Catherine Scangarella

Catherine Scangarella, Chief Business Development Officer, Choose New Jersey


Chief Business Development Officer

Catherine Scangarella is the Chief Business Development Officer and sector lead for Life Sciences and Offshore Wind at Choose New Jersey, New Jersey’s leading nonprofit economic development organization.

Catherine leads the business development team and oversees the organization’s national and international lead generation, prospect management and business development strategy for all key industries. She also oversees the Choose New Jersey India and Europe offices and has enhanced New Jersey’s relationships with key multipliers and trade associations around the globe.

During her tenure at Choose New Jersey, Catherine developed a new tactical business development approach for business attraction efforts to concentrate efforts in key domestic and international markets. She had a leading role in the strategic planning of Choose New Jersey’s business attraction missions to Israel, Germany, Ireland and India. While abroad, she helped established international university collaborations and industry partnerships for many of New Jersey’s research universities including Rutgers University, Princeton University, New Jersey City University and Rowan University. Notable clients include Ascelia Pharma, BAP Pharma, CSL Plasma, Fordoz Pharmaceuticals, Minerva Biolabs and Biofarma US.  

Catherine is a veteran of State government, having served six administrations. With over 25 years of experience in marketing, outreach and business development, she has served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Guadagno, Director of State Marketing at the New Jersey Business Action Center, Director of Outreach Programs for Business Retention & Attraction at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the New Jersey Commerce Commission.

Catherine is a member of the Research With New Jersey Advisory Board, the Innovation New Jersey Coalition and an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Judge 2019-2021. She was named among the ROI-NJ Influencers: Women in Business – Economic Development in 2021. 

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Born and raised in New Jersey, she currently lives in Princeton.


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Catherine Scangarella
Chief Business Development Officer