POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Governor appoints Manuel Da Silva acting CEO of Schools Development Authority

Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that Manuel Da Silva will take over as acting head of the Schools Development Authority, or SDA.

This comes in the wake of former CEO Lizette Delgado Polanco’s resignation Tuesday.

Da Silva had been an employee at the SDA since 2010, holding various roles but serving most recently as the organization’s vice president of construction operation where he’s overseen all capital construction, facilities projects and emergent projects. Before the SDA, he was the COO for M. Alfieri Co., Inc., a commercial property management firm based in Edison.

“I am thrilled to be recommended by Governor Murphy to serve the SDA as Acting CEO,” said Da Silva. “Providing the best possible educational facilities to the students of New Jersey is a responsibility I take very seriously. I look forward to taking on this challenge and leveraging my experience in construction and organizational management to support our children.”

Da Silva will now be considered by the SDA board to serve on an interim basis.

“I am confident Manny has the construction experience and the right temperament to guide the SDA through this period of transition,” said board chair Rob Nixon. “Manny is well regarded by the Board and I look forward to their approval of him becoming Interim CEO.”