PDFNJ Executive Director Named to NJBIZ’s 2019 Health Care Power 50



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PDFNJ Executive Director Named to NJBIZ’s 2019 Health Care Power 50

MILLBURN — Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director Angelo Valente earned recognition as one of the top figures in the health care field this week after NJBIZ selected him for its 2019 Health Care Power 50 list.

The list highlights the most influential people in New Jersey health care and the roles their organizations play in the industry.

“I am truly honored to earn this recognition,” Valente said. “My inclusion in the 2019 Health Care Power 50 signifies the crucial role substance use prevention plays in health care and the importance of the work of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey.”


Angelo Valente

Angelo Valente has been the executive director of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey since its inception in 1992 and has led the organization as it conducted the largest continuous public service campaign in New Jersey’s history. The Partnership has been recognized twice by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for its programs and initiatives, first in 2010, and again in 2015. The Partnership has also been recognized by the National Association of Government Communicators for the most effective public health education campaign in the country. In addition, in 2009, Valente was appointed chief executive officer of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, a national public health initiative to raise awareness of the issue of prescription drug abuse and maintain a National Directory of Permanent Prescription Drug Collection sites. Since 2000, Valente has served as a member of the Holy See’s Delegation to the United Nations, focusing on international drug control strategy.


Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey: Best known for its statewide substance use prevention advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication.  To date, more than $100 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception, the Partnership has garnered 174 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional and statewide media organizations.