Mayor-elect Andre Sayegh picked Kathleen M. Long, a leader in the nonprofit sector, to serve as the chief of staff in his incoming administration.
Long, who most recently worked as the chief development and marketing officer at Oasis, a nonprofit that provides resources to poor women and children, is filling a role that, until late last year, was occupied by Ezio “Omar” Rodriguez.
“Kathleen is that rare professional who has worked with so many different dimensions of urban communities, and who has such a deep knowledge and love for the City of Paterson,” said Sayegh in announcing the pick on Thursday afternoon. “She has a long track record of delivering results for the people she serves, and I have every confidence that she will serve the people of Paterson well.”
Long is a Paterson resident.
“I am very proud and honored to be working with Mayor-Elect Sayegh as we usher in this new chapter in the City of Paterson,” said Long. “There’s much work to be done, but I love this city and am committed to working hard for its future.”
Rodriguez made $70,000 as chief of staff. There is no clear job description for the chief of staff. Rodriguez took instructions from former mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and handled a wide variety of tasks from complaints from businesses to keeping road resurfacing contractors honest by conducting site visits.
Long has more than 15 years of experience as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector. She led the effort in raising $3 million per year for Oasis to fund adult education, youth support, and other programs.
She also served as the major gifts officer at the Immaculate Heart Academy of Washington Township and a development director for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC).
Before that she worked as an analyst and legal aide at the white-shoe law firm Steptoe and Johnson based out of Washington D.C. She also served as director of development and alumni relations for the US-Ireland Alliance. She served as the liaison for a congressional delegation visit to Ireland in 2003.
She also taught elementary school in Chicago through the AmeriCorps Program. She obtained her teaching certification from Northwestern University.
Long has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She majored in government. She has a master’s in government from the National University of Ireland in Cork. She attended the school in Ireland through the George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program.
Long does not need to be confirmed by the City Council.