Dawn Zimmer became the first female Mayor of Hoboken in 2009. Prior to that, she served as a Councilwoman after becoming involved in civic life as an advocate for park space. She was a member of the steering Committee of the Southwest Parks Coalition, and was one of five individuals who were named plaintiffs in a lawsuit that stopped a developer friendly redevelopment plan that would have added 1,200 high-rise condo units to Southwest Hoboken. Zimmer supported a better approach to redevelopment that included smaller buildings, more park space, traffic controls, restaurants and shops.
As Mayor, her priorities include restoring fiscal responsibility and improving quality of life for residents. Since taking office, she has steadily reduced taxes and established a responsible cash surplus for the first time in many years. Following audits of the police and fire departments, restructuring and redeployment allowed the city to save millions of dollars per year while enhancing community safety. Through privatization, she saved the City’s cash-strapped hospital from closing, saved more than 1,200 jobs, and relieved taxpayers of a $52 million bond guarantee. Combined, these actions have positioned Hoboken to improve its near-junk bond rating. Mayor Zimmer is using technology to make government more efficient and provide new services and information directly to residents at minimal cost. Under her watch, Hoboken is transitioning from a car-centric city into a nationally-recognized leader in progressive transportation initiatives. Through a public-private partnership, Hoboken is home to Corner Cars, the first on-street, city-wide car sharing program in the country.
Before taking time off to care for her two young sons, Dawn worked in communications for a large Japanese trading company and did crisis communications for one of the top public relations firms in the country. She’s also a photographer and served as marketing director for a family business. She is a Cum Laude Graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she rowed crew for four years. Dawn is a runner who has run the New York City Marathon. She lives in Southwest Hoboken with her husband and two children.