VP, Sustainable Infrastructure & Growth Initiatives, National Hockey League
Omar Mitchell is Vice President, Sustainable Infrastructure and Growth Initiatives at the National Hockey League. Working in the Social Impact, Growth and Legislative Affairs (SGL) Department, Mitchell focuses on the places and spaces where the sport of hockey is played, from pro arenas to community rinks and multi-use spaces. He is responsible for strategies that grow youth sport participation and hockey fandom through physical infrastructure – by exploring business models and innovations that address economic, social and environmental sustainability within such infrastructure to ultimately create vibrant and healthy communities.
Mitchell interned at the NHL in 2011, which turned into a full-time role at the League in 2012 as the NHL’s first environmental sustainability director, overseeing the NHL Green initiative – the award-winning, comprehensive, environmental sustainability program. He has also led corporate social responsibility, public affairs and philanthropic initiatives over the past seven seasons including responsibility for the NHL Foundation and the NHL’s Legacy Projects. He started his career in architecture and real estate and holds an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management; a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University in the City of New York; and is a lifelong University of Florida Gator.