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Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Amy Phuong as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation

Post Date:09/24/2014 11:00 AM
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News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Appoints Amy Phuong as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed today announced his appointment of Amy Phuong as Commissioner for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Phuong previously served as the city’s Chief Service Officer, where she helped to engage Atlantans in community service and channel volunteers towards the greatest areas of need. She played a leading role in launching and developing Mayor Reed’s Centers of Hope initiative where she helped to raise $5 million to support robust youth programs.

Prior to Mayor Reed’s announcement, Phuong had served as Interim Commissioner since May where she recently led the Department in its effort to retain its National Recreation and Park Association accreditation. The national accreditation is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a parks system. Phuong was also instrumental in overseeing the reconstruction of John A. White Park Pool. Under her leadership, the Pool reopened on time with improved amenities including water slides, a zero-depth entry pool zone, new changing rooms and a new bath-house.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Phuong as the Commissioner of our Department of Parks and Recreation,” said Mayor Reed. “Amy brings the right expertise to help the Department of Parks and Recreation meet the long-term goals of my administration. I am confident that her experience, vision and exceptional commitment to public service will help deliver on our promise to expand best-in-class recreational opportunities and greenspace for our city’s children and families”.

In 2010, Amy was named the city’s first Chief Service Officer, a position funded by a $200,000 Cities of Service Leadership Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Over the last four years, Phuong has significantly increased volunteerism, developed new partnerships with business and philanthropic leaders, and helped to launch the city’s first Centers of Hope pilot programs at Adamsville and Thomasville Recreation Centers in conjunction with the Metro Atlanta YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.

“As a native Atlantan, I am honored and excited to serve as the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation,” said Phuong. “Parks and recreation facilities are true community assets that positively contribute to the fabric that makes Atlanta special. Under my leadership, we will strive to become a world-class system.”

The Atlanta City Council must confirm Phuong before her appointment is final.

Phuong is a graduate of Georgia Tech, a 2014 MBA Candidate of Georgia Tech, and has held board positions with the Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Dad's Garage Theatre Company, FLUX Projects, Keep Atlanta Beautiful, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Cole Society Advisory Board, and the Quality of Life Advisory Committee for the Fort McPherson Redevelopment Project.


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