Sharon M. Joyce is the Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Named to the position in September 2017 following the departure of former director Steve Lee, Joyce is a 38-year veteran of New Jersey state government. Joyce has worked in various capacities in the Office of the Attorney General since 1979, when she first served as the Deputy Attorney General for the state Division of Pensions.
Joyce became the Section Chief for Consumer Affairs Counseling and UMDNJ Section in 1995, serving in that role until February 2002, when she was named Acting Director of the Division the first time. During that period, Joyce assisted with the transition between the administrations of Gov. Donald DiFrancesco and Gov. James McGreevey.
She fulfilled the same role in 2010, smoothing the transition between the administrations of Gov. Jon Corzine and Gov. Chris Christie.
She served as an Assistant Attorney General within the Division of Law between 2002 and 2005, eventually becoming Acting Director of the Division of Law, responsible for the oversight of 500 attorneys pending the appointment of a permanent director.
Her permanent position since 2008 has been the Deputy Director of the Newark Office of the Division of Law, overseeing more than 200 Deputy Attorneys General assigned to various sections representing the Divisions of Consumer Affairs, Civil Rights and Children and Families, the Board of Public Utilities, NJ Transit and the Division of Civil Rights.
Joyce graduated from Connecticut College, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs. She graduated from New York University School of Law in June 1979.
The Acting Director is a resident of Westfield.