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Sarah Bluhm

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association announced today that Sara Bluhm, Vice President for Energy & Environment, will be leaving NJBIA after 18 years to become the new Business Ombudsman at the New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities.

“Sara is well-respected in Trenton for her expansive knowledge of energy-related issues, as well as her tireless advocacy for the business community,” said NJBIA President & CEO Michele N. Siekerka, Esq.

“The expertise she is bringing to her new position means the state’s commercial and industrial energy users will have a valuable intermediary working on their behalf,” Siekerka said.

Bluhm began working for NJBIA as a legislative affairs associate after graduating from Douglass College. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming director for Energy & Federal Affairs in 2004 and later assistant vice president in 2006. Bluhm was promoted to vice president in 2011.

“Although this is a personal loss to us at NJBIA, we are very excited for Sara as she takes on this new opportunity with the Murphy administration where she can continue working on programs that encourage business growth and expansion in New Jersey,” Siekerka said.

Bluhm’s last day at NJBIA is May 9.

“Helping business over the past 18 years has been very rewarding,” Bluhm said. “I look forward to working with the Murphy administration and Board of Public Utilities President Fiordaliso as they transform the energy economy and help businesses access the many programs available to help save money and reduce energy consumption.”