Graduate Center for Planning
Michael Marrella, AICP, is the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront policy for the agency and advises the Chair and members of the City Planning Commission on the planning and land use issues affecting waterfront and open space areas and climate adaptation planning. Michael serves as the primary liaison to a wide range of stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use, zoning and economic development related to waterfront and open space. Michael was also the Project Director for Vision 2020, the City’s new Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that received numerous awards, including the American Planning Association’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan in 2012. Prior to his work on Vision 2020, Michael worked for 5 years as Manager of Environmental Planning on the Freshkills Park project. Michael also previously worked for AKRF, Inc., a planning consulting firm, and for the Town of Smithtown, NY. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute and has lectured at numerous colleges and universities.
Michael holds a BA from Vassar College and a Master in City Planning from MIT.