New Executive Director Brings Depth of
Personal and Professional Experience
The Anti-Poverty Network (APN) has announced that Renee Wolf Koubiadis will be starting as its new Executive Director on Monday, June 20, 2016.
“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.
Outgoing Executive Director Serena Rice echoed Jacob’s enthusiasm for Koubiadis’ expertise and passion for ending poverty in New Jersey.
“Koubiadis brings commitment, deep awareness, and both personal and professional experience to this role. I am confident that her leadership will empower the whole APN community.”
Said Rice, who is leaving APN to answer a call to the ministry.
Koubiadis is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent many residents of our state from meeting their basic necessities for themselves and their families.
Koubiadis has been an advocate and community organizer helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey for over 13 years.
“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. I am excited to join APN and our many partners and advocates in the fight to end poverty.”
Prior to coming to APN, Koubiadis served as the Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and as Assistant State Director for the Citizens’ Campaign, a statewide non-partisan movement of hundreds of citizens dedicated to innovative government reform and promoting citizen leadership. In her various roles over the last 13 years, she has educated thousands of people on issues of poverty, leadership, and civic engagement.
Koubiadis has also been active in APN serving as a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Program and Summit Committee, and as a contributor to the Advisory Committee of APN’s Structural Racism and Poverty project.
In these roles, she has helped organize the Poverty Summit and other APN events, and helped formulate APN’s positions and advocacy plans on a number of issues.