New Jersey Department of Human Services
Governor Chris Christie appointed Elizabeth Connolly as the Department’s Acting Commissioner on February 28, 2015. She has worked in various roles at the department since 1988, most previously, as Chief of Staff. She began her career in the department’s Division of Family Development and worked in child welfare reform as Director of Data Analysis and Reporting in the Office of Children’s Services. Ms. Connolly also served as Director of Research and Evaluation, Special Assistant to the Commissioner and led the department’s Sandy recovery initiatives. She lives in North Brunswick and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Masters in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. Governor Chris Christie nominated Ms. Connolly to be Commissioner in June 2015, during the previous legislative session. She was re-nominated February 2016.