TRENTON – The Department of Human Services will have Lowell Arye to serve as its deputy commissioner.
Arye had served as policy advisor to Gov. Chris Christie on issues related to human services, children and families.
A gerontologist and nationally recognized expert in the fields of aging and disability, Arye will be responsible for the transition and oversight of the Division of Aging Services and the Division of Family Development announced by Gov. Chris Christie in his budget address.
“I’m honored and incredibly eager to be a part of this important reform process,” said Arye. “It really feels like my policy work in the Governor’s Office and each of my prior career steps has led me to this assignment. It’s an incredible opportunity to help shape and implement the future of senior supports and services in the state.”
Arye was appointed by Commissioner Jennifer Velez.
“I have known and worked with Lowell for fifteen years,” said Commissioner Velez. “I have great admiration and respect for his intelligence, insight and experience on policy matters. I’m grateful, and the Department is fortunate, that he accepted this new and challenging role.”
As policy adviser, Arye helped streamline the application process for food and nutrition support for senior citizens. As a result, more than 30,000 seniors on the Prescription Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD) program were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP).
Prior to joining the Christie Administration, Arye served as executive director with the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD), which called for increasing community placement and supportive service opportunities for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.
Arye holds a master’s degree in social administration with a specialization in gerontology from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland, Ohio and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio.