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Kevin Jeffrey
Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs
New York City Parks and Recreation Department

Kevin E. Jeffrey was appointed Parks & Recreation’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs in April 2002. Public Programs encompasses the operation of 36 recreation centers, 17 Nature Centers, Central Recreation, Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol, Partnerships for Parks, and Central Communications.

Deputy Commissioner Jeffrey was raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. In May 1979, he joined the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation as one of the very first Urban Park Rangers. During his tenure with NYC Parks he supervised the Mounted Rangers Unit, served as Executive Director of the Parks Enforcement Patrol, was next appointed Chief of Operations of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and thereafter, Chief of Brooklyn Recreation. Jeffrey left NYC Parks to serve as Deputy Commissioner of Recreation, Programs and Services with the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He was later appointed Regional Director of State Parks holdings in New York City.

Jeffrey returned to Brooklyn in 1997, taking on the role of Executive Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA where he spearheaded the task of revitalizing this large urban youth development facility. He has also served as a trainer and coordinator in the design and implementation of Total Quality Management programs within the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the National Parks Service.

As Deputy Commissioner for Public Programs, Kevin Jeffrey is committed to expanding recreational, educational, and athletic opportunities for all New Yorkers.

He resides in Brooklyn and has four children. He spends his free time enjoying fishing, and frequenting New York City’s many playgrounds.

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