What we do
The Managing Director’s Office (MDO) is a cabinet-level office with oversight of the City’s operating departments. The MDO works with these departments to:
- Create and successfully enact new policies.
- Deliver efficient, effective, and responsive public services.
- Implement the mayor’s vision.
The MDO oversees departments in five clusters:
- Community Services
- Criminal Justice and Public Safety
- General Services, Arts, and Events
- Health and Human Services
- Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
The office also provides strategic oversight and support for the Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Fire Department, Department of Prisons, Department of Licenses and Inspections, Office of Emergency Management, Opioid Response Unit, and Office of Integrated Data for Evidence and Action.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-3480
The City’s managing directors issue orders and directives to guide the work of the City’s operating departments.
Tumar Alexander, managing director for the City of Philadelphia, is responsible for overseeing the City of Philadelphia’s daily operations, implementing the mayor’s vision, and delivering efficient, effective, and responsive public services in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. Alexander is a seasoned public servant who has worked for the City for nearly twenty years across three mayoral administrations. He has worked in various operations, policy, legislative, and external affairs roles.
Most recently before being appointed managing director, Alexander was named first deputy managing director in January 2019 and director of legislative and external affairs for the MDO in January 2016. He is a lifelong Philadelphian and a proud North Philadelphian.
Eva Gladstein is the first deputy managing director for the City of Philadelphia. In this position, she plays a significant role in the development and implementation of key policy initiatives; assesses the performance and progress of individual departments; and fosters cooperation and collaboration across City departments. She works closely with the Managing Director, Cabinet Members, Deputy Managing Directors, and the Mayor’s Office around strategic visioning and implementing priorities related to the Mayor’s second term of service.
Prior to this, Eva served as deputy managing director of Health and Human Services for the City of Philadelphia for seven years. She was responsible for the oversight of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), the Office of Homeless Services, the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), the Office of Domestic Violence Strategies (ODVS), and the Mayor’s Commission on Aging (MCOA).
Before leading HHS, Eva served as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity under Mayor Nutter. While there, she developed and implemented a nationally recognized comprehensive citywide plan to address poverty called Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, using a collective impact approach. It became the lead agency for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone, designated by President Obama in January 2014.
Eva has held a variety of leadership positions within City government since 1998. In 2012, she completed a three-year assignment as executive director of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, successfully reforming and modernizing Philadelphia’s 50-year-old zoning code. She also served as the director of neighborhood transformation for former Mayor John F. Street, coordinating a multifaceted strategy designed to renew and strengthen entire communities. Before being appointed to this position, Gladstein served as the executive director of the Philadelphia Empowerment Zone under Mayors Street and Rendell.
Eva began her career in the mid-1970s, co-founding and directing several non-profit organizations focused on housing policy.