| News Release for Immediate Release
January 19, 2005
Mayor Announces New Appointees
(Washington, DC) The Mayor announced five personnel appointments at today's weekly press conference. They include Ed Reiskin as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, Stan Jackson as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Patrick Canavan as Acting Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, Jay Greene as Acting Director of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development and Steve Green as Director of Development within the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Below are brief bios for these
Edward D. Reiskin
Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice
Edward D. Reiskin has more than 15 years of experience in the private, academic, non-profit, and public sectors. Most recently, Mr. Reiskin served as chief of staff to the city administrator of the District of Columbia government, a position he's held since 2003. In the chief of staff role, he managed the day-to-day affairs of the Office of the City Administrator, serving as the city administrator's key advisor on all District government policy, operational and administrative matters, and assisted the city administrator in the general management of the District. In addition, he oversaw the following offices under the direct purview of the city administrator: Office of Human Rights, Office of Risk Management, Office of Neighborhood Services, Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, Office of Labor Management Programs, Office of Strategic Planning and Performance Management, Master Facilities and Program Coordination Initiative, Customer Service Operations, and the Center for Innovation and Reform.
Prior to joining the District government, Mr. Reiskin worked for three years for the City of Oakland, CA, as an assistant to the city manager. In that capacity, he led citywide initiatives; supported and coordinated the work of city agencies, particularly in the areas of public safety and community development; provided general assistance to the city manager and assistant city manager; and implemented programs and policies of the Mayor and City Council.
From 1988 to 1998, Mr. Reiskin performed business and community environmental work for a non-profit research and consulting organization, conducted academic research on sustainable development for a business school professor, and worked as an engineer and manager in the private sector.
Mr. Reiskin holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He lives in Ward 6 with his wife and three children.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Stanley Jackson has served the District government for more than 23 years, most recently as director of the Department of Community and Housing Development (DHCD). Mr. Jackson has led his team at DHCD to address the District's housing crisis and to develop affordable housing, despite the challenge of the robust real estate market. Since Mr. Jackson took the helm in July 2001, the department has developed more than 6,700 units of newly constructed and rehabilitated affordable housing units and has helped more than 1,800 District residents become first-time homeowners.
Mr. Jackson served as chief of staff to the District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from May 2000 to July 2001. In this role, he helped the District of Columbia achieve financial recovery by working with the CFO to guide the organization through the delivery of the fourth Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Mr. Jackson was also instrumental in working with the CFO to assist the District in attaining bond-rating upgrades, ensuring a smooth budget process, and enabling the first Tax Increment Financing deal—the Spy Museum—to be accomplished.
Mr. Jackson joined the District government in 1981 as a management analyst at the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), where he later became division manager, chief tax enforcement officer, and chief of Assessment Services Division. From 1995 until his appointment as chief of staff, Mr. Jackson served as OTR's director of customer service administration. As director he was responsible for planning, directing, implementing, managing, and monitoring the organization's customer service operations. Due to his efforts, customer service outreach grew significantly during the yearly tax season, and real property and delinquent tax information became more visible.
Throughout his tenure at OTR, Mr. Jackson was instrumental in designing and implementing a number of innovative programs to increase tax revenues for the District. As chief of the Assessment Services Division, Mr. Jackson conducted the annual Real Property tax sale and implemented the Tax Lien Securitization Program. As the chief tax enforcement officer, Mr. Jackson was responsible for developing and implementing the Unclaimed Property Program and the Central Collection Program.
Mr. Jackson received a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Fayetteville, has done graduate work in business administration at Howard University, and recently completed a senior executive training course at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Black Public Administrators, the National Association of Tax Administrators and the Howard University Advisory Board for Public Policy.
Dr. Patrick J. Canavan
Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Patrick J. Canavan has served the District government and its residents in a variety of managerial and clinical positions for more than 11 years. Mayor Anthony A. Williams appointed Dr. Canavan as the director of the Neighborhood Services program in 2000. This program fosters a new approach to solving problems by reaching across agencies to form eight core teams who work collaboratively with residents to resolve longstanding issues in their neighborhoods. Though Neighborhood Services initially focused on bringing together the traditional "clean and safe" agencies to work together, it now also includes the health and human services agencies to solve multi-agency problems. He has served as a change agent in the Williams Administration.
As director of Neighborhood Services, Dr. Canavan oversees all of the agencies except the Metropolitan Police Department in the Mayor's successful Crime Reduction Hot Spots Initiative. This program addresses the issues which lead to violent crime, such as poor infrastructure, blight, and human suffering. Since February 2004, there has been a 32 percent reduction in violent crimes and a 13 percent reduction in property crimes in the 14 identified hot spots.
As a special assistant in the Office of the City Administrator, Dr. Canavan managed day-to-day interaction with the health and human services agencies as the new administration was challenged to become more responsive and efficient in this area of constituent service.
Dr. Canavan is also a licensed clinical psychologist and a qualified expert in forensic psychology. He worked for five years as a clinical administrator in the forensic division at St. Elizabeths Hospital, the public psychiatric hospital for the District of Columbia.
Dr. Canavan earned his Doctor of Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, a Master of Education from the University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Manager, trained at the George Washington University, and he has also completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Governments at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He lives in Ward 1 with his partner Dan and their two children.
Jalal "Jay" Greene
Department of Housing and Community Development
Jay Greene has more than 25 years of senior management experience in urban planning, neighborhood and economic development, budgeting, and financial planning and advising. He rejoined the District of Columbia government in August 2004 as the director of operations in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. In this capacity, he has coordinated redevelopment of the old convention center site and worked on the new convention center hotel. He has also been closely involved with the recent baseball negotiations.
Prior to rejoining the District, Mr. Greene served as a financial and development consultant or senior administrator in a variety of firms, including Stepping Stones, LLC, a minority-owned housing and community development firm based in Prince George's County, MD; TWG Financial, Inc., an advisory firm that has completed more than $4 billion of financial transactions for municipal bond issuers; and the Home Rule Development Corporation, a D.C.-based housing development consulting firm.
From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Greene worked for the Prince George's County government, serving as the director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, as well as executive director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities, where he administered the county's housing finance programs, including one of the largest Section 8 programs in the Washington metropolitan area. Under his leadership, the agency issued more than $120 million single and multi-family mortgage revenue bonds, and completed a $3 million comprehensive modernization program to upgrade 376 units of public housing, and received two "Best Practices" awards from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
During his past employment with the District government, Mr. Greene served as the chief financial officer of the Washington Convention Center Authority, as interim executive director of the Lottery and Charitable Games Board, and as deputy chief financial officer of the Office of Budget and Planning within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He played a vital role in developing the first balanced budget for the District of Columbia government, in fiscal year 1998.
Mr. Greene received a Master in Business Administration from Pace University, in New York, NY; a Master of Arts in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY; and a Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Joe's Movement Emporium, and is a past member of the Washington Area Housing Partnership and Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, Board of Housing Directors.
Stephen M. Green
Director of Development
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Stephen M. Green has served as a special assistant to Mayor Anthony A. Williams for planning and economic development since February 2000. Mr. Green has played a key role in developing housing policies and economic development strategies, and he has negotiated more than $2 billion of economic development projects, including a 10-acre mixed-use project in downtown DC and a convention center hotel. Other accomplishments include the successful negotiation with Major League Baseball to bring the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, DC, and the 2002 Housing Act, which created a dedicated revenue stream for housing across the District.
Mr. Green has more than 18 years in public sector real estate development. Prior to joining the District government, Mr. Green served for three years as the director of the Connecticut office of the Community Builders, Inc., a national nonprofit development and consulting company specializing in developing affordable and mixed income communities. In this role, Mr. Green managed a full range of real estate activities, including site assembly, contract negotiation, architectural supervision, resource identification and aggregation including packaging of funding applications, and construction management and supervision.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Green is the past president of the Board of the Mutual Housing Association of South Central Connecticut and has been very active in their effort to develop this alternative affordable housing model. Mr. Green has recently served as the vice chair of the Board of Commissioners of the New Haven Redevelopment Agency, is a past member of the New Haven Cultural Affairs Commission, the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Food Bank, and the Connecticut Committee of the Regional Plan Association.
Mr. Green has been a guest speaker at the Yale Law School and the University of Connecticut Law School, the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association. He attended Yale University.