Mitchell C. Bernstein Named Director of Alexandria’s Department of Project Implementation
City Manager Mark B. Jinks has announced that Mitchell C. Bernstein, P.E., will serve as director of the Department of Project Implementation for the City of Alexandria, effective Monday, April 25. Bernstein has served as Acting Director since January 2015. The Department of Project Implementation was created in 2013 to accelerate the implementation of City infrastructure projects. These projects include roads, storm water and sanitary sewers, as well as major parks and public areas such as the City’s waterfront.
“Mitch is an effective, proven leader with a broad range of experience,” said Jinks. “His expertise in working with the City and outside agencies in the construction of capital projects make him the right person to manage Alexandria’s complex project implementation efforts.”
As Director of Project Implementation, Bernstein is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the department, with more direct involvement in the development of complex projects such as the implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan and the development of the Potomac Yard Metrorail Station. As Acting Director, he directed the development of a project management and reporting database that allows for real-time project monitoring and reporting, and initiated improved project management processes to improve the evaluation of project performance.
Bernstein joined the City in 2006 as a Senior Civil Engineer in the Construction Management and Inspections Division of the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services. In that position, he was responsible for the successful design and construction of several of the City’s most prominent capital projects, including the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial.
Before coming to Alexandria, Bernstein worked for 22 years at various consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 1989.