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.
Christian Dorsey joined the WMATA Board as an Alternate Director in January of 2016 and was appointed a Principal Director in June of 2018. He was elected to the Arlington County Board in 2015 and is serving as Chair in 2019. Mr. Dorsey also serves as one of three Arlington commissioners on The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). Christian has represented Arlington on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) since 2016 and is currently serving as Vice Chair. In 2018, Mr. Dorsey served as Arlington’s Member on the Transportation Planning Board (TPB).
Outside of public service, Mr. Dorsey engages as a policy and communications consultant supporting progressive organizations in realizing their missions. Prior to joining the Board, Christian was a senior leader at the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank that promotes economic policies that foster broadly shared prosperity. Throughout his career, Mr. Dorsey has been committed to improving the Arlington community. He had the privilege of serving as executive director of The Reading Connection, promoting literacy development for children facing housing insecurity. He also led the Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation, which provided essential community services and jump-started a moderate-income housing development in the Nauck neighborhood.
Equally rewarding have been the many opportunities that Christian has had to serve our Arlington community as a volunteer, which have included serving on the boards of directors of the Arlington Free Clinic, A-SPAN, Leadership Center for Excellence, and Arlington Independent Media, and serving on County Board advisory commissions (Tenant-Landlord, chairman; Planning, member).
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.
Matt Letourneau joined the WMATA Board in January of 2019 and serves as an alternate for the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC). 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.
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.