New York City Parks and Recreation
Mitchell Silver became commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also a past president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mitchell is an award-winning planner with over 30 years of experience. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. As parks commissioner, Mitchell oversees management, planning, and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland. Prior to returning to his native New York City, he served as the chief planning & development officer for Raleigh, NC. In Raleigh, he led the comprehensive plan update process and a rewriting of the development code to create a vibrant 21st-century city. In 2014 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association.