Adam Kaufman brings over 25 years of professional public affairs achievement to the Kaufman Zita Group the firm he co-founded in 2007 with partner Patrizia “Trish” Zita. Over the past several years, Adam was ranked among the 100 most powerful political players in PolitickerNJ’s Annual Power List, a list of the most powerful and politically influential non-elected officials in New Jersey. In their publication, the editors of PolitickerNJ described how Adam and Trish “carved out one of the most successful lobbying firms in the state.”
Having held senior positions in state government, Adam understands how government works and how to make government work for you. Adam has represented an impressive array of private sector, association and non-profit clients and has an unparalleled ability to understand your business, identify your problem, craft a solution, and shepherd that solution through the winding and confusing corridors of government. That is why, for the past 25 years, he has been one of New Jersey’s most successful and respected government relations executives.
Particularly in the energy sector, Adam has a proven track record of providing expert guidance and representation to his energy clients and has substantially participated in every significant energy policy and regulatory initiative in New Jersey for the past 25 years.
Since 1992, Adam has represented the Independent Energy Producers of New Jersey (IEPNJ), a not-for-profit trade association that represents owners, developers and operators of non-utility electric generating facilities. Adam also serves as IEPNJ’s executive director.
Although these companies were investing billions of dollars in energy technologies and infrastructure, they were not acting collectively to advance and protect their common interests. Consequently, Adam created a distinct identity and an effective political program for an industry that had been unrecognized in governmental and political circles. Directed by Adam, IEPNJ has established and fostered relationships with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, key legislators and policy makers influential in the energy sector, as well as environmental and energy reporters. As a result of this consistent and comprehensive outreach effort, IEPNJ is now a recognized leader in the independent power industry and a trusted voice in Trenton.
Adam began his career as Director of Government Relations at the 5,000 member New Jersey Dental Association. During his six-year tenure, he served as the principal legislative, regulatory and political analyst and created political education and fund-raising programs that achieved national acclaim.
In 1990, Adam was named Chief of Staff to New Jersey General Assembly Speaker Joseph V. Doria, Jr., managing the Office of the Speaker and serving as a senior advisor to the Assembly Democratic leadership on legislative and policy issues, media relations and politics. In 1992, Adam returned to his career as a professional government affairs advocate and has been making a difference for his clients ever since.
An avid art collector, Adam served for eight years as president of the New Jersey State Museum Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Mr. Kaufman also holds an associate’s degree from the Eagleton Institute of American Politics and Policy at Rutgers University. He often shares his extensive experience as a guest lecturer on lobbying and New Jersey politics and government at Rutgers University, the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and the Rebovich Institute of Politics located at Rider University.