Antonia M. (Toni) Pollak was the longest serving Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boston from 2002 to 2014. During her tenure, Toni worked to maintain, improve, and provide public programming to over 2,200 acres of open space in Boston, including: 286 parks, squares, playground, courts, and planting areas; 16 historic burying grounds and 3 active cemeteries; a greenhouse complex, and 36,000 street trees. Prior to her service in the Parks Department, Toni served as Commissioner of Environment for the City of Boston, as a member of the Menino Project staff, and as executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance.
Her leadership and policy experience, in addition to her work in developing collaborative partnerships with area nonprofits and other city and state agencies, led to many capital project achievements for Boston's parks and open space, including: the opening of the East Boston Greenway; the transformation of Spectacle Island from a landfill to a visitor's destination; the restoration of Brewer Plaza on the Boston Common; and Muddy River Flood Risk Management and Environmental Restoration partnership between the City of Boston, the Town of Brookline, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Toni currently serves as an Overseer at the BAC as well as a Trustee at The Boston Harbor Association, Preservation MASS and Gardens for Charlestown. She is a graduate of Boston University and attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Program.
In May 2014, Toni was awarded an honorary Doctor of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design.