St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, a nonprofit housing provider in Baltimore, said Friday it appointed a nonprofit housing executive from New Jersey as its new executive director.

Gerard J. Joab, who previously ran the Newark and Jersey City Local Initiatives Support Corp. for the past 17 years, will start at St. Ambrose on Dec. 5. He also previously served as executive director for a group in Newark that developed units of affordable housing for low-income families.

Joab, a Baltimore native, replaces Vincent P. Quayle, who founded St. Ambrose in 1968 and grew the nonprofit into a major proponent of fair housing practices in the Baltimore region.

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