Vice President for Operations
Reporting to and partnering with the President, Mr. Calvanese oversees and develops all operational strategy for Central Park, and ensures that the Conservancy is fulfilling its contractual obligations to the City of New York. He is responsible for oversight of daily Park operations, including horticulture, special events and Conservancy relations with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the NYPD, Department of Transportation, and Department of Environmental Protection, staffing, staff development and training. Partnering with Department of Parks and Recreation, he develops an annual plan for special events that take place in the Park for the purpose of minimizing their impact on the landscape. He is responsible for developing strategy for adopting and applying the most advanced technology in pest control practices. He oversees the field volunteers programs, including training and utilization.
As a member of the senior management team, Mr. Calvanese partners with leaders in Planning, Design and Construction to develop the strategic planning of major renovations, restorations, and other projects in the Park, and works directly with the Chief of Operations to review, analyze and develop an annual budget and long-term budget plans.
Mr. Calvanese develops and oversees the annual operations budget. He also develops and oversees long-term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with the Operations budget and the Conservancy’s strategic plan. He participates in the ongoing strategic planning process as an integral member of the senior management team.
Mr. Calvanese oversees the development and maintenance of the volunteer program. He provides guidance towards the goal of a continued strong volunteer base for operations.
Mr. Calvanese works closely with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, the NYPD, and Urban Park Service regarding safety and enforcement needs in the Park. He plans and implements strategies for ensuring special events have minimal impact on landscapes. He engages with a variety of Park user groups and governmental entities.
Working closely with the Chief of Operations, Mr. Calvanese oversees the development and execution of all horticultural and environmental design and maintenance plans.
Mr. Calvanese works with the Development team to stay informed of donor expectations and develop plans to meet commitments arising from donor relationships. He participates in fundraising as needed and supports Development efforts for long-term funding and project development.
Administration - Compliance / Contracts
Mr. Calvanese works closely with the Chief of Operations and directors to make sure all staff are well informed about and compliant with expectations set forth in the Employee Handbook and all Conservancy policies. He manages and oversees all operations activities to ensure compliance with the Conservancy’s contract with the City. He keeps the Chief of Operations and Directors aware of compliance obligations in contracts, most significantly, the Park Inspection Program. Mr. Calvanese also negotiates and oversees all contracts with third parties engaged to perform maintenance services in the Park.
Mr. Calvanese develops operation plans for the long- range sustainability of new landscapes. He identifies current Park uses and develops appropriate landscape plans. He oversees Operations staff support of, and works with, Planning, Design and Construction for the planning and implementation of capital work.
Mr. Calvanese has worked in Central Park since 1981, when he started as a climber with the tree crew. Since then, he has held the positions of Tree Care Coordinator, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Director of Horticulture, Deputy Chief of Operations, and Chief of Operations. Having worked with the Conservancy in its early days, and through many of its ambitious restoration projects, Mr. Calvanese has played an active role in Central Park’s renaissance.
Mr. Calvanese holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Arkansas College as well as an Associate’s Degree in Arboriculture from SUNY Farmingdale