Mariel Hufnagel

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Guided by an unwavering dedication to honor the innate worth and dignity of all human beings, and devoted to social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, Mariel has long been a champion for the marginalized and disenfranchised. With more than a decade in the nonprofit sector, she is an award-winning, strategic, nonprofit executive and consultant nationally recognized as a passionate advocate, motivational speaker, and expert trainer. Currently the Executive Director ofCASA of Union County, Mariel previously led TheAmmon Foundation as its Executive Director, and previously worked at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) and Young People in Recovery (YPR). She sits on numerous stakeholder, advisory, and trustee boards, including the New Jersey Coalition for Addiction Recovery Support (NJ-CARS) Advisory Board, Police Treatment and CommunityCollaborative (PTACC) National Leadership Council, Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children &Family Services (formally the Colored Orphan’sAsylum) Board of Directors, and the Ocean CountyCollege Foundation Board of Trustees. Mariel graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction from Kean University with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, holds two graduate certificates in Executive Leadership from Cornell University, is among only 15,000 executives nationwide to earn a Certified Nonprofit Specialist (CNP) distinction, is a New Jersey Certified Peer Recovery Specialist(CPRS) and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Adler University. Mariel has a track record of innovative leadership driving the advancement of strategic goals via board growth, maximizing operational excellence and resource development; and, substantive experience in brand management, coalition-building, program development, implementation, management and evaluation, and volunteer mobilization. During her spare time, she can be found traveling, practicing yoga, running, hiking, drinking black coffee, and spending time with her husband, Anthony, foster son Kenny, and rescue pups, Bentley & Eleanor.