Delano Hunter is the Interim Director of the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and the Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Appointed in 2018, Mr. Hunter leads DPR in its supervision of over 930 acres of green space, 70 recreation centers, 34 pools, and hundreds of playgrounds, athletic fields, community gardens, and recreation assets. In 2021, the Trust for Public Land ranked Washington, DC as having the nation’s best park system. With Mr. Hunter’s leadership, DPR constructed its first rooftop garden at Edgewood Recreation Center providing residents in Ward 5 and surrounding communities with ready access to free, fresh herbs and vegetables. Mr. Hunter also led DPR in expanding its programmatic offerings by over 20% thereby increasing opportunities for residents to participate in recreational, health and wellness programs. Most recently, DPR has been lauded for its pandemic response by providing nutrition support and access to critical services for District residents, including Covid-19 testing and vaccinations.
Prior to DPR, Director Hunter served as the Chief Service Officer for the District of Columbia as Executive Director of Serve DC — The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. At Serve DC, Mr. Hunter led the execution of the AmeriCorps National Service grants, implemented emergency preparedness and response training, and organized volunteer activations across the District.
During Director Hunter’s time at Serve DC, the agency’s federal grant funding increased by nearly 40%, and over 12,000 residents and stakeholders were engaged each year, participating in innovative emergency preparedness trainings including Active Shooter Response, First Aid/CPR/AED, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Prior to Serve DC, Mr. Hunter worked for Nike Inc., in Beaverton, Oregon, within the Retail Development Program. While at Nike, Mr. Hunter co-founded the Nike Product Creation Experience (NPCE). The mentoring program enabled high school students to gain exposure to product development and marketing from industry professionals. In 2008, Mr. Hunter was recognized as the Nike Black Employee Network Person of the Year.
Mr. Hunter is a native Washingtonian and a proud graduate of Spingarn Senior High School. He graduated from Delaware State University and earned his MBA from the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business.