As NHL Vice President, Sustainable Infrastructure and Growth Initiatives, Omar Mitchell is part of the Social Impact, Growth and Legislative Affairs (SGL) Department and focuses on embedding environmental sustainability throughout the NHL, growing the sport of hockey and creating vibrant and healthy communities where the game is played. He is responsible for promoting strategies and innovations that address economic, social and environmental sustainability, and for increasing access to the game via physical infrastructures including professional arenas, community rinks and multi-use play spaces such as street hockey courts.
Mitchell joined the NHL in 2012, serving as the League’s first environmental sustainability director and overseeing the award-winning and globally acclaimed NHL Green initiative. Throughout the past 10 NHL seasons, he has led corporate social responsibility, public affairs and philanthropic initiatives including management of the NHL Foundation, the League’s Legacy Projects and the Stanley Cup - the most cherished and historic trophy in professional sports.
In 2021, Adweek recognized Mitchell as a ‘Sustainability Star’ as part of the inaugural class of “brand leaders on a mission to help save the planet.” He has advised environmental non-profits and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), a Congressionally chartered, non-partisan, non-advocacy organization working to make the environment more accessible and connected to people’s daily lives.
Prior to the NHL, Mitchell began his career in real estate, practicing architecture in New York City. He earned a Master of Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in the City of New York, and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture (BDes Arch) from the University of Florida (class of 1999).