DCA Announces New Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Commissioner Joseph Doria today announced the appointment of Dorothy P. Guzzo as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust.

“Dorothy is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s historic treasures,” said Commissioner Doria.  “She is a wonderful addition to the Historic Trust team and I look forward to working with her as we continue to restore and preserve our state’s history for future generations.”

Prior to her appointment, Guzzo served for twelve years in the Department of Environmental Protection as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer.  She received her masters’ degree in historic preservation planning from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.  Guzzo has served on the New Jersey Historical Commission, Heritage Tourism Task Force, and various historic-preservation related nonprofit boards.  She has also served on the Mount Holly Township Council, Planning Board, and Historic Preservation Commission.

“While saddened to leave the Historic Preservation Office and the Department of Environmental Protection, I am excited at the prospect of taking on a new challenge,” said Dorothy.  “It is an important time for planning the future of the Trust and I am grateful to have been entrusted with this opportunity.  I am looking forward to continued good relationships with the historic-preservation community, albeit in a new capacity.”

“No one person I know is better suited to take the Historic Trust to its next level then Dorothy Guzzo,” said Carolann Clynes, Chair of the Historic Trust.  “She knows historic preservation better than anyone in the State.  It is truly a joy for the Trust and a preservation ‘boost’ for New Jersey.”

Established in 1967, the New Jersey Historic Trust is the only nonprofit historic preservation organization in New Jersey created by state law.  The Trust officially became a DCA affiliate in November 2002, in an effort to better realign the state’s smart growth initiatives with historic revitalization.  Its mission is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities.

For more information regarding the New Jersey Historic Trust, please call 609-984-0473, or log on to http://www.njht.org/.