Bob will be the first openly LGBT person elected to the South Orange Village Board
Bob Zuckerman served as the Executive Director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA), the special improvement district for downtown South Orange, for the past five-and-one-half years. During his tenure, Bob presided over the opening of over two dozen new businesses, and recruited many of those businesses, including MIti Miti, The Fox & Falcon, BGR, and Pet Wants SOMA, which he co-owns. Additionally, Bob helped establish popular new events, including PlayDay, the South Orange Food Stroll and Hometown Holiday. Bob was a member of the Village’s Development Committee, Design Review Board, and he continues to serve on the SOPAC Board of Governors as Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee. Bob also continues to serve as Vice-Chair of Downtown New Jersey, an organization of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and local and regional organizations that are passionate about downtowns.
Prior to leading SOVCA he served as Executive Director of the Lower East Side Business Improvement District in New York City, where he led that organization’s efforts to attract more shoppers, diners, businesses, and investment in one of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. Bob is a five-year resident of the West Montrose neighborhood in South Orange, where he lives with his husband Grant Neumann and their cats.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Bob will be the first openly LGBT South Orange Village Trustee.