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HomeFront announces new chief executive officer


HomeFront’s board of trustees has selected Sarah Steward to become the agency’s next chief executive officer. Steward will succeed HomeFront’s founder, Connie Mercer, who announced earlier this year that she is stepping down on Sept. 30 after 31 years as CEO.

HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community. Homefront is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Steward has been the chief operating officer at HomeFront since 2016.

On behalf of the HomeFront Board, President Ruth Scott said, “After the thorough assessment process, the board has unanimously agreed that Sarah Steward is the best candidate among a very impressive and accomplished group. ... The nationwide search we conducted was a confirmation that Sarah is the right person for the job.”

Steward holds a B.A. in government and psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University. She worked with Rush Holt in his role as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for a dozen years, most notably as his deputy chief of staff and district director. Steward has been involved in Mercer County government for several years and currently serves as president of the Ewing Township Council.