Who We Are


Henry J. Amoroso, Executive Director



 
 






 
               

Henry J. Amoroso is the Executive Director of HJA Strategies, a boutique strategic consulting firm that leads restructuring efforts and develops sustainable budgets for governments, businesses, and non-profits. He is also a Member of the Firm at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, where he practices in the Corporate & Securities group. Prior to joining the firm, Henry was a founding partner of Nowell Amoroso Klein Bierman, P.A, where he practiced for nearly 30 years. He is a tenured Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Legal Studies at Seton Hall University, Stillman School of Business, where he is also the Director of the Micah Center for Business Ethics.

Henry has played a key role in the recovery of distressed government entities like the cities of Scranton, Newark, Atlantic City, and school districts like Newark Public Schools. He often lectures to corporations, business groups and academic forums on business, government and legal issues. He maintains an active presence in the regional and national non-profit community, sitting on several boards and chairing the Board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Henry also has served on several transition teams for incoming mayors and executives. He has extensive experience with distressed hospital systems, having previously served as CEO for Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers and Catholic Health and Human Services. He is also currently the Principal Legal Advisor for the Bilateral Permanent Working Commission Between the Holy See and the State of Israel.

Henry received his B.A. from Villanova University and his J.D. from Widener University, The Delaware Law School.

Full CV

 

Evan S. Weiss, Senior Analyst




 











 
       

 

Evan Weiss is a Senior Analyst at HJA Strategies who specializes in the crafting and execution of comprehensive development and recovery plans for governments, businesses and non-profits. With a particular expertise in distressed municipalities and school districts, Evan has been a key player in crafting and executing financial and operational recovery plans for Scranton, Pennsylvania, Atlantic City and Newark, New Jersey, as well as Newark Public Schools. Evan’s analysis has guided Mayors, Superintendents, Members of City Council, Department heads and State officials, as well as State and Federal elected officials. Evan has also helped facilitate several significant asset monetizations and public private partnerships (P3s) for large and multijurisdictional parking, water, stormwater and wastewater systems.

Evan received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science and Fundamentals: Issues & Texts.

Representative Projects

  • Lead author on a 50+ page study and recovery plan for Scranton, PA, including strategies for: a $53 million parking monetization, stabilizing Pennsylvania’s most distressed major pension system, a comprehensive debt restructuring and addressing a $22+ million union backpay judgment and facilitating execution of all strategies.
  • Lead author of an 100+ page recovery plan for Atlantic City, NJ, which serves as one of the key established data and analytical frameworks for the City, the State and the business community’s policy recommendations; analyzed and discussed fundamental realignment of the City’s tax and revenue model, operations and facilities.
  • Built dynamic budget, operations and personnel models for the Cities of Newark, Atlantic City, East Orange, Trenton and Scranton, which have allowed each city to confidently project its finances, meet statutory budget obligations and plan for necessary adjustments.
  • Served as part of the expert team in several International Association of Firefighters and Fraternal Order of Police labor arbitrations and negotiations, winning multi-million dollar cost savings for municipalities, as well as establishing lasting structural reforms, and cutting operational costs and legacy obligations while preserving service quality and fair union contracts.