Meet the River Crossing

Strategy Group



Eric Shuffler
Principal and Founder
eric@rivercrossingsg.com


Eric Shuffler is the principal and founder of River Crossing Strategy Group. Previously, he served as Counselor, chief policy adviser and speechwriter to New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey and Dick Codey. In these positions over two consecutive Administrations, Eric was a senior adviser managing key policy initiatives and strategic functions of the Governor’s office.

Eric also served as Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Department of Transportation and was the Director of the New Jersey Office of Recovery and Victim Assistance after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where he led the State’s efforts to assist families and secure federal recovery dollars. Before coming home to New Jersey, Eric spent ten years in Washington, DC with his last position being Chief of Staff to United States Senator Bob Torricelli.

Eric was named to Governor Phil Murphy’s 2018 Transition Leadership Team as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications and was called "a longtime New Jersey political insider with strong relationships across the state” by the State’s leading political website.

Eric oversees all of River Crossing’s client strategy and interactions and specializes in applying his tactical and substantive expertise to solve complex governmental issues. His background is in public policy and communications and he has extensive experience in developing communications programs and building coalitions to advance policy objectives. He has significant bi-partisan, high level legislative and Gubernatorial relationships in the Statehouse and throughout New Jersey. He believes deeply in the value of personal and regular client communication as part of an effective lobbying partnership.

Eric graduated from the University of Michigan and cum laude from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University where he went to school in the evenings while working on Capitol Hill.

Eric has appeared on the Politickernj.com Power 100 List, was recognized in Insider NJ's 2017 Insider 100: Policymaker's Edition and serves on the Board of the Drumthwacket Foundation. 

He is passionate about his family, his wife Amy and two sons, Madden and Brody, coaching little league baseball, serving as the PTA President at his son’s public school and the Mets and Giants.



Kevin McCabe
Public and Political Affairs
kevin@rivercrossingsg.com


Kevin P. McCabe served the President of the Carpenter Contractor Trust (CCT), a labor-management cooperative that serves as the marketing arm of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and its union contractor associations. During his presidency, he has led the Trust from a single state entity to a multistate, multimillion-dollar organization.

He served as the Municipal Chair of the Woodbridge Township Democratic Committee, and was elected as the Chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization (MCDO) in 2013 and was re-elected for this fifth consecutive term this year.

McCabe joined the Port Authority of NY/NJ Board of Commissioners in 2017, and currently serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee, Vice Chair of the Government and Ethics Committee, and a committee member on the Finance and Operations Committees.

He also serves as a board member of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and as a trustee for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Foundation.

Previously, McCabe served as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development under Governor McGreevey, and as the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Woodbridge. In addition to having served as an adjunct professor at Kean University, teaching Labor-Management, Kevin co-authored a book entitled, "Not Just Getting By: The New Era of Flexible Workforce Development," which explored challenges faced by single mothers as they try to improve their family's financial well-being.

Kevin currently resides in Metuchen, New Jersey, with his wife, Laurie, son, Conor, and daughter Ciara Ann.



Danielle Alpert
Legislative and Political Affairs
Danielle@rivercrossingsg.com


Danielle Alpert joined River Crossing Strategy Group in 2013. Utilizing her bipartisan relationships at the state and local levels, she helps clients through the complexities and pitfalls of New Jersey’s legislative and political landscape. In addition to delivering high quality assistance for clients’ legislative and regulatory needs, she also provides counsel on strategic communications.

Danielle is committed to improving educational options for all New Jersey students and leads RCSG’s extensive education practice. Danielle has a considerable network among stakeholders and governmental officials in the education space and she serves on the New Jersey Council for Young Children, which functions as the State’s advisory council for early care and education.

Beyond her work in education, Danielle has specialized expertise in land use, business, and economic development issues. She has worked on successful complex redevelopment projects, which required multi-agency and multi-government coordination and strategic advice. Danielle is a committed and dedicated advocate for her clients and embodies the River Crossing Strategy Group approach of client accessibility and meaningful political insight and engagement.

Prior to joining River Crossing Strategy Group, Danielle served as Assistant Government Affairs Director to the New Jersey Association of Realtors®, one of the Garden State’s largest trade associations. In this position, she ushered bills through the legislative and regulatory processes, assisted in the development and implementation of a public affairs strategy, and helped manage the association's political giving.

Danielle also worked in the Legislature, serving as Deputy Communications Director for the Assembly Minority Office. In this capacity, she helped develop and coordinate political messaging for a variety of Republican lawmakers. She served as Chief of Staff to former Senator Jennifer Beck. Danielle has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including working on several races for Senator Declan O ‘Scanlon.

She has been named several times to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s New Jersey Women’s Power List.

A proud Montana native, Danielle graduated from the University of Montana with her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She has close ties to Monmouth and Ocean Counties and lives at the Jersey Shore with her husband and their two daughters. She is a foodie and an avid concert goer.

 


Doug Hritz
Legislative and Political Affairs
doug@rivercrossingsg.com


Doug Hritz has extensive experience guiding both governmental agencies and private entities through complex legislative and regulatory processes. At River Crossing Strategy Group, Doug has successfully worked the legislative process to help numerous client bills get signed into law.  He has a wealth of bi-partisan legislative and staff-level relationships cultivated over a decade of serving in senior positions both in and out of government. He helps to lead the firm’s renewable energy practice and is passionate about working on economic development and transportation issues at the local and state level.  

Doug was raised in Middlesex County and it’s where the roots of his interest and passion for government, advocacy and political campaigns took hold and were developed. 

Before joining the firm in 2008, Doug worked as the Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for New Jersey's largest and most influential statewide transportation advocacy association, where he was at the forefront of lobbying initiatives related to the Transportation Trust Fund and infrastructure funding.

Doug previously served as the legislative liaison for Governors McGreevey and Codey and for former State Treasurer John McCormac.  He is a veteran of multiple gubernatorial campaigns throughout the country and was previously employed as a public affairs associate for a prominent governmental affairs consulting firm. 

Doug is a proud Rutgers University Alum.  His greatest joy in life is spending time with his daughter.  He loves sports and is passionate about soccer, whether it is playing the game or following his favorite club, Manchester United.  If you talk to him long enough, he’s likely to quote a line from a movie, everything from Caddyshack to The Godfather.



Timothy White
Lobbying and Public Affairs
tim@rivercrossingsg.com


Timothy White is a veteran New Jersey lobbyist and public affairs executive specializing in managing comprehensive issue advocacy campaigns for complex governmental initiatives.

Tim helps real estate development and public utility projects secure local government approvals and builds statewide coalitions to influence policy and legislation in Trenton. He works with leading technology companies to develop and implement new, local and state-level regulatory policies for emerging industries and is well known for his advocacy work on education reform and marijuana legalization issues.

Tim is the Chairman of the Board for the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce and is the Public Affairs Coordinator for the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association. He serves on the New Jersey City University Foundation Board and is a Commissioner on the Paramus Golf Commission. Tim is a former Board member of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association. 

Prior to joining RCSG, Tim founded and led the public affairs practice at Beckerman, served as Vice President at MWW Group and was a political consultant, communications director and campaign manager for several statewide, legislative, county and municipal campaigns for elected office. He served as Special Assistant to Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber, as Special Assistant to Jersey City Mayor Glenn Cunningham, as Political Director for the New Jersey Republican State Committee in 2004 and served on Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s transition team in 2013.

Tim earned a bachelor’s degree from New Jersey City University and a master’s degree from the Public Administration Institute at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Tim enjoys golf, distance running, painting and spending time with his wife Ani and his two daughters Sevana and Siena. He is a New York Red Bulls season ticket holder since 2013, is a fan of Chelsea FC, the New York Jets and the New York Yankees.



Stephanie Albanese
Policy & Legislative Affairs
stephanie@rivercrossingsg.com


Stephanie Albanese is a New Jersey native with significant political, governmental and legislative experience in both Congress and the New Jersey legislature. Steph worked in Congress as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Frank Pallone and as a field organizer on various New Jersey political and national issue campaigns. 

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. Her work has covered all aspects of health care policy as well the expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. 

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.



Yasmin Brissac

Yasmin@rivercrossingsg.com


Yasmin Brissac Joined River Crossing Strategy Group in 2020 after working with Kevin P. McCabe in several capacities. While working for the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, Yasmin served as a key figure coordinating events such as fundraisers and political events. She brings considerable experience working with local and statewide entities.

Yasmin was raised in Brazil until she moved to Middlesex County in 2008. Her interest in politics and government grew after she attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree. During her studies, Yasmin interned for NYSDC during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and upon graduation, she began her political career at MCDO.

Yasmin enjoys watching movies, exercising, spending time with her family, friends and her dog Ricky.





Our firm's co-founder, Jamie Fox passed away in early 2017.
The lessons he imparted to us about integrity, strategy and how to conduct one's life are a permanent part of our firm's culture.