Mitchell Silver is the Commissioner of New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation. He was appointed Commissioner by Mayor Bill de Blasio on March 21, 2014. Mitchell most recently served as Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Raleigh. He is an award-winning planner with more than 25 years of experience and is renowned for his leadership in the profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues.
Mitchell is also currently a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Principal at Mitchell Silver and Associates, where he offers services in project management, neighborhood planning, best practices, and implementation strategies. Silver has served as Deputy Director for the Office of Planning in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for managing the Long Range Planning Division, and as Business Administrator for the Township of Irvington, New Jersey, where he focused on township policy and procedures and crisis management.
While previously in New York City, Mitchell served as the Manhattan Borough President's Urban Planning, Design and Policy Specialist, as Director of the Manhattan Borough President's Northern Manhattan Office, and as a City Planner in the New York City Department of City Planning. Mitchell has written and spoken extensively about the need to integrate city planning and public health policy, the expansion of green spaces and recreational facilities, and the implementation of educational campaigns promoting walking and other outdoor activities. He was President of the American Planning Association, has been named one of the Top 100 City Innovators in the World by UBM Future Cities, and was named one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment by Urban Times.
A Brooklyn native, Mr. Silver received his BA from Pratt Institute, and an MA in Urban Planning from Hunter College.