MARVIN R. REED, Former Mayor, Borough of Princeton, NJ
Marvin Reed is the former mayor of the Borough of Princeton, having served in that position for more than 13 years.
He was first elected to the Princeton Borough Council in 1984, 1987, and 1990. He was the Council President in November, 1990 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the passing of former Mayor Barbara Boggs Sigmund and was then elected to the post three times, in 1991, 1995, and 1999.
Retired from his own public relations business, Princeton Media Associates, Reed has long been active in state government and political affairs. As communications director for the N.J. Education Association, he was not only involved for many years with New Jersey school and college development but with taxation and municipal reform issues as well.
He was recently named by Senate President Richard Cody as his appointment to the newly created Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization, and Consolidation Commission which the Legislature created this Spring to encourage shared services and mergers among New Jersey’s 566 municipalities.
Reed is currently a co-chair of the New Jersey Chapter of the national Congress for The New Urbanism. From 1996 to 2001 he was the president of Downtown New Jersey, Inc., a group of professional planners and public officials advocating redevelopment of traditional urban and town centers. In 1993 he chaired of the N.J. State Task Force on Driver Distraction and Highway Safety, which succeeded in gaining passage of a ban on hand-held wireless phones while driving.
Active in the N.J. State League of Municipalities, he served when he was Princeton Borough mayor as the Mercer County representative on its Executive Board, chaired the League’s Committee on Telecommunications, and represented the League on the State’s Public Works Licensing Advisory Board.
He continues to serve on the Princeton Regional Planning Board and the Borough’s Non-Profit Housing and Redevelopment Corporation. As a trustee of the Princeton Public Library, he spearheaded the Borough’s planning for new retail, residential apartments, and expanded parking adjacent to the town’s new downtown Library. Reed chairs the Redevelopment Task Force for New Jersey Future, a statewide citizens group supporting the State’s Smart Growth initiative.
Reed is a past-president of the board of trustees for the Trenton-Hopewell Valley Family Service Association (now Family Guidance Association), which provides counseling services for most of Mercer County. He is a member of the Mercer Fund Advisory Committee of the N.J. Community Foundation.
He has bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers University and has done advanced study in journalism and communications at Northwestern and New York Universities.
His wife, Ingrid, and he live at 6 Cameron Court in Princeton. They have two children -- David of Orinda, CA and Liza O’Reilly of Hingham, MA. -- and three granddaughters, Cecilia, Jacquelyn, and Agnes-Marie, as well as a grandson, Owen.