Adrian Benepe has worked for nearly 30 years protecting and enhancing New York City's natural and historic beauty. Mr. Benepe started his Parks & Recreation career as a teenage seasonal helper and later became a member of the first corps of Parks & Recreation's Urban Park Rangers. He then took on a variety of positions ranging from Director of Natural Resources & Horticulture to Director of Art & Antiquities, helping to found the Historic House Trust. He continued this effort as Commissioner of the city’s Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002. In addition, he served as Manhattan Borough Commissioner, managing Manhattan's green infrastructure of more than 300 parks, playgrounds and malls, and helping to found the Fort Tryon Park Trust. Currently, Mr. Benepe serves as the senior vice president and director of city park development for The Trust for Public Land and is a member of NYRP’s Nominating Committee.