Parks and Recreation Leadership

Mission: The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department builds healthy communities through parks, programs and partnerships.

2015-2018 Strategic Plan: Many Hands, Many Minds, One Team

  • Quality Guest Service

  • Strengthened Department Culture

  • Clean, Accessible and Safe Parks

  • Performance Excellence

  • Engaged Employees​


Inger Erickson, Parks and Recreation Director

Management Team:
Felissa Washington Smith, Assistant Director (Acting)
Cynthia Aguilar, Deputy Director, Downtown Division
Esther Avila, Deputy Director, South Division
Alonso Avitia, Deputy Director, Natural Resources Division
Cynthia Brown, Deputy Director, Northeast Division (Acting)
Tim Merritt, Deputy Director, Special Operations Division
Danielle Poveromo, Deputy Director, Northwest Division
Judy Weiss, Deputy Director, Management Services Division