The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey announced Tuesday that it has chosen a new executive director following outgoing director Serena Rice’s decision to pursue the ministry. Longtime anti-poverty advocate Renee Wolf Koubiadis will take the helm June 20. The group has been an active presence during the poverty relief efforts of Assembly Speaker Vince Prieto (D-32) this year, and in corresponding legislative efforts from Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to increase the minimum wage.
“Having grown up poor in New Jersey and witnessing the struggles of many poor and homeless people in our state, I know that there are systemic issues that create poverty and barriers that prevent the residents of our state from moving to a better place economically,” said Koubiadis. “I am excited to join APN and our many partners and advocates in the fight to end poverty.”
“Koubiadis has worked to empower low and moderate income families in all parts of the state and has an impressive background in advocacy that supports APN’s mission to reduce and eliminate poverty in New Jersey,” said APN Board President Jim Jacob of the Camden County native’s qualifications.
Rice, who spoke in favor of Sweeney’s plan to raise the minimum wage to above ten dollars next year and to $15 in as soon as five, praised Koubiadas’ record as Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers’ New Jersey chapter and as Assistant State Director for the Citizens’ Campaign.
“Koubiadis brings commitment, deep awareness, and both personal and professional experience to this role,” said Rice. “I am confident that her leadership will empower the whole APN community.”