Jeanette Page-Hawkins was appointed Director as of October 18, 2003, after serving as Acting Director since June 1, 2003. Jeanette has over 25 years of experience in child and family welfare.
Prior to her appointment, Jeanette was Executive Director of Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc. (NESF), a non-profit agency serving residents throughout the Essex County-Greater Newark area.
Jeanette is noted for her advocacy for the homeless and poverty stricken. She has served on the DFD WFNJ Task Force and Essex County Human Services Advisory Council, as well as on several local committees, task forces and boards. Jeanette has received special recognition for her outstanding community service and professionalism, including: Who's Who in Executives & Professionals (2001); City News 100 Most Influential; New Jersey Black Child Development Institution; and Montclair YWCA 50 Most Influential Women. She was a 1993 recipient of the National Alliance To End Homelessness Non-Profit Sector Award.
Prior to joining DFD, Jeanette worked for DYFS as District Office Manager in Plainfield. During her employment with New Community Corporation of Newark, she was instrumental in developing the New Community Harmony House, a transitional homeless facility for 102 homeless families. Jeanette has a BA and a Masters degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She lives in Maplewood, New Jersey with her husband, Elton.