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 offers its clients legal, government relations, and business consulting services in such matters as corporate transactions, government procurement, small business development, regulatory compliance and real estate. Mr. Session is former Counsel to the House Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee where he handled aviation, procurement and telecommunications issues. He is a graduate of Stanford University (BA) and Georgetown University Law Center (JD), and is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Session is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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Earl Adams, Jr., is Of Counsel in the Litigation and Government Affairs groups of DLA Piper US. His practice focuses on representing clients before federal, state and local government and with helping clients develop transactions involving public-private partnerships. Before joining DLA Piper, Mr. Adams served as Chief of Staff to former Lt. Governor of Maryland Anthony Brown and, prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked in the airline industry as a revenue management market analyst for American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. In addition to the serving on the Airports Authority Board, Mr. Adams serves as a Director on the Boards of the Bowie State University Board of Visitors, SEED School of Maryland, the Prince George’s County Parks Foundation, and the Canton Railroad Company. He is also an officer of the Boston College Law School Alumni Assembly and served on the 2008 Obama-Biden Veterans Affairs Transition team. His professional honors and recognitions include: 40 Under 40 Prince George’s County; Maryland Daily Record, Very Important Professionals; the LEADERship Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee; and the University of Maryland Public Leadership Fellows Program. He is also a proud Eagle Scout. Mr. Adams graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, earned a M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and his 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. He is an appointee of the Governor of Maryland.

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C. Charles "Chuck" Caputo, is currently President of the Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary. He is a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 67th District covering Chantilly and parts of Oakton, Centreville, Oak Hill, and South Riding. Mr. Caputo was a telecommunications engineer with the Federal Government, serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service and retired from the Defense Information Systems Agency. He has held positions on the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board, the Brain Foundation Board, the Fairfax County Election Process Improvement Commission and the Best Buddies of Northern Virginia Board. In addition, he has served on the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council, the Northern Virginia Community College Board of Trustees and Educational Foundation, the Fairfax County School Board, the Association of Community Colleges Board and the Council for the Arts of Herndon. Mr. Caputo is a graduate of the City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned a master’s degree in systems administration from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Barbara in Oak Hill, Virginia and is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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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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Bruce A. Gates, is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for Altria Client Services, which provides professional services and support for Altria Group and its operating companies. In his role, he leads the 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. He also serves on the boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, DC Sail, Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness 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 the at-large Board Member of the Fairfax County Water Authority. He was a half-time faculty member at George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs until December 2014. 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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Katherine K. Hanley, is a former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia, former Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Providence District Supervisor, and former member of the Fairfax County School Board. She served on the WMATA (Metro) Board of Directors, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the regional Transportation Planning Board, the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee, and was appointed the Northern Virginia District Representative on the Commonwealth Transportation Board. She also served as President of both the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League. Currently, Ms. Hanley also serves on the Board of Directors of the Inova Health System, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, HomeAid Northern Virginia, Cornerstones, and is Secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. Ms. Hanley earned bachelor’s degrees in French civilization and secondary education from the University of Missouri, and an M.A.T from Harvard University. She is a resident of Reston, Virginia, and is an appointee of the Governor of Virginia.

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Richard A. Kennedy, is a nationally recognized expert in the elevator and escalator industry. He is President and CEO of Kencor, Inc., an elevator systems company, where he has worked since 1982. From 1994 to 1996, he was also CEO of Delco Elevator Equipment Sales, Inc., and from 1978 to 1981, he was CEO of Elevator Sales & Service, Inc. He is currently a director of the Elevator Contractor Council for the Association of Building Contractors. He was President of the National Association of Elevator Contractors from 2010 to 2011, and from 2009 to 2011 he served on its Board of Directors. Through his independent consulting company, Richard A Kennedy & Associates, he is frequently retained by states and municipalities, the legal profession, insurance companies and building owners to audit and advise on elevator and escalator service. Mr. Kennedy received an A&S Degree from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from Widener University. He resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with his family. He is an appointee of the President of the United States.

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Barbara Lang, is Managing Principal and CEO of Lang Strategies. She manages the overall brand of the organization and oversees each of its practice areas: Business Development, Political Strategy Management, Executive Leadership, Business Tactical Planning, Assessment and Problem Solving and Marketing & Branding. 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, Ms. Lang 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. Ms. Lang 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. In addition to serving on the MWAA’s Board, she also serves on the boards of Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Cardinal Financial, Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Meyer Foundation. She and her husband, Gerald, live in Washington, DC. Ms. Lang is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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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. 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 forty years. 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, including service as President of the Boston Bar Foundation; as President of Dexter School and Southfield School; as President of the Harvard Club of Boston; and in leadership positions as a Director, Trustee, and Overseer at Harvard teaching hospitals and the Harvard School of Public Health. Mr. McDermott is active in local, state, and national politics. 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, Founder and CEO of Pocket Mentor, a mobile application and digital publishing company focused on leadership development and career advancement. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and management. She serves on the boards of the Gladstone Companies, leaders in private equity, debt financing and real estate ownership and financing, a family of public and private investment funds with approximately $1.7 billion invested. (Nasdaq: GLAD, GOOD, GAIN, and LAND). Previously she was 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. Ms. Merrick served as Director of AOL.com, for America Online (NYSE) when annual revenue for the company was $1.6 billion. Ms. Merrick 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. Ms. Merrick was Co-Founder, President, and Chairman of the webMethods Foundation/118 Foundation, providing financial grants to non-profits that 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. She is an Advisory Board member of the Global Good Fund. 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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A. Bradley Mims, has served as a transportation professional in government and the private sector for over 35 years. As a government relations specialist with a multi-modal transportation background, Mr. Mims holds a special affinity for the aviation industry. He serves as transportation and infrastructure advisor to the Mid-Atlantic Laborers' Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), a group committed to advocating the mutual interests of Labor and Management in the transportation and infrastructure construction sector. Mr. Mims joined the organization in 2013 after serving as a consultant to LECET and other industry clients for several years. Previously, Mr. Mims served as Vice President - Aviation Market Leader for Parsons Brinckerhoff and as Senior Associate for the Transportation Group at Booz/Allen/Hamilton. He also served in the Clinton Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. Mr. Mims served as Congressional Liaison for the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum and the National African American Museum. He also served on Capitol Hill for more than 12 years as transportation staffer to Congressmen John Lewis of Georgia and Julian Dixon of California. Mr. Mims holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College and is a Member of the Board of Directors and Legislative Advisor to the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Member of the Board of the Central Maryland Regional Transportation Authority, former Member of the Board of Directors for the Airport Consultants Council, and former Board Member of the Maryland Transportation Authority. He is an appointee of the Governor of Maryland.

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Thorn Pozen, is a partner in the law firm of Goldblatt Martin Pozen in Washington, D.C., where, among other topics, he advises government and private sector clients on local government, administrative law, and local and federal government ethics issues. Mr. Pozen previously served as the D.C. Government’s Chief Ethics Counselor and Chief FOIA Officer, Special Counsel, Chief of Staff and Counsel to a D.C. Councilmember, staffer for the former D.C. Financial Control Board, as well as in private practice. He has over 25 years of experience working for and with the District government. Mr. Pozen serves on a number of nonprofit board of directors including, the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Horizons Greater Washington, JCRC of Greater Washington, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Council for Court Excellence. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar’s D.C. Affairs Section. Mr. Pozen graduated from American University, Washington College of Law, magna cum laude, and from Connecticut College with honors and distinction in his major. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children. Mr. Pozen is an appointee of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

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Nina Mitchell Wells, served as New Jersey Secretary of State from 2006 to 2010 under Governor Jon Corzine. 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 was Vice President and Senior Attorney at the CIT Group, Inc. 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, NJ. She has served as a board member of numerous 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); Women’s Association of NJPAC and The Newark Museum. A cum laude graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College), she holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Wells also received a degree from 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, including to Swaziland for a continental trades union conference in 2015. 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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