Nasha McCray Named Director of Parks and Recreation Department
Assistant City Manager Chris Wilson announced today that after a nationwide search and competitive process, Nasha McCray has been named Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. McCray has served as the interim director since September 2017.
“As the deputy and interim director of Parks and Recreation, Nasha has established herself as a leader and we’re excited for the future of the department under her direction,” said Wilson. “With a background in planning, Nasha has overseen some significant growth for the City and Parks and Recreation from the opening of the Griffin Recreation Center to the new Latham Skate Park.”
McCray has been with the City since October 2009 and has served as the department’s deputy director since December 2015. She began her career as a planner for the City of West Palm Beach, FL, before serving as a senior planner and then project planner for its community redevelopment agency. Following a move to North Carolina, McCray secured the position of senior planner in Jacksonville and is credited with developing its first neighborhood and area planning program, spearheading the downtown master plan, and managing its growth management plan.
With the City of Greensboro, McCray has been instrumental in:
• Completing the Griffin Community Recreation Center.
• Improving neighborhood parks in Heath, Sussman, Steelman, Village at Northside, and Ole Asheboro.
• Providing leadership as a team member for development of the Battleground Parks District Master Plan.
• Serving on the leadership team during the planning phase of LeBauer Park.
• Administering the departments’ multi-year $95.8 million Capital Improvement Program.
• Managing, planning, and executing a diverse capital bond project portfolio valued at more than $11 million.
• Developing and planning the Parks and Recreation $34.5 million Bond Package.
• Leading the recent implementation of the Latham Skate Park development and garnered community input as a driving factor in the process.
McCray earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Central Florida.