Frank M. Conner III, is a partner with the global legal services firm of Covington & Burling LLP. Mr. Conner has extensive experience advising clients with respect to mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and governance matters. He is listed in Chambers, Super Lawyers, and The Best Lawyers in America in various substantive specialties. Mr. Conner serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and as Counsel to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Virginia College Savings Plan, as a Trustee of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as a Board member of Ford’s Theatre, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Mr. Conner is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Warner H. Session, is the founder of The Session Law Firm, which devotes the major part of its practice to representing businesses in the information technology, aviation, real estate and non-profit sectors. The Session Law Firm offers legal, government relations and business consulting services in such matters as corporate transactions, federal procurement, small business development, strategic partnering, legislation, regulatory compliance, and real estate. Mr. Session is former Counsel to the House Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee and served as Lead Counsel to the Subcommittee as it investigated the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Mr. Session is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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Earl Adams, Jr., Esq., is Of Counsel in DLA Piper’s Litigation and Government Affairs practices. His practice focuses on representing clients before all branches of state and local government, including various administrative agencies, and in advising clients in development transactions involving public-private partnerships. Mr. Adams previously served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, where he worked on issues relating to expanding and improving health care, economic development, increasing access to higher education and providing veterans with better services and resources. Mr. Adams was named as one of the Maryland Daily Record's “Very Important Professionals” in 2011 and serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Seed School of Maryland, and the President’s Advisory Council for the Greater Baltimore Committee. Before entering public service, Mr. Adams practiced labor and employment law in the Washington, DC office of an international law firm. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked in the airline industry as a revenue management market analyst for American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Adams graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Morehouse College, earned his M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Mr. Adams resides in Prince George’s County with his wife, Tamara Devieux-Adams, Esq., and their two sons, Earl III and Avery.

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Richard “Dickie” S. Carter, is the founder of Urban Service Systems Corporation, an environmental services company. He is also the principal owner of Carter & Carter Enterprises, Inc., a chemical transportation company; the managing partner of South Capitol Street Limited Partnership, a business entity specializing in real estate acquisitions; the managing member of Washington Leasing LLC, a business entity specializing in transportation and equipment leasing, and an investor in Darryl Carter Inc., an interior design and products firm. Mr. Carter was the Co-founder, and for twelve years the President and Chairman, of the Minority Contractors Assistance Project, Inc., a national program that assisted America’s minority contractors to compete for a more equitable share of government and private commercial construction contracts, and the founder of MCAP Bonding and Insurance Agency, Inc., the first minority surety bonding agency granted underwriting authority by the Aetna Insurance Company. He is the founder and Chairman of the Carter Family Foundation, a foundation that provides support to educational programs for inner city youth and he currently serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. He is also a member of the Federal City Council, Venture Philanthropy Partners and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. His previous board service has included the Board of Trustees at Southeastern University, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, Small Business Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Virginia, Metropolitan BB&T Bank Advisory Board and the Board of Franklin National Bank. Mr. Carter holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended the Howard University Graduate School of Social Work, and received his Master’s Degree from the Catholic University of America. He and his wife live in Potomac, Maryland. He is an appointee of the Governor of Maryland.

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Lynn Chapman, is President of NVS, a technology and business consulting firm. He has experience in business, academics, and public policy. In 1983 he took the entrepreneurial leap and co-founded a fiber optic communications company in a garage in Rockville, Maryland. He spent over 20 years in telecommunications in the Washington, DC area, with management experience in both venture start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy where his research focused on the impact of monetary policy on regional employment. He is a former board member of The Myositis Association (healthcare), Enterprise Mentors International (micro-lending), Southern Virginia University (education), and has held senior management positions in a number of technology firms. Dr. Chapman and his wife currently reside in Loudoun County, Virginia. He is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Michael A. Curto,  is the Deputy Chair of the Business Department of Squire Patton Boggs LLP, a global law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Mr. Curto also is a member of the Firm's Management Committee and head of the Firm's ERISA and Employee Benefits practice, representing corporate, nonprofit and government sponsors of pension and welfare benefit plans, Taft-Hartley funds, investment advisory firms, and insurance companies in all aspects of retirement, health and compensation issues. Mr. Curto also assists clients in a broad range of business planning and transactional matters and in related regulatory and policy projects. He currently is the Chairman for the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Committee for Montgomery County, Maryland and a member of the Annual Fund Committee for the Georgetown Preparatory School, which he previously chaired. He also has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Family Caregivers Association. Mr. Curto has three children and resides with his wife, Sabine, in Potomac, Maryland. He is an appointee of the Governor of Maryland.

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The Honorable Thomas M. Davis III,  is the Director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte LLP. He represented Fairfax County as an elected official for 29 years at the local and federal levels. From 1979 to 1992 he served as the Supervisor for Mason Magisterial District. From 1992 to 1994 he served as Chairman of the County Board, after which he represented the 11th Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. Congress until his retirement in 2008. During Mr. Davis’ congressional tenure, he accumulated a number of legislative accomplishments important to the National Capital Region. These include the D.C. Control Board Act, the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997, which resulted in the closure of Lorton Prison, and the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorized much needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system. He also gained national recognition for his investigations into the use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports and the Bush Administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia Law School. Mr. Davis is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Bruce A. Gates, is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for Altria Group and its operating companies. In his role, he leads Altria’s Government Affairs and Corporate Affairs functions and serves as a member of Altria’s senior management team. Prior to joining Altria in 2008, Mr. Gates was a partner at Washington Council Ernst & Young, a government relations firm he co-founded in 1996. Mr. Gates serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Washington Performing Arts Society. He also serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DC Sail, Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors and the Congressional Institute. Mr. Gates is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Alexandria, Virginia. He is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Anthony H. Griffin, is currently a half-time faculty member at George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs and is the at-large Board Member of the Fairfax County Water Authority. He retired in April 2012 after 23 years of service to Fairfax County, including 13 years as County Executive and 10 years as Deputy County Executive. He was also City Manager of Falls Church for six years and spent eight years with Arlington County, including serving as Acting County Manager for a year. Mr. Griffin spent three years as a junior officer in the Marine Corps to include a tour in Vietnam. He was a Board Member of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority from 1996 to 2012 representing Fairfax County, and is currently a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Hobart College and earned two Master’s Degrees from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Lucy, have two adult children and live in Oak Hill, Virginia. Mr. Griffin is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Shirley Robinson Hall, has worked in the private sector, as well as in federal, state, and local governments. She served as United States Public Delegate to the United Nations’ 52nd General Assembly, worked on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and served on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for 16 years. As a corporate executive with Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, she was a manager in the Divisions of Public Affairs and Personnel. Mrs. Hall was also an independent consultant specializing in the field of development, generating private, corporate and foundation gifts as well as marketing special projects. In public service, she chaired the Board of Directors of the Washington Convention Center, served on the DNC Site Committee for two different National Conventions, the Public Policy Institute Board of Visitors at Duke University, the Community Foundation of Greater Washington and the Providence Health Foundation Board of Directors. She also served on the Board of Advisors of Riggs Bank. Presently, she serves on the board of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. Mrs. Hall received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and Journalism from Wayne State University and attended University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Director's Institute. She and her husband live in Washington, DC. She is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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Barbara Lang,  is Managing Principal and CEO of Lang Strategies. Barbara manages the overall brand of the organization and oversees each of its practice areas: Business Development, Political Strategy Management, Executive Leadership and Business Tactical Planning, Assessment and Problem Solving. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lang was President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for the operations and overall strategic direction of the organization and advancing the Chamber's interests through advocacy, education, information and business development. Prior to joining the Chamber, Barbara held the positions of the Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Procurement Officer for Fannie Mae, where she managed all of the company's procurement, real estate and facility operations. She also had a long career with IBM where she served in several management positions in finance, administration and product forecasting. Barbara is renowned in the community for her business acumen, leadership and community engagement. She holds numerous awards for her distinguished leadership in the greater Washington community, including being honored twice as one of Washingtonian Magazine's 150 Most Powerful People in the Washington region; and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Cardinal Bank and the Lifetime Legacy Award from the Washington Business Journal. She and her husband, Gerald, live in Washington, DC. Barbara is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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The Honorable Elaine McConnell, former Member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, represented the Springfield Magisterial District for 24 years. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. McConnell and her husband, Warren “Mac” McConnell and their three children, moved to Fairfax County in 1961. She started her own business in 1964 and in 1969, started the first school for learning disabled children in the Metropolitan area, later opening the first multi-disciplinary diagnostic facility on the East Coast. Mrs. McConnell remains the President and CEO of four schools. In 1983, she was elected to represent the Springfield District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, repeating the process six times. Among her accomplishments was the initiation of the VRE rail service. She was a member of VDOT’s team overseeing construction of the Springfield “mixing bowl”. She chaired three of the major transportation boards in the County. During Mrs. McConnell’s last term of service on the Board of Supervisors, the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center was constructed and named in her honor. This building, which serves as a model to organizations around the world, houses representatives of public safety agencies in Fairfax and the Commonwealth under one roof to provide integrated public safety operations to the region. Mrs. McConnell remains involved in the education and rehabilitation of the many disabled students enrolled in her school located in the Springfield area of Fairfax County, striving to unlock the hidden capabilities of each child struggling to become a successful member of today’s society. She is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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William Shaw McDermott , is a partner with K&L Gates LLP. He was raised in Dedham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, and has lived most of his adult life in the same town with his wife, Hope Chatterton McDermott, and their three children. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in European History magna cum laude, matriculated into a graduate program in Modern History at Oxford University, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School. After passing the Bar, he served as a Law Clerk to Andrew A. Caffrey, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Mr. McDermott has practiced law in Boston for thirty-six years. He founded his own firm, McDermott & Rizzo, in 1981 and merged that firm into the predecessor of his current firm. Throughout his career, he has prepared and tried cases in state and federal courts on a wide variety of subjects, primarily in civil matters. In recent decades, he has concentrated on complex commercial litigations and class actions, internal investigations, and the defense of government enforcement actions. He has also dedicated substantial time in civic and community activities. He served as President of the Boston Bar Foundation; President of Dexter School and Southfield School; President of the Harvard Club of Boston; President of Citizens for Dedham Neighborhoods Alliance; Secretary of Thompson Island Outward Bound; and in leadership positions as a Director, Trustee, and Overseer at Harvard teaching hospitals, the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians, and the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. McDermott is active in local, state, and national politics. For over two decades, until January 1, 2013, he served as an elected Member of the Dedham Town Meeting and as Chairman of his precinct delegation for several terms. Mr. McDermott has published articles on historical, legal, and other topics in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and legal publications. He has spoken on legal issues at national and international forums. Mr. McDermott is an appointee of the President of the United States.

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Caren D. Merrick, is a Partner with Bibury Partners, an investment and advisory firm that focuses on enterprise and consumer technology sectors. Ms. Merrick’s former positions include Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of webMethods, Inc., (Nasdaq) a business-to-business enterprise software solution for Global 2000 companies that employed over 1,100 people worldwide. Ms. Merrick has served on the Board of Directors of VisualCV, a venture-backed online resume and corporate talent management solution. She served as Director of AOL.com, for America Online (NYSE) when annual revenue for the company was $1.6 billion. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Inova Healthcare Services and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and as a Member of the Technology Subgroup on the Virginia Governor's Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission. She was Co-Founder, President, and Chairman of the webMethods Foundation/118 Foundation, providing financial grants to non-profits to help low income families in the areas of education, economic development, healthcare and housing in the greater Washington DC area and East Africa. Previously, Ms. Merrick was a consultant for Australia Post, $5B government business enterprise that provides postal, retail and financial, logistics and fulfillment services across Australia. Ms. Merrick is a founding investor in Venture Philanthropy Partners, a philanthropic investment organization that mentors nonprofit leaders in growing programs to improve the lives of children from low income families in the National Capital Region. She has also served on the boards of Greater DC Cares, CharityWorks, the Fairfax Symphony and The Langley School. Ms. Merrick was named a 2011 Top 100 Technology Titan by Washingtonian Magazine. She is an active member of ARCS – Advancing Science in America - Achievement Awards for College Scientists. Ms. Merrick received a BA in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and has received a Certificate of Director Education from the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Nina Mitchell Wells, served as New Jersey Secretary of State from 2006 to 2010 under Governor Jon Corzine. During her tenure, she was responsible for promoting travel and tourism, history, arts and cultural organizations and was the State’s chief elections official. Previously, she served as President of the Schering-Plough Foundation, and Vice President of Public Affairs for Schering-Plough Corporation. She practiced corporate law for major corporations, including New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, Bell Communications Research, Inc. and also served as Vice President and Senior Attorney, the CIT Group, Inc. As a corporate attorney she specialized in real estate, law use and contracts. Ms. Wells served as the state-wide consumer utility advocate as head of the Division of Rate Counsel in the Department of the Public Advocate and served as a Rutgers University Law School Assistant Dean. She was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Newark and was the legal advisor to the Newark Planning Board and the Newark Real Estate Commission. She has served as a board member of secondary and collegiate institutions, cultural organizations, foundations, community organizations and various philanthropic causes, including the Board of Trustees of the Newark Day Center and Fresh Air Fund, Saint Barnabas Medical Center; the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority; the Victoria Foundation; the Board of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC); The Newark Museum and the Advisory Board of Teach for America. She is a cum laude graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College) and she holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Wells was a Woodrow Wilson Corporate Visiting Fellow and is a graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, Executive Management Program. She has received Honorary Degrees from the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ, and from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Ms. Wells is an appointee of the President of the United States.

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Joslyn N. Williams, is the first African-American President of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, having been first elected in 1982 and re-elected every three years since. Formerly, he had been the Director of AFSCME Council 26, representing federal employees. As an employee at the Library of Congress, Mr. Williams increased membership in its union threefold. He served as the Assistant Director of the AFL-CIO Department of Field Mobilization, and is a former regional director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. Mr. Williams has served in the District of Columbia as a member of many boards and commissions, including the Tax Revision Commission, the Unemployment Compensation Study Commission, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, the DC Convention Center Advisory Board, and commissions which developed proposals for health care coverage, and telecommunications and cable television. He is also Vice Chairman of the Workforce Investment Council in the District of Columbia. Mr. Williams served as an election observer for the first universal elections in South Africa, and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Central America representing the AFL-CIO. He is a native of Jamaica and currently resides in the District of Columbia. Mr. Williams is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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