RCSG Grows and adds more policy strength to the team
The River Crossing Team is excited to announce our latest addition, Stephanie Albanese. Steph is a New Jersey native with significant political, governmental and legislative experience in both Congress and the New Jersey legislature.
For the past five years, Steph has served as the Legislative Director to State Senator Joseph F. Vitale, where she coordinated all legislative activity, policy research and stakeholder engagement for the Senator, including setting agendas for the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee hearings. Senator Vitale is recognized as the leading health care expert in the Legislature and Steph has been his primary aide covering this area. Stephanie also worked on the expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.
She previously worked in Congress as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Frank Pallone and as a field organizer on various New Jersey political and national issue campaigns.
Steph is most proud of her work to allow victims of sexual assault and abuse more time to file a civil suit against their abuser or the responsible organization, finalizing a career-long fight for Senator Vitale. Steph received the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s 2019 Champions Award for her work on this legislation.
Steph grew up in Point Pleasant Borough and currently resides in Red Bank with her husband Matt and their two children, Sophie and Sam, where she sits on the Red Bank Regional Board of Education. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Government and Politics, and an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Comparative Politics.
She has been repeatedly named to Insider NJ's Insider 100: Policymakers Publication and Insider NJ's Insider 100: Cannabis Power List.
Steph is a huge fan of the Terps and the New York Football Giants, and enjoys pretending to be a professional chef, reading, skiing, and the challenge of packing a car just right.
We are huge fans of Steph and excited to bring her policy expertise into the firm.