MITCHELL J. SILVER
Mitchell J. Silver will be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Power of 10 Regional Summit.
Mitchell Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and formerly served as the director of planning for the city of Raleigh, NC.
An award-winning planner with almost 30 years of experience, Silver is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies.
As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets.CRT is honored to have Mitchell Silver serving as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s summit.
Appointed as executive director by the Board of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in June 2015, Joseph C. Szabo has varied experience in local, state, and federal governments, civic affairs, and transportation. CMAP and its partners are developing ON TO 2050, a new comprehensive regional plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities of northeastern Illinois to implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
Prior to joining CMAP, Szabo was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the twelfth Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). From 2009-2015, he led a staff of over 900 professionals located in Washington, DC, and at field offices across the nation as the first FRA head to come from the ranks of rail workers.
Szabo began his public service as a zoning commission member in his native south suburban Riverside, Illinois, where he later served as a park district commissioner, village trustee, and ultimately mayor. He also was a member of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association executive board and transportation committee and regional Council of Mayors executive committee.
His prior service also included membership on the Executive Council of Chicago Metropolis 2020 (later known as Metropolis Strategies), the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and the Legislative Committee of the Chicagoland Metropolitan Planning Council. He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Governors State University and received an honorary doctorate from Lewis University for his lifetime commitment to public service.