legal and legislative affairs before leaving to join the law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP. Short returned to NJBA as vice president of government affairs and then the association’s chief operating officer. In 2013, Short became the first woman to hold the position of chief executive officer.
“I have been very honored and extremely proud to be at the helm of this great association passionately representing its interests in the halls of Trenton,” Short said. “NJBA is a tremendous resource for the policymakers, is one of the most well-respected trade associations in this state and is widely considered the voice of the housing industry in New Jersey.”
“When Carol announced her resignation in February, we knew we were going to lose a tremendous asset to our industry,” NJBA Immediate Past President Corey Wescoe said in a prepared statement. “Her leadership and counsel over the years have been invaluable, as well as her most recent advocacy on behalf of the building industry in response to the governor’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency and statewide shuttering due to the coronavirus outbreak.”
Newly installed NJBA President Michael Canuso said that Short immediately began working to ensure that construction was deemed essential when COVID-19 hit the state.
Earlier this month Short was named to the governor’s Restart & Recovery Council, which is tasked with providing guidance on the reopening of New Jersey’s economy. There, she will continue to serve the interests of the home building industry as a member of the recovery council.
“The past seven years as CEO of NJBA have been the most rewarding and challenging of my entire professional career,” said Short. “I am also very proud that this association continues to play a major role in the promotion of decent, safe and affordable housing opportunities for all the residents of this great state.”
Licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she began her career in the government arena with Gov. Tom Kean’s Counsel’s Office following graduation from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. She then worked for the New Jersey General Assembly Republican Office as a legislative committee researcher and later served as counsel for that office.