Having grown up in poverty in Camden County, Renee Koubiadis is deeply committed to identifying and breaking down barriers that prevent many people and families from meeting their basic necessities. She has been an advocate and community organizer helping disempowered populations use their voices towards social change throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over 14 years. Ms. Koubiadis currently serves as the Executive Director of the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ. She previously served as the statewide Advocacy Coordinator of the National Association of Social Workers – NJ Chapter (NASW-NJ) and the Assistant State Campaign Director for the Citizens’ Campaign, a New Jersey 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. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness, Media Mobilizing Project, and the Affordable Homes Group. Ms. Koubiadis also serves on the Steering Committees of the Latino Action Network and the NJ Alliance for Immigrant Justice. Renee is a Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey and holds an MSW from Temple University and a BASW from Rutgers University.