About the AVP of Economic Development

Margaret (Peggy) Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D is responsible for the development and implementation of new university wide economic development initiatives.  In this role, she provides administrative leadership for the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), the Rutgers University Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Strategic Planning effort and the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, among other responsibilities. She also has administrative responsibility for the Rutgers EcoComplex, an award-winning alternative energy innovation center and the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, in which she led the development, organization, and strategic direction of this internationally recognized food business accelerator.   

Margaret also led the development of the Rutgers' Corporate Engagement Plan and the Innovation Park@Rutgers Strategic Plan. She represents Rutgers on the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity and the CIC U-Metrics Committee.  Margaret is an economist with expertise in economic development strategies, energy economics, and industrial organization. She holds a BS in Economics, MS in Agricultural Economics and PhD in Planning and Public Policy, all from Rutgers University.