Tom Downs, Chair, joined the Metro Board in January 2011 representing the District of Columbia. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Veolia Transportation of North America, a Paris based multi-national corporation. Tom has served as the President of the Eno Transportation Foundation, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, the Chairman and CEO of Amtrak, the President of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in New York City, Commissioner of Transportation for the State of New Jersey, Chairman of the Board of New Jersey Transit, a member of the WMATA (Metro) Board of Directors, the City Administrator of Washington, DC, the Director of the District Department of Transportation, the Executive Director of the Federal Transit Administration, and as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Mortimer L. Downey, First Vice Chair, joined the Board in January 2010 as the first member appointed by the federal government. Mr. Downey served as the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1993 to 2001 and as an Assistant Secretary of Transportation from 1977 to 1981. In 2008, he led the Obama transition agency review team for transportation. In all these periods, he was involved in issues affecting Metro. From 1981 to 1993, he was an officer of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, serving for several years as its Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer. Since 2001, he has been a transportation consultant, working on a wide variety of institutional, financial, and organizational issues for public and private clients both foreign and domestic. He holds a B.A. in political science from Yale University, a master's degree in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He has received numerous transportation awards, including one of the three lifetime achievement awards ever granted by the American Public Transportation Association. He is a resident of Oakton, VA.
Alvin J. Nichols, Second Vice Chair, joined the Metro Board in March 2011 as Principal Director, representing Prince George's County and the state of Maryland. He is the founder and Principal of NICHOLS Creative Development, a professional services firm providing real estate development and community development advice for both the public and private sectors. Prior to launching his company, Mr. Nichols served 14 years in multiple management capacities at Fannie Mae, including: Chief of Staff for the Community Investments Group, Director of Corporate Real Estate, and Director of the Washington Partnership Office/Partnership Initiatives, where as "loaned executive" to Howard University he led the corporation's LeDroit Park Revitalization Partnership with the University. Before joining Fannie Mae, his career included Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Business Development for Prince George's County, which included oversight of Public Works and Transportation; Vice President for Management Operations for real estate development firm Horning Brothers; and City Manager for the city of Takoma Park. Before joining the Metro Board, Mr. Nichols served on the Maryland Port Commission and the Maryland Transportation Authority, and also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America Chesapeake.
Mr. Nichols received his undergraduate degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, and a master's degree in Public Administration from American University in Washington, DC.
Catherine Hudgins, joined the Metro Board in January 2004 as an Alternate Director. She was appointed as Principal Director in 2008 representing Fairfax County, VA and served as Chair in both 2011 and 2012. Mrs. Hudgins was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in November 1999 and is currently serving her third term. She is Chairperson of the Fairfax County Board's Human Services and Housing and Community Development Committees. Mrs. Hudgins is a member of the Transportation Planning Board, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Human Services Policy Committee. In 2010, she served as Chairman of Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and is a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. Additionally, Mrs. Hudgins is the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Association of Counties. She was previously a member of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master's of Public Administration from George Mason University.
Muriel Bowser joined the Metro Board in July 2011 as a Principal Director for the District of Columbia. She has represented the citizens of Ward 4 on the DC Council since 2007, where she chairs the Committee on Economic Development in addition to serving on the Finance & Revenue, Government Operations, and Judiciary Committees.
Councilmember Bowser worked in local and regional government for nearly a decade prior to being elected to the Council. She oversaw a downtown transportation management district where she was responsible for ensuring that balanced transportation options were available to residents, workers, and visitors. Councilmember Bowser also worked with over 10 local jurisdictions throughout the region to promote transportation alternatives at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). This participation in downtown revitalization and transportation planning helped transform communities and left her well prepared for her role as chair of the COG's Transportation Planning Board in 2011.
Councilmember Bowser, a native Washingtonian, earned a B.A. in History from Chatham College and a master's degree in Public Policy from American University. She first began her service in DC elective office as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for her Riggs Park neighborhood, and continues to be an active member of Lamond Riggs Citizens Association.
Marcel C. Acosta joined the Metro Board in January 2010 as an Alternate Director representing the federal government, and was designated a Principal Director for the federal government in November 2010. He has more than 25 years of experience in urban and transportation planning. Mr. Acosta is the Executive Director of the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the federal government's central planning agency for the National Capital Region. Prior to joining NCPC in 2001, Mr. Acosta served as senior vice president of planning and development for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the nation's second largest public transportation system. As CTA's chief planner, he developed new capital programs and oversaw successful initiatives that increased ridership and reduced operating costs for the city's bus and rail systems. Prior to his role at CTA, he served as deputy commissioner at the Chicago Department of Planning and Development. Mr. Acosta received a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a 2001 Loeb Fellow of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
Michael Goldman was appointed to the Metro Board of Directors as a Principal Director, representing the State of Maryland, in June 2013. Mr. Goldman has practiced in the areas of international, antitrust, and transportation law since 1972. Mr. Goldman is currently an active member of the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association sections on antitrust and administrative law, and the Forum on Air & Space Law. Mr. Goldman holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Temple University. He has been a named partner with Silverberg, Goldman & Bikoff since 1992.
Mr. Goldman represents U.S. airports and U.S. and foreign airlines in regulatory matters before the DOT, FAA, and DHS; antitrust/competition law issues before DOJ and DOT; international civil aviation negotiations between the U.S. and foreign countries; aviation-related legislative matters before the Congress; and litigation in state and federal courts.
James Dyke joined the Metro Board in January 2012 as a Principal Director representing the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Dyke is a Partner in the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP. His broad practice covers corporate, legislative, education, governmental relations, and municipal law. He previously served as Virginia's Secretary of Education under former Virginia governor L. Douglas Wilder, and as Domestic Policy Advisor to former vice president Walter Mondale.
He is an active leader in the Northern Virginia business community having served as chairman of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the Northern Virginia Business Roundtable; chairman of the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation; and chairman of the Emerging Business Forum, an organization focused on enhancing minority and women entrepreneurs' access to capital. He was elected Chairman of the Greater Washington Board of Trade for 2010. During his term, he was Co-Chair of the Joint WMATA Governance Review Task Force. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Washington Gas Holding where he serves on the Governance Committee.
He has served or is serving on various commissions and committees including the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the Commission to Restructure Virginia's Tax Structure, the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Commission on Economic Development and Job Creation (VA), the Governor's Independent Bipartisan Advisory Commission on Redistricting (VA), and as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia. He is a frequent speaker on educational, political, and legal issues.
Artis Hampshire-Cowan joined the Metro Board in May 2011 as Alternate Director from Prince George's County, MD. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Howard University and has held numerous appointments by the Governor of Maryland and Prince George's County Executives. She is a former Commissioner of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC). Ms. Hampshire-Cowan earned a Business Management degree from Morris Brown College and a J.D. from Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia, PA.
After graduation, she served as Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Upon moving to Washington, DC she worked with the government of the District of Columbia, holding such positions as Congressional lobbyist; Chief of the Office of Compliance at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; Historic Preservation Development Expert; and Senior Advisor/Attorney Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and City Administrator. She is also the former General Counsel of the DC Stadium Authority where she led negotiations to build the new Redskins Stadium.
Mary Hynes was appointed by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission to the Metro Board in January 2011 as a Principal Director representing Arlington, VA. She currently serves as a Virginia Alternate Member representing Arlington. She was elected to the Arlington County Board in November 2007 and was Chair of the Board in 2012. Previously, Ms. Hynes served on the Arlington School Board from 1995 to 2006. She serves as Chair of The Region Forward Coalition and is a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). She is also actively involved in the Virginia Municipal League (VML), serving as a member of the VML Executive Committee. For the fifth year she continues as an Arlington representative on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.
Tom Bulger, was appointed to the Metro Board in July 2011 as an Alternate Director for the District of Columbia. He is President of Government Relations Inc, and has been a federal advocate and policy consultant who represents private and public clients before the Congress and the Administration. After spending the first few years of his career in the Office of Management and Budget in Fairfax County, VA, Mr. Bulger was an environmental policy director and legislative representative at the National Association of Counties. During this period he worked to secure federal programs and funding that helped the nation's counties. Of particular interest were environmental initiatives affecting the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, and federal transportation legislation.
As the Director of Policy and Legislation at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Tolling Authority for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, he was instrumental in modifying the Federal Transit Urban Formula program in 1982. He has also had extensive involvement with the Federal New Starts program, federal housing programs, the creation of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program, and the 1990 Clean Air Act and federal project funding strategies.
Mr. Bulger had the honor of serving as policy advisor to the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission created by SAFETEA-LU. This Commission is considered the most important commission to be formed since the Clay Commission in the 1950s that created the federal highway system. This Congressional Commission was tasked with plotting a course for the federal transportation system for the next 50 years. He is an undergrad and grad school alumnus of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He is married to Diana K. Bulger.
Matthew Brown was appointed to the Metro Board in July 2014 as an Alternate Director of the District of Columbia, where he currently serves as Interim Director for the District Department of Transportation. In this position, Mr. Brown’s focus includes advancing large-scale projects like the DC Streetcar initiative, the South Capitol Street Corridor Project (which includes the replacement of the Frederick Douglass Bridge), the Power Line Undergrounding Program and continuing to improve the District’s multi-modal transit options by expanding the DC Circulator system and the city’s bike lane network. He is also responsible for improvements to the District’s transportation system, including roads, alleys and sidewalks.
Before joining DDOT as the Deputy Director for Resource Allocation, Mr. Brown served as the Managing Director of WMATA’s Office of Management and Budget Services and as a project manager with Public Financial Management. He has also overseen public budgetary and finance issues in New York City and Milwaukee. Mr. Brown holds an M.P.A. in Budget and Public Finance from George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University.
Anthony R. Giancola, P.E. joined the Metro Board in February 2007 as Alternate Director representing the District of Columbia, and was designated an Alternate Director for the federal government in April 2011. From 1993 to 2011, Mr. Giancola served as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Engineers. Previously, Mr. Giancola served in the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring from active duty in 1987. He has served as Public Works Director for the City of Takoma Park, MD and Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department in Frederick County, MD. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering and a Master's of Public Works Engineering and Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia.
Kathy Porter joined the Metro Board in January 2011 as Alternate Director from Montgomery County, MD. She was mayor of the City of Takoma Park, MD, from 1997 to 2007 and served on the Takoma Park City Council from 1991 to 1997. Ms. Porter represented Takoma Park on the Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board for nearly 15 years, serving as chair of the board in 2000. From 2003 to 2006, she chaired the Transportation Planning Board's Access for All Committee, charged with bringing representatives from disadvantaged groups into the transportation planning process. From 2006 to 2007, she chaired the Board's Human Service Transportation Coordination Committee. Ms. Porter holds a Master's of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and an A.B. from Radcliffe College.
William D. Euille joined the Metro Board in July 2000 as Alternate Director representing the City of Alexandria, VA. Mr. Euille is currently the Mayor of Alexandria, and he has served on the Alexandria City Council since May 1994. Mr. Euille is Founder/President/CEO of William D. Euille & Associates, Inc, a construction services/consulting company. In addition to serving on the Metro Board, he is Past President of the Virginia Transit Authority, Past Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, and Vice Chair of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.