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Leadership

Kathryn Garcia Commissioner

Appointed in March 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Kathryn Garcia leads the world’s largest municipal waste management agency and its 9,700 uniformed and civilian employees. Under her direction, they keep New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice.

After her appointment as the Department’s 43rd commissioner, Garcia set an ambitious long-term goal for New York City: contribute zero waste to landfills. By efficiently leveraging the Agency’s $1.4 billion annual budget, the Department disposes of more than 3.2 million tons of refuse each year, recycles more than 600,000 tons of material – and is expanding its programs to make our City more sustainable. From promoting electronics and textile recycling to enhancing composting programs that eliminate food from the waste stream, the Department of Sanitation is a critical leader in helping New York City achieve the environmental goals outlined in the Mayor’s One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

A lifelong New Yorker, Commissioner Garcia launched her career as an intern at the Department of Sanitation. Before returning to the Department as Commissioner, she served as Chief Operating Officer at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where she was responsible for the operation of the City’s water supply, water and sewer system, and wastewater treatment plants. Prior to her service at DEP, Garcia was Vice President at Appleseed.

Commissioner Garcia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Read the mayoral press release and transcript.

Executive Staff

Steven Costas  First Deputy Commissioner

Bridget Anderson  Deputy Commissioner, Recycling & Sustainability

Gregory Anderson  Chief of Staff

Jose Atkinson  Deputy Commissioner, Solid Waste Management

John Capo  Director, Solid Waste Management

Lorenzo Cipollina  Deputy Commissioner, Finance & Administration

Edward Grayson  Director, Bureau of Cleaning & Collection

Rocky DiRico  Deputy Commissioner, Support Services

Marie Jean-Louis  Assistant Commissioner, Facilities Planning & Engineering

Teresa Neal  Director Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Robert Orlin  Deputy Commissioner, Legal Affairs

Vito A. Turso  Deputy Commissioner, Public Affairs