HomeKeynote Speaker: 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony

We are proud to present our keynote speaker for the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards: Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.


Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia



Michael DiBerardinis assumed his role as Managing Director on January 4, 2016. As Managing Director, Mr. DiBerardinis reports directly to Mayor Kenney and oversees and coordinates activity across most major operating departments of the city.


Described by the Philadelphia Daily News as “a high-energy, no-bull official, who sees potential on the horizon at all times,” DiBerardinis is committed to providing quality day-to-day service to citizens while simultaneously implementing the major policy goals and initiatives of the Kenney Administration.


Mr. DiBerardinis has spent his career advancing environmental initiatives by serving as Deputy Mayor of Environmental and Community Resources, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and many other roles. At his core, DiBerardinis remains the community organizer he was in the 1970s, deeply committed to connecting with citizens—understanding their expectations, considering their solutions, negotiating their contributions—and providing the good government that all Philadelphia neighborhoods deserve.


As Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources, he provided leadership for departments that managed more than 10,000 acres of land, 150 recreation centers and playgrounds, 150 neighborhood and regional parks, 54 library branches, and thousands of programs and events throughout Philadelphia.


As Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, DiBerardinis raised over $34 million in government grants, philanthropic funding, and private partnerships. Additionally, he oversaw the 2010 merger of the Fairmount Park Commission and the Department of Recreation and served as the first-ever Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner.


Mr. DiBerardinis also previously served the citizens of Pennsylvania as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources under Governor Edward G. Rendell. In this Cabinet-level position, he protected 150,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania—more than had been conserved in the previous 30 years combined—and led the creation/development of Pennsylvania Wilds, a project that dramatically increased economic development and ecotourism in Pennsylvania’s northern counties.


We are looking forward to having Mr. Michael DiBerardinis as our keynote speaker at the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards. We thank him for his commitment to protecting and improving the environment for all citizens of the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!


Click here to read more about the Award Ceremony including finalists and winners, our keynote speaker, and more.


All of the winners will be announced and presented with an award at the 2017 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony on May 11th at FringeArts!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at the ceremony!


*Group rates and discounts for members are available.


2017 Excellence in GSI Awards
Thursday, May 11
6 PM to 9 PM
140 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19106







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