Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources
City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In April 2009, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed Michael DiBerardinis as Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation and Special Advisor to the Mayor on the Free Library. In this position, DiBerardinis is responsible for the management of the 9,200 acre, 63 parks Fairmount Park system.
In addition to the oversight of the Parks and Recreation Department, DiBerardinis serves as special advisor to the Mayor on the Free Library of Philadelphia. Beginning in March 2003, he served as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) under Governor Edward G. Rendell. In this state cabinet level position, DiBerardinis led and managed over 3,000 employees in 117 state parks, 26 forest districts and seven regional community offices.
Prior to being named Secretary of DCNR, DiBerardinis served as Executive Director of the Campaign for Working Families, a program at the University of Pennsylvania, and as the Vice President of Programs for the William Penn Foundation. Active in civic and community organizations, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation and the Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation.
DiBerardinis has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from St. Joseph’s University. He lives in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Joan Reilly, and their children Gabriele, Justin, Maura, and Daniel.