Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and an internationally recognized planner. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver 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 and Planning Director 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. He is the Dunlop Lecturer in Housing and Urbanization at Harvard University and in 2014 and he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association.
Mitchell Silver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College in NYC. He has served as a trustee of Randall’s Island Park Alliance since 2014.