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New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Executive Director

Dorothy P. Guzzo was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey Historic Trust in February, 2008. The Historic Trust is responsible for administering the historic preservation matching grant and loan programs. Under the direction of a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Governor, the Historic Trust was created in 1967 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.

From 1995 to 2008, Ms. Guzzo served as the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the State of New Jersey. As the federally recognized State Historic Preservation Office, she oversaw the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, project certification to qualify for Investment Tax Credits, certifying local governments for implementing programs on the municipal level, historic and archaeological resource inventory and resource protection through state and federal regulations.

Prior to her appointment in 1995, Ms. Guzzo was employed by the same Department as a grants and project manager overseeing the restoration and development of the state-owned historic sites. Resource types ranged from Revolutionary War Battlefields, agricultural villages, and 18th and 19th century mansions to lighthouses, ironworks, and sawmills. Combined, Ms. Guzzo has more than 21 years of government experience in historic resource stewardship.

Ms. Guzzo previously served on the not-for-profit Board of Directors for the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, ex officio to the New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Historic Trust and Main Street New Jersey Board of Advisors and was the past Chair of the Alice Paul Institute. She has held elected office, and served on her municipal planning board and local historic preservation commission. Ms. Guzzo is currently serving on the New Jersey Heritage Tourism Task Force charged with creating a Heritage Tourism Masterplan for the state of New Jersey.

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