Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. hosted the 13th Annual Essex County Irish Heritage Celebration Wednesday, March 8. During the afternoon ceremony, DiVincenzo recognized Mary K. Murphy, executive director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, as the 2017 Essex County Irishwoman of the Year.

“As I travel throughout New Jersey, I constantly tell people that Essex County’s strength is our diversity. Highlighting the contributions that each ethnicity has made to our culture, economy and history helps create a better understanding of each other and develops a sense of community,” DiVincenzo said. “Mary Murphy has helped shape the quality of life in New Jersey through her government and civic work,” he added.

Murphy is a licensed planner in the State of New Jersey with more than 20 years of experience in transportation planning and policy in the greater New Jersey/ New York metropolitan area. She holds a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in environmental planning and design from Rutgers University.

For more than 25 years, NJIT has provided the staffing and administrative support for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, which is organized under Donald Sebastian, president of the New Jersey Innovation Institute.


The New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) is an NJIT corporation that applies the intellectual and technological resources of the state’s science and technology university to challenges identified by industry partners. Through its Innovation Labs (iLabs), NJII brings NJIT expertise to key economic sectors, including health care delivery systems, bio-pharmaceutical production, civil infrastructure, defense and homeland security and financial services.