Hamilton Partnership For Paterson


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


Mr. Leonard A. Zax

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General operating support to assist and inform planning for the Paterson Great Falls National Park, and to develop programming and educational materials to enhance park visitors' experiences, and the social and economic benefits of the park for the city.

Organization Background

At the end of 2011, the Secretary of the Interior dedicated 34 acres in the heart of Paterson as the Paterson Great Falls National Historical 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 interpretive and educational programming for the National Park and planning the National Park's development 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 at 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 locally and nationally to achieve common goals more quickly, effectively, and with greater innovation than any single organization or level of government working alone. In November 2014 the National Park Service designated the Hamilton Partnership as the Friends group for the Paterson National Park.

Leonard Zax, born and raised in Paterson, is President of the Hamilton Partnership. He was previously a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. Leonard received a Master in City Planning and Juris Doctor from Harvard University, where he also 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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