Council confirmed Clark E. Ray as DPR director
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Department of Parks and Recreation
“Transforming Good into Great”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEDIA CONTACT:
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 Regina M. Williams
202. 673. 2195
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DC COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY CONFIRMS Clark E. Ray as Director of Department of Parks and Recreation
( Washington , DC ) In a unanimous 13-0 vote late yesterday, DC Council confirmed Clark E. Ray as the director of DC Parks and Recreation (DPR). Ray was officially appointed as acting director of the Department of Parks and Recreation on August 3, 2007 and began his tour of duty on August 9, 2007.
“Clark Ray’s leadership of DPR during his brief tenure exemplifies the proactive, problem-solving commitment to excellence that will facilitate positive change within the agency and for the residents, visitors and business owners of the District of Columbia ,” said Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. chair of DC Council’s Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation. “His dedication to the community is solid and I am pleased that the Council confirmed him.”
As director of DPR, Ray will be responsible for leading the charge to improve the District’s quality of leisure services to residents and visitors of the city. The agency supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, and neighborhood recreation centers as well as coordinates a wide variety of programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, outdoor adventure, recreation camping, child care services, and senior citizen activities.
“I am deeply honored and excited to be confirmed as the new DPR Director,” said Ray. “I look forward to transforming DPR into one of District’s great District agencies by working with the many partners in our neighborhoods, communities, and organizations.” Ray also thanked Mayor Fenty for his support and confidence in his abilities to take DPR from “good to great”.
Results-oriented visionary Clark E. Ray brings more than 20 years of community outreach, executive leadership, and education and training experience to the District of Columbia government. Clark ’s prior work in the Executive Office of the Mayor coupled with his keen acumen in sports and event management is a tremendous asset to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Clark E. Ray
Director, Department of Parks and Recreation
Prior to his appointment as DPR Director, Clark E. Ray served as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS). In this capacity, Ray led the charge to improve the quality of life for District residents by coordinating the efforts of District agencies as they provided services for every resident, visitor, and business owner. While there, he took “Operation Fix It,” a multi-agency initiative aimed at abating specific areas where crime, blight and compliance issues require participation from multiple District agencies and the community, to new heights.
In August 2004, Ray was named the director of external affairs of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission, a position he held until being named the director of MOCRS. As director at the Commission, Ray oversaw, coordinated and managed the location, design and construction of recreational sports facilities in the District. While serving in this capacity, he also was responsible for developing and monitoring project budgets as well as implementing and maintaining a community outreach plan to ensure that facility designs, development and operations took into their consideration valuable community input.
From 2000 to 2004, Clark served as Neighborhood Services Coordinator in the Office of Neighborhood Services in the Executive Office of the Mayor. Under the Neighborhood Service Initiative, he was responsible for developing a core team of District Government agency representatives while simultaneously establishing systems to monitor and maintain the coordination of timely responses to service needs of District residents. As a team leader and coach to Core Team members from participating agencies, he identified persistent and chronic problems throughout the city’s eight wards and developed and organized short and long term work plans to meet each need.
In 2000, after serving in the Clinton –Gore White House for six years, (which included being detailed to several federal agencies), Ray served as deputy campaign manager/chief of staff to Tipper Gore for GORE 2000. In this position, he was a member of Vice President Al Gore’s senior campaign management team and monitored and approved expenditures associated with Mrs. Gore’s campaign-related activities and events.
Ray has a MS in sports management from Temple University and a BS from the University of Arkansas .
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