Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer
New York City Parks & Recreation
As deputy commissioner/chief operating officer for NYC Parks, Mr. Focht leads a team committed to delivering high-quality, maintainable and sustainable public spaces in a consistent and timely manner. NYC Parks encompasses over 1,900 sites and 30,000 acres in all five boroughs, including many iconic and world-renowned parks. Mr. Focht is a licensed landscape architect with over 30 years’ experience in the private, public, non-profit, and academic areas of practice. Prior to joining NYC Parks, he worked for the City of Philadelphia for 18 years, serving last as first deputy commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.