Dan Saunders, Secretary/Treasurer



Administrator and Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer (2008-2016)

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Retired, June 1, 2016


  • Led the Office through the Hurricane Sandy recovery, staffed up from 16 to 35 including temporary hires
  • Led the Office in the development of processes and procedures to move from a “cottage based” workflow to an organized system
  • Led the Office in the implementation of GIS based data systems, including consolidation of data from multiple sources to ensure decision-making is founded on best available data
  • Led review of the most contentious project reviews including the replacement of the Bear Tavern Road Bridge

Principal Historic Preservation Specialist (1992-2008)

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Worked with outside Friends groups and local commission members to develop consensus on what level of preservation is possible for a historic property, and then negotiate with public agencies to achieve that level of preservation.

Reviewed the most challenging projects including:  Ellis Island, NJ State House, Paterson National Park and Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook applications, examples include:

  • Ellis Island – primary project reviewer, worked with National Park Service and Save Ellis Island Inc! using both regulatory tools and persuasion, to move preservation on the South Side of Ellis Island.
  • Atlantic City – persuaded Historic Sites Council, through detailed analysis of the history of the Memorials location, and of its existing condition, that the move of WW I Memorial was in the best interest of the long term preservation of the Memorial
  • New Jersey State House – helped to ensure that changes needed to make the State House functional also preserved its historic character and features
  • Morristown – moved the public/private Epstein’s Department Store Project and the Vail Mansion Projects through the Historic Sites Council review  process.  Worked with DAG to develop review methodology for Public/Private Partnership projects

Prepared the successful ISTEA grant application funding a GIS based county historic properties survey, when traditional funding for county surveys had dried up.  Initiated the Historic Preservation Office using GIS as a tool to locate historic resources

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist (1989-1992)

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

Certified by the National Park Service as meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Minimum Professional Qualifications Standard for Architectural Historian

Designed and implemented first electronic database at the Historic Preservation Office to track projects received for review by the Office.

Staffed Historic Sites Council, solely responsible for all aspects of meetings, presentation of applications to the Council and preparation of meeting follow up including project authorizations and meeting minutes

Historic Preservation Specialist (1987-1989)

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

Project reviewer:  responsible for Section 106 and State Register Reviews



Manager (1981-1983) Wasatch Mountain Touring Bicycle Store, Salt Lake City Utah.  Expanded business by 30%.  Supervised 8 employees; coordinated all aspects of bicycle sales, equipment purchase, assembly and repair


B.A. Art History, specializing in History of Architecture

Studied under scholarship at the School of the Milwaukee Ballet and performed with the professional troupe    1977-1979


Fort Hancock Federal Advisory Committee  2014-2017

Hopewell Borough Planning Board    1986-1990

Hopewell Borough Historic Preservation Commission       1992-2008 (Chair 2003-2008)

Boy Scout Troop 71    Adult Troop Leader    2000-2007

Hopewell Railroad Station Restoration Committee   Secured ISTEA & NJHT Grant for Restoration


  • Leadership by example
  • negotiation and mediation at project meetings
  • conducting public meetings
  • interaction with local, county and state governmental officials
  • project development
  • regulatory framework