Paul Aronsohn has spent most of his life committed to public service and committed to the American tradition of “giving something back to the community”.
In fact, at almost every stage – as a high school student in Bergen County, a college student in Washington, DC, and a professional in and out of government – he has demonstrated a profound sense of civic mindedness.
He has also proven willing and able to tackle tough, critically important issues. From national security to healthcare to a range of local issues, his background is as extensive as it is relevant to the times in which we live.
Paul spent several years working on foreign policy and national security issues as a member of the Clinton Administration. At the U.S. Department of State, he gained tremendous experience working on a wide range of international security matters – from nonproliferation to arms control to peacekeeping to Middle East policy. He also had the opportunity to serve three American Ambassadors to the United Nations – Madeleine Albright, Bill Richardson, and Richard Holbrooke.
Following his work for the Clinton Administration, Paul came home to New Jersey where he spent one year working as the Communications Director and Spokesperson for then-New Jersey Governor James McGreevey. He was also the 2006 Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th District, earning key endorsements from the New York Times, the Star Ledger, the Record and the Express Times newspapers as well as several labor and social policy organizations.
In 2008, Paul was elected to the Ridgewood Village Council where he has served in several capacities, including as the liaison to the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce … the liaison to the Library Board of Trustees … a member of the Planning Board … and the Chairperson of the Citizens Safety Advisory Committee. He also founded and currently leads the Ridgewood Community Access Network — a local group formed to address disability-related issues.
In 2012, Paul was re-elected to the Ridgewood Village Council and then selected to serve as the town’s Mayor. In 2014, he was selected to serve a second term as Mayor.
Paul has been a proud Board Member of two disability-related organizations — the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and Heightened Independence and Progress (hip), a center for independent living in Bergen and Hudson counties — and twice served on the gala organizing committee for the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern New Jersey. He is also a past member of the Ridgewood AM Rotary Organization and a regular cast member of Ridgewood High School’s annual Jamboree show.
Paul has also worked for several years in the healthcare industry and is currently the Director of Executive Communications at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Previously, he worked as a public affairs executive at Pfizer.
Paul also prides himself as someone who has held “practically every restaurant job” possible. From high school through graduate school, he did it all: busboy, waiter, food carrier, cashier, host, dishwasher, prep cook, delivery boy and bartender.
Paul was graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Communication and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science. While in school, he held congressional internships with former Senators Bill Bradley and Charles Robb.
Paul is married to the love of his life, Marie, who has been an Emmy-award winning television reporter and the mother to his two wonderful stepchildren – Anna and Luke.