ArtPride New Jersey–a coalition of arts organizations and individuals that advocates at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey’s quality of life–is pleased to announce two staff changes. Adam Perle, former Vice President of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been hired in the new role of President & CEO with ArtPride New Jersey. Additionally, Ann Marie Miller, who has served ArtPride as Executive Director since 1995, will assume the new position of Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. Mary Eileen Fouratt, President of ArtPride New Jersey’s Board of Trustees said, “After an edifying strategic planning process, we are delighted to embark on a new era in ArtPride’s arts advocacy work. Adam’s enthusiasm is contagious and will certainly help advance the organization to new levels. His background in business and tourism provide both leadership and support to ArtPride’s existing work and partnerships in these sectors.” A principal figure in growing the Princeton Regional Chamber to one of the largest regional chambers in N.J., Perle led the creation of the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for the Princeton-Mercer region. Perle also established the Princeton Area Arts & Culture Consortium, or PAACC, a committee of the Princeton Regional Chamber that is composed of local organizations that focus on the arts, culture and history. “We are eager for Ann Marie to have a new opportunity to work on cultural policy matters that will assure the arts remain at a variety of tables with increased support from public and private sectors,” continued Fouratt. “Her experience in the field and her keen insight into advocacy and public policy will keep ArtPride at the forefront of our swiftly changing economic, civic and social environments.” Miller, who has been responsible for managing a staff that has grown from one to seven fulltime employees since starting with the organization 19 years ago, will guide ArtPride New Jersey as it navigates the field’s current and ongoing challenges. Having advanced the organization from a $135,000 budget in 1995 to $1.8 million in 2014, Miller has worked to integrate programs and services that advance the organization’s mission to increase awareness of how the arts in N.J. are integral to the state’s economy, education and overall quality of life.