Rice has led APN since 2014. Many of those who work with her find it difficult to believe that she has only been employed part-time.
“She has transformed both the organization and the political landscape of our state. Her leadership has helped to make poverty – and how to end it – a top priority for our communities and leaders. While we will dearly miss her brilliance, energy, and endless compassion we are excited for her as she begins a journey that she was first called to at the age of thirteen.”
Said Jim Jacobs, Board President and Joyce Campbell, Board Vice-President.
Among her accomplishments, Rice led the effort to “sound the alarm” about the recent crisis resulting from the State’s decision to terminate the Emergency Assistance (EA) program. As one result, State Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced key anti-poverty legislation.
She also worked extensively to make the connections within the state between racism and poverty and convened a working group that will release a report on structural poverty and racism in June.
A key to her successful leadership style is her belief that it takes a network to end poverty in New Jersey.
“No one organization, no matter how big or how well-resourced, can grapple with all the dimensions of poverty. Our constituency recognizes this is a moral crisis in our state.”
“Serena Rice will be missed. She has been a leader not only to end poverty but to expand affordable homes and end homelessness. Her leadership, passion and commitment encouraged others to join the cause. We wish her well in her new role and look forward to working with her in her capacity as a Lutheran pastor.”
Said Richard W. Brown.
Monarch Housing is proud to be a member in APN’s network and thanks Rice for her incredible work. She will be missed but we wish her much success in her future ministry and are glad that she plans to serve in New Jersey.
APN has begun its search for a new Executive Director who can continue APN’s work.