Board of Directors Biographies
Paul C. Smedberg, was elected Chairman of the Board in June 2019. He first joined the WMATA Board as an Alternate Director in January of 2016 representing the City of Alexandria and was appointed Principal Director in January 2019 representing the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served on Alexandria City Council from 2003 to 2018, the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board from 2006 to 2018, serving as Chairman in 2013 and 2017, and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) from 2006 to 2018, serving as Chairman in 2014 and 2018. Professionally, he has served as a government affairs officer for numerous professional associations in the medical field. Mr. Smedberg earned degrees in economics and history from Allegheny College and is a Fellow, Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
Stephanie Gidigbi was appointed to the Board in December 2019 as First Vice Chair representing the District of Columbia. She champions public policy solutions that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits for communities. As Director of Policy & Partnerships for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Healthy People, Thriving Communities Program, Gidigbi serves as part of the senior leadership team for the Resilient Communities division and Federal Climate Management Team. Stephanie previously served as a political appointee in the Obama Administration. She advanced the administration’s economic opportunity agenda as the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Transportation under Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Prior to working for President Obama, Stephanie served as Chief of Staff for the City of Orange in New Jersey. She oversaw the Office of the Mayor and strengthened intergovernmental relationships with community stakeholders, business leaders and elected officials. Stephanie coordinated the City’s housing and economic development strategy to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and reclaim community assets due to the foreclosure crisis.
Gidigbi brings over a decade of international, federal, state, and local government experience in working with elected and community leaders. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kean University and a master’s degree from Seton Hall University. She lives in the Congress Heights Neighborhood in Washington, DC and attends New Solid Christian Ministry in Landover Hills, Maryland.
Michael Goldman was elected Second Vice Chair in June 2019. He first joined 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.
Matt Letourneau joined the WMATA Board in January of 2019 as an Alternate Director, and was appointed a Principal Director representing the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) in March 2019. He was elected to represent the Dulles District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. Supervisor Letourneau serves as Chairman of the Board's Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee, which oversees county services, finances, and economic development efforts. He represents Loudoun on NVTC and currently serves as Chairman of the Commission. He previously served as Vice Chairman in 2018 and as secretary-treasurer in 2017 and was the first Loudoun Supervisor to serve as an officer of NVTC. In 2018, he served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, after serving as Vice Chairman in 2016 and 2017 and Corporate President in 2014.
Supervisor Letourneau is originally from central Massachusetts. He was a cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. In his professional capacity, he works for the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington, and was a senior aide in the United States Senate.
Gregory Slater was appointed to the WMATA Board of Directors as a Principal Director representing the State of Maryland in January of 2020. Mr. Slater began serving as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in of December 2019 after more than two decades of public service. Mr. Slater's 22 years of experience at the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) have been defined by dedication, performance-driven transportation, and collaborative and creative problem-solving. His career growth includes nearly a decade as the MDOT SHA Director of Planning where he developed a keen understanding of the transportation system’s and MDOT’s critical role in the safety, accessibility, mobility, economic vitality and quality of life for all Marylanders.
Mr. Slater leads a transportation department with more than 10,000 employees and an operating budget of nearly $5.4 billion. He oversees every aspect of state transportation, from its highways, roadways, transit systems/services and toll facilities to motor vehicles, the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore. Mr. Slater is a lifelong Marylander, a 1997 graduate of Towson University and leads many committees and efforts to strengthen the industry within the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Canek Aguirre was appointed to WMATA Board of Directors in March 2020. He was appointed to the NVTC in January 2019 and is currently serving as vice-chair in 2020
Mr. Aguirre was elected in November 2018 to serve a three-year term on the Alexandria City Council. He is the first Latino elected to the City Council. Prior to his election, Mr. Aguirre served in leadership roles on numerous boards and commissions. He is a past chair of the Economic Opportunities Commission, past president of the Tenants and Workers United (TWU) Board of Directors, and past vice-chairman of the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia (HSANV) Board of Directors. He also served on the Leadership Council for the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP) and the Steering Committee for the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria (PHA). In 2016, Mr. Aguirre was appointed to the Virginia Board of Social Work by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
He co-founded a parent group for Spanish-speaking families at George Washington Middle School and helped launch a citywide family and community engagement program. As a community advocate, he has fought to increase affordable housing in the city, improve equity in our schools, and built coalitions to promote government transparency and accountability. In his professional capacity, he works with underserved communities throughout Northern Virginia to increase access to care and improve health outcomes. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.
Devin Rouse was appointed to the Board in December 2018 as an Alternate Director representing the federal government. Mr. Rouse is the Director of the Passenger Rail Division within the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Railroad Safety. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia, and holds a Master’s degree in Civil and Transportation Engineering, and a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Mr. Rouse has extensive experience in rail transportation engineering, construction, and operation.
Prior to joining FRA, Mr. Rouse served in numerous roles for Bechtel Corporation in the design, engineering, and construction of railway infrastructure, and began his railroad career at Norfolk Southern’s Roanoke Locomotive Shops.
Walter L. Alcorn was appointed to the Board in January 2020 as an alternate Director representing Fairfax County when he began his first term as the Hunter Mill District Supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Walter’s focus is on transit-oriented development, pedestrian/bicyclist mobility and safety, affordable housing and diversifying the local economy. Previously, Walter served on the county’s Planning Commission for 16 years and also served on the Park Authority Board. Professionally, he has worked on environmental issues in the tech industry and is a nationally-recognized expert on electronics recycling systems.
Walter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and resides in Reston with his family.
Jeff Marootian was appointed to the Board in September 2017 as an Alternate Director at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). Mr. Marootian joins DDOT from the US Department of Transportation, where he served under Transportation Sec Anthony Foxx from 2013 to 2017. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the White House Liaison from 2013 to 2015 where he worked alongside the heads of the federal regulatory agencies to promote President Obama's transportation agenda. In 2015, Mr. Marootian was promoted to serve as the Department's Assistant Secretary for Administration. In that capacity, he oversaw the management functions of the 55,000-employee agency including human resources, facilities, procurement, and security.
Mr. Marootian has both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration from George Washington University and has lived in the District of Columbia for 20 years.
Thomas H. Graham was appointed to the Metro Board of Directors in May 2019. Mr. Graham has served as Vice President of People Strategy and Human Resources at Pepco Holdings Inc., a regional energy holding company that provides utility service to more than two million customers, since August 2013.
Mr. Graham currently serves on the board of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (Immediate Past Chair) and Maryland Chamber of Commerce (Immediate Past Chair). Mr. Graham is also on the boards for Heroes, Inc., Excellence in Education Foundation for Prince George’s County School System, Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, Mid-Atlantic Plan Sponsors and Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation.
Anthony E. Costa joined the Metro Board in July 2014 as an Alternate Director representing the federal government. He is currently Associate Executive Director for Real Property and Planning for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Mr. Costa is leading VA efforts to ensure the agency's real estate assets support the provision of services to our nation's veterans.
Previously, Mr. Costa was a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration. Mr. Costa is led GSA's efforts to direct real estate activities to encourage the provision of environments where communities, and employees, can live, work and thrive. Mr. Costa was GSA's Chief Human Capital Officer and led the agency-wide development and implementation of GSA's human capital strategic plan. He has extensive leadership and management experience, having served in various senior executive leadership positions within GSA's Public Building Service; including serving as its Acting Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Regional Commissioner for the National Capital Region. Mr. Costa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Bucknell University and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received several honors for outstanding performance, including the Walter Washington District Champion Award, presented by Leadership Greater Washington in 2008. Mr. Costa was also the recipient of Presidential Rank Awards in 2002 for Meritorious Executive and in 2004 for Distinguished Executive.