Susan Zellman, founding executive director of the Housing Partnership for Morris County, has announced she will be retiring in March.
Zellman, who has also been a Sussex County freeholder for the past 12 years, including serving as freeholder director for the past two, has led the organization for the past 20 years in continuing its mission to provide affordable housing opportunities to residents throughout the county.
The Housing Partnership helps low-income families obtain home ownership and provides education programs and advice, as well as down payment assistance, foreclosure intervention and mortgage assistance, for people in need. Although the Partnership serves mostly Morris County, assistance is also available to residents in Sussex, Warren and other counties throughout the state. The Partnership is supported by United Way and a member of the NeighborWorks America Charter.
Zellman is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including from the League of Women Voters, Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Morris 2000, Mental Health Consumers of NJ and more. She is an active volunteer as well, serving on the Sussex County Planning Board and as chairwoman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, in addition to serving as a freeholder.
"Since its formation in 1992, Susan has led the Housing Partnership to tremendous growth and it has garnered recognition nationally and in New Jersey. Her dynamic personality, her skills, her passion for the work of the Partnership, her work ethic, and her broad range of relationships in the housing community and the political world have made the Housing Partnership one of the premier such agencies in the United States,” Bob Michaels, chair of the Housing Partnership, said in a press release.
The Housing Partnership will be looking for a successor to Zellman. Interested candidates can email Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org