Betty Wilson was elected as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in November 1973. From 1976 to 1980, she served as Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, handling environmental policy issues including natural resource management, planning and acquisition. She was involved in Pinelands planning efforts following Governor Byrne’s February 1979 signing of Executive Order 71, which established a planning process for the Pinelands and authorized creation of the first Pinelands Commission. She later served as Associate Director for Recreational Programs at the US Department of the Interior. In 2002, Governor James McGrevey appointed her to the Pinelands Commission and in 2005 Governor Richard Codey designated her as chairman, a position she held until resigning effective October 2008. She also has served as Chairperson of the Burlington City Historic Preservation Commission as well as a Trustee of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Whitesbog Preservation Trust and Family Service of Burlington, among other organizations. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Jersey City State College, now New Jersey City University.
Interview on June 28, 2007 – Transcript available here (pdf)
Interview on March 19, 2008 – Transcript available here (pdf)