PATERSON, NJ – Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh today named Kathleen M. Long, a longtime Paterson resident and leader in the nonprofit sector, as chief of staff of his upcoming administration.

“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 Mayor-Elect Sayegh. “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.”

“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, a homeowner and resident of the 2nd Ward for 10 years. “There’s much work to be done, but I love this city and am committed to working hard for its future. I look forward to working alongside the Mayor and his team in serving the residents of Paterson.”

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Born in Paterson's Barnert Hospital, Long spent her childhood and teen years in the 3rd Ward, where her parents still reside. Long now resides in the 2nd Ward with her husband and two young children.

Long has more than 15 years experience as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Long has worked as the chief development and marketing officer at OASIS – A Haven For Women and Children, a Paterson nonprofit where she led efforts to raise more than $3 million annually to fund adult education, youth development, and social service programs for Paterson residents. Long has also served as the major gifts officer at Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, N.J. and the director of development at the N.J. Community Development Corporation in Paterson.

Long developed an extensive background in several economic issue areas as she worked at two firms in Washington, D.C. As an analyst and legal administrative assistant at Steptoe and Johnson, LLP, Long researched and wrote on several economic issues including international trade, intellectual property, auto trade policy and import safety. While working as director of development and alumni relations for the US-Ireland Alliance, she led several efforts to raise funds for scholarships, and served as liaison for a congressional delegation visit to Ireland in 2003. She also has experience as an elementary school teacher, having taught at-risk youth in Chicago through the AmeriCorps Program.


Long holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, where she majored in government and graduated cum laude. She earned her Master of Science degree in government from the National University of Ireland in Cork through the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program. She received her teaching certification at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy in Evanston, Il.