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 growing the sport of hockey through physical infrastructure – the places and spaces where the sport is played – from pro arenas to community rinks and multi-use outdoor spaces. He is responsible for promoting strategies, business models and innovations that address economic, social and environmental sustainability within such infrastructure to ensure they ultimately create vibrant and healthy communities where the game is played.
Mitchell started at the NHL in 2012 as the League’s first environmental sustainability director, overseeing NHL Green – the award-winning, comprehensive, environmental sustainability initiative. He has also led corporate social responsibility, public affairs and philanthropic initiatives over the past eight seasons including oversight of the NHL Foundation, the NHL’s Legacy Projects and Stanley Cup. 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.