The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) introduced the new Executive Director Robert Zuckerman at its Board meeting on February 24.
Mr. Zuckerman, who will start in his new post on March 23, has extensive experience in downtown organizations, Special Improvement Districts and Main Street Programs. He most recently headed the South Orange Village Center Alliance and is currently President of Downtown New Jersey, a statewide professional organization that advocates for downtowns.
In making the announcement, DWC Chair Patricia Hanigan noted that Bob’s vast experience, including business recruitment and serving on the Board of Governors for South Orange Performing Arts Center, innovative thinking and knowledge of municipal government made him a natural choice. “The DWC Search Committee spent a great deal of time reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates before making this recommendation to the full Board. We are very confident in our selection,” said Ms. Hanigan.
The DWC Search Committee included Ms. Hanigan, Board members Councilwoman Dawn Mackey and SID business owner Jerry Eicke. Also, SID property owner James Ward, Town Administrator James Gildea, Planning Board member and resident Michael LaPlace and Interim DWC Director Kathleen Miller Prunty.
Prior to working in South Orange, Mr. Zuckerman served as Executive Director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. In May 2019, he was elected to the South Orange Board of Trustees.
James Hart, past chair of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber, said “Bob’s ability to deal gracefully and effectively with disparate and sometimes difficult situations is quite remarkable.”
Lauren Collins of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy said Mr. Zuckerman has a natural talent for building relationships and create consensus in the most challenging situations.