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 Police Advisory Commission.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-3480
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.
Vanessa Garrett Harley, first deputy managing director, is responsible for assisting the managing director in overseeing the daily operations of the City of Philadelphia. She has direct oversight for the Department of Licenses & Inspections, Prisons, the Police Advisory Commission and Counsel Fees. Prior to her appointment as first deputy managing director, she was the deputy managing director of criminal justice and public safety.
A lifelong Philadelphian and dedicated public servant, Garrett Harley has held several roles in city government, including chair of the Social Services Law Group at the Philadelphia Law Department. A staunch advocate for children and families, she formerly served as the commissioner of Philadelphia Department of Human Services, the largest child welfare agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.