Commissioner Guzman is the Director of Cultural Affairs & Parks and Public Property
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Commissioner Margarita Guzman has a passion for education and public service stemming from a family rooted in educators and lawyers. Passionate about learning, as a student, Commissioner Guzman earned two accredited bachelor’s degrees in Advertisement and Law. Upon migrating to the United States, she immediately began pursuing her teaching certification, attending school full-time while also raising and maintaining a family of her own. As a first generation immigrant, Commissioner Guzman encountered a number of challenges and roadblocks while forming her life in a new country, all of which were trumped by her admirable work ethic and drive to succeed.
Today, she has been teaching preschool children for over ten years and is currently pursuing a Bilingual Endorsement which would allow her to teach as a bilingual teacher. Commissioner Guzman has been married for over twenty years and is the proud parent of three children. Wishing to actively better her community, she served for three years as Commissioner for the Housing Authority, and then as the Vice Chairwoman for the Hudson County Democratic Organization. She has been an outstanding citizen and civic leader in the Tow of West New York, earning the respect of her colleagues and community. Commissioner Guzman was the recipient of the Juan Pablo Duarte Community Service Award from the Town of West New York and honored as a Dominican Community Leader from the Dominican Republic General Consulate. She is also an active participant in the Dominican Board of Lawyers in New Jersey, choosing to maintain involved in the matters of her home county. Commissioner Guzman is an individual who never stops progressing or moving forward and always helps those around her to grow and flourish as well.