Veronica White Named NYC Parks Commissioner, Succeeding Benepe
Veronica White, the founding executive director of New York’s poverty-fighting Center for Economic Opportunity, was appointed parks commissioner by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
White, 53, will replace Adrian Benepe, who has headed the department for the past 10 years. He is leaving to join the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land, the mayor said today in a statement.
White is a Harvard Law School graduate with a master’s degree from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Appointed in 2006, she runs an office that implements experimental antipoverty programs, some with private funding. Five of the center’s programs have been copied by other cities, Bloomberg said, including job training and “conditional cash transfers” to families as incentives to take better care of their health and improve school attendance and performance.
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