Jeff Nash was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where he was always politically involved and public service minded. His strong desire to help others was evident at a young age. By the time he was nineteen years old, he had created a senior citizen’s help service. He started college at Brockport State University in New York where he earned the honor of being the only sophomore accepted into the prestigious Political Studies Semester program in Washington, DC. He remained in Washington as a transfer student to the George Washington University where he completed his degree in Political Science. Choosing to pursue a career in law, Jeff is a graduate of the Hofstra University School of Law. While in law school, he served as the Managing Editor of the School’s Labor Law Journal and was chosen to represent the school as part of its traveling trial team.
Jeff began his career as an attorney with the New York City Legal Aide Society, Criminal Defense Division. In 1986 he moved to Cherry Hill and became an associate with Cozen O’Connor, a prestigious Philadelphia firm. He became a senior partner at Cozen O’Connor, specializing in civil litigation as a trail attorney. In July of 2015, Jeff realized his dream to open his own law practice in Camden City. He now focuses on advancing community based projects, neighborhood redevelopment and the revitalization of Camden along with the entire Philadelphia and southern New Jersey region.
Jeff was first elected to public office in 1989 as a member of the Cherry Hill Council, where he served from 1990 to 1993. In November 1991, Jeff was elected to the seven-member Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Initially he served as the Freeholder Liaison to Camden County’s Department of Health and Human Services. Under his direction, the department began the County’s nationally acclaimed Child Immunization program. This life-saving effort has administered free immunizations to thousands of children in Camden County. While immunizations are an important part of a child’s health care, he realized more could be done. Jeff then initiated the Camden County Kids Club Program to provide routine health care for working families who are either uninsured or underinsured. Additionally, his concern for children led to the creation of the County YES facility, Youth Empowerment System – a safe haven for troubled children and abused runaways.
In 1995 Jeff was selected by his colleagues to serve as Camden County Freeholder Director, a position he held for 10 years. Serving as Freeholder Director, Jeff’s vision for a better Camden County is evident in so many areas. Under his leadership, Camden County has improved government programs and public access to programs while eliminating waste and mismanagement. Consequently, Camden County has received two bond-rating upgrades by Wall Street rating agencies. He led the efforts to support the expansion of Camden County College now viewed as the best 2-year college in the state. He led a bold initiative to secure and preserve nearly a thousand acres of open space and farmland with plans to double that in the near future. Jeff’s passion for improving communities and more importantly the quality of family life is best illustrated in his commitment to the revitalization of the City of Camden. He worked tirelessly on a viable plan to provide state aid that is finally beginning to transform the image of Camden to attract business, and make it a place where people want to live and bring their families.
Jeff also brought with him a strong belief in humanity, embracing cultural and ethnic diversity. His plan for bringing people together resulted in the creation of the County Human Relations Commission, and the Asian American Advisory Board. His compassion and sense of fairness carried over to the County workforce with the establishment of the County Labor Management Committee, whose outstanding work in labor relations won national recognition by the National Association of Counties. His admiration and respect for our veterans led to improved services and numerous medal ceremonies to honor those who bravely fought on the beaches of Normandy through current day battles. Jeff’s esteem for our veterans was evident in his commitment to stand firm, devote our resources and bring the Battleship USS NJ back to the Camden waterfront. At the waterfront and throughout the County Park System, Jeff continues to find ways to offer entertainment to people of all ages by enhancing free concert programs, environmental and educational children’s activities and good old-fashioned movies in the park.
Jeff not only recognized the importance of improving communities, healthcare and education, he understood the need to prepare our children for the technology of the 21st century. With this goal in mind, he initiated an exciting new program designed to put a computer in every classroom in the County of Camden by the year 2000. Appropriately enough the program was dubbed “Tech 2000.” This ingenious program is a unique partnership between the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the County’s schools. To date more than 1,400 computers have been placed in classrooms throughout the county serving as a catalyst for learning by providing the needed tools to prepare our children for the new century.
Furthering his commitment to public service, on June 19, 2002, Governor James E. McGreevy appointed Jeff Nash as Vice Chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The DRPA is a bi-state regional transportation and economic development agency serving the people of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The DRPA has assumed a leadership role in regional development. Its special focus has been the industrial and commercial revitalization of the Philadelphia-Camden Waterfront. DRPA’s motto, “We Keep the Region Moving,” refers to its roles in both transportation and economic growth. Under Jeff’s guidance, plans are underway to revitalize and modernize all PATCO stations, implement a new Smart Card fare collection system, and replace old rail cars using $54 million of secured federal funds. Following years of discussion, Jeff is now leading a regional charge to create a new rail system from Gloucester County to Philadelphia.
Jeff’s appointment to this key position is indicative of his expertise in economic development, commitment to good government, and his strong desire to make our community a great place to live and raise our families. Most recently, Jeff was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine to the “Governor’s Commission on the Horse Racing Industry” to assist in identifying and recommending long-term funding solutions for maintaining the economic viability of the horse racing industry in the State of New Jersey.
- 2003 –ASCE Distinguished Citizen Award
- 2003 – Camden County Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Medal
- 2004 – DVRPC Regional Elected Official of the Year
- 2004 – Southern NJ Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award
- 2005 – Camden County College Pro-Beneficio-Dato Distinguished Public Service Award
- 2005 – LARC School Paul Porado Humanitarian Award
- 2006 – Camden Children’s Garden Champion of Children’s Award
- 2006 – United Way of Camden County Dr. Nathan Asbell Community Service Award
- 2007 – Center For Family Services YES Facility, Children & Family Commitment Award
- 2009 – Rutgers University – Camden Star Award for Public Service
- 2009 – March of Dimes, March for Babies – Honorary Campaign Chair
- 2009 – New Jersey Alliance For Action – Walter Rand Award For Public Service
- 2010 – New Jersey Recreation & Park Association – Public Service Award
- 2010 – Walter Rand Institute’s Public Sector South Jerseyan of the Year
Freeholder Nash is the liaison to the following departments and offices: