Beth Connolly directs Pew's substance use prevention and treatment initiative. She leads research and technical assistance efforts across the federal government and states to promote evidence-based transformation of the treatment system, expand the substance use disorder workforce, optimize coverage and reimbursement for effective treatment, and improve the delivery and coordination of care for underserved populations.
Before joining Pew, Connolly served as the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services. She has 30 years of state government experience serving people who are often underrepresented and face social challenges such as homelessness and a lack of health care. Throughout her career in New Jersey, she was involved in reforms related to behavioral health, Medicaid and its expansion, public assistance, child welfare, and the adoption of home- and community-based support systems.
Connolly holds a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in public administration from Seton Hall University.