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Drew Becher became the 36th President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in June 2010. Under his leadership, PHS has expanded the City Harvest program, which provides fresh produce to more than 1,000 families in need each week during the growing season; and initiated the PHS Pop-Up projects, utilizing vacant city lots to provide new spaces for gardening and community gatherings. He previously served as Deputy Director of Washington, DC’s Office of Planning (2004–06), where he led the creation of the Department of Environment, and before that was Associate Director of the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. He also served as Chief of Staff for the Chicago Park District (1996–2004) and Assistant to Mayor. He helped forge Mayor Richard M. Daley’s acclaimed environmental and beautification agenda that contributed to Chicago’s recent placement on the Forbes list of the world’s most beautiful cities, and he created and led many of the initiatives that are now hallmarks of Chicago’s urban renaissance.