Honoring the legacy and shaping an even brighter future, Michele Adubato embraces the
role as CEO of The North Ward Center.
The Adubato Family is deeply rooted in community service, and Michele embodies that tradition.
Michele holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership from Caldwell College,
a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University-Newark and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Theater Arts and Television Production from Rutgers University-Newark. She also received her
Special Education Teaching Degree from Kean University.
In the early 1980’s, Michele worked with at-risk youth in Essex County for six years.
She also worked as a freelance video producer, creating an award-winning three-part
series on the challenges in urban America.
She spent over 20 years serving in Newark Public Schools, initially as a special education
teacher, which ignited her passion and commitment to the Autism community.
She moved on to become a school social worker, culminating as Principal of NJ Regional Day School. Michele administered and developed educational initiatives geared towards students with Autism, ranging from five to 21 years of age.
In 2010, Michele founded The Center for Autism, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive day services and opportunities for adults with Autism and their families.
Michele’s unique background and education allows her to build on an already strong foundation
of service at The North Ward Center.
While forging needed and new initiatives for the urban community, Michele continues to
expand the capacity of service and vision of The North Ward Center:
A national model of community excellence for non-profit organizations.