City names new Director for Museums and Cultural Affairs, Parks and Recreation

Monday evening, City of El Paso officials announced the appointment of Ben Fyffe as the City’s Director of Cultural Affairs and Recreation.

Fyffe, a 19-year City of El Paso employee, will lead and oversee the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) and the Parks and Recreation Department.

“We are extremely confident in the leadership that Ben has shown while serving in both capacities,” said Deputy City Manager of Quality of Life Tracey Jerome. “Not only is he an incredible asset for our City and community, but Ben is an example of the City’s organizational commitment to strong succession implementation and the development of talent from within the organization.”

Fyffe began his work with the City as an intern at the El Paso Museum of Art while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Fyffe began his professional career with the City in 2001 as an Assistant Head of Education at the El Paso Museum of Art.

He has served in a variety of positions throughout his time with the City. In 2015, the City promoted Fyffe to Assistant Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs that included overseeing the public art program and assisting with operations of the City’s three museums.

In addition to serving as Assistant Director of Museums and Cultural Affairs, the City named Fyffe to serve as Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department in February of this year.

Fyffe is a dedicated advocate for the arts and the community. He has worked tirelessly to improve El Paso’s quality of life and place. During his professional service with the City, Fyffe has secured $3.4 million in grants, donations and sponsorships to expand program budgets and has effectively driven work on several cross-functional teams.

Fyffe has a Bachelor’s in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso where he is a member of the National Honor Society for Public Administration.

Fyffe begins his new role as Director of Cultural Affairs and Recreation immediately.