Commissioner Sarah Adelman

Commissioner Sarah Adelman has led the New Jersey Department of Human Services since January 2021, and was confirmed as Commissioner in March 2022. Under her leadership, the Department has helped residents through the pandemic by making significant investments in child care and food assistance, improving and expanding services for older adults and individuals with disabilities, protecting health coverage for more than 2 million residents, and continuing to enhance mental health and addiction service

Adelman joined the Department in 2018, initially serving as a Deputy Commissioner, overseeing the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Division of Aging Services, and the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, which operates the Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare program. She also served on the Board of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

The Department's programs serve one in three New Jersey children and one in five adults, with a budget of approximately $20 billion in state and federal funds and a staff of about 7,500.

Before joining Governor Murphy's Administration, Adelman served as Vice President at the New Jersey Association of Health Plans and Chief of Staff at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice and the Board of Directors for a statewide child abuse and neglect prevention program.

Adelman received her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Rowan University and a certificate in Advanced Healthcare Leadership from Seton Hall University as a fellow in the inaugural class of the New Jersey Healthcare Executives Leadership Academy.


Friday, April 29

Join us for an in-person town hall with Commissioner Sarah Adelman, New Jersey Department of Human Services on Friday, April 29 at NBIA in Trenton.

During our event, Commissioner Adelman will discuss the department’s priorities and key initiatives.  

Friday, April 29
Networking & Registration: 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction: 9 a.m.
Presentation with Open Q&A: 9:10 a.m.
Adjourn: 10 a.m.
Location: Hybrid / NJBIA - 10 W Lafayette St., Trenton, NJ 08608

  • Remarks will begin at 9 a.m.
  • There will be a live Q&A session following remarks. 
  • The in-person part of this program is being held at NJBIA with limited capacity. 
  • Attendees can also participate virtually.

Please go here to download our agenda.

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