Hamilton Partnership For Paterson


32 Spruce St.
3rd Floor
Paterson, NJ 07501
County: Passaic


Mr. Leonard Zax

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For general operating support of the National Park Service's master plan for the Paterson Great Falls and to create engaging educational materials for the visitor learning center to enhance visitor engagement and access to the park.

Organization Background

At the end of 2011, the Secretary of the Interior dedicated the Paterson Great Falls National Park, which will transform about thirty acres into America's newest National Park. Community and government leaders pointed to the need for a new nonprofit organization to help launch the National Park and enhance its educational, environmental, and social benefits for Paterson and the Nation. That's why we formed the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson.

Creating the best educational and planning dimensions for the National Park requires the social entrepreneurship, nimbleness, and independence from government bureaucracies that only private, nonprofit support can provide. Our active Board brings together a group of local leaders as diverse as the city itself, and nationally recognized experts in education, the environment, urban planning, and the arts. We use private funding to partner with the National Park Service and nonprofit organizations in Paterson and nationally to achieve common goals more quickly, effectively, and with greater innovation than any single organization or level of government working alone.

Leonard Zax, born and raised in Paterson, is president of the Hamilton Partnership. He previously was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins, Leonard received a Master in City Planning and Juris Doctor from Harvard University, where he taught a course on historic preservation. William Paterson University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for 'dedication to the founding ideals of the City of Paterson and to the realization of those ideals for a better quality of life for its citizens.'

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