May 18, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–This afternoon on the steps of City Hall, Mayor W. Reed Gusciora swore in Health and Human Services Director Adela M. Ames-Lopez, who was unanimously confirmed by Trenton City Council on April 27, 2021. Members of the 15th Legislative Delegation, Trenton City Council, Mercer County Freeholders, Mayor Gusciora’s Cabinet, and friends and family were in attendance.
Director Lopez has quickly become the vanguard of Trenton’s COVID-19 response from when she was first appointed by Mayor Gusciora in January 2021. She most recently helped launch Trenton’s walk-in vaccination clinics and homebound vaccination program.
Director Lopez has 25 years of experience in public administration, state government, and the non-profit sector. Previously, she was an Assistant Area Director with DCF’s Division of Child Protection & Permanency, serving Hunterdon, Mercer, Somerset, and Warren counties.
She was also an adjunct professor in Fairleigh Dickenson University’s Public Administration program and has been involved in various social service and mentoring programs with the Trenton public school system, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, and the Trenton Police Department. Director Lopez was an active member of the N.J. Child Fatality/Near Fatality Board and she is also a member of the Mercer County Commission on Abused, Neglected, and Missing Children.
She is an expert in providing services for vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities, juvenile offenders, individuals struggling with addiction and mental health, and domestic violence and sexual abuse victims.