Board of Directors Biographies
Clarence C. Crawford, First Vice Chair, was appointed to the WMATA Board as a Principal Director in April 2018. He is currently Senior Vice President for Corporate Solutions for the Addx Corporation where he helps his clients develop and execute transformative strategies needed in this fast-paced, ever-evolving Federal environment. Clarence is founder and president of the Teach 'em to Fish Community Development Corporation that helps transform disadvantaged people into entrepreneurs. Clarence is also an adjunct professor at the American University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program where he teaches Federal budgeting, ethical leadership, and enterprise risk management (ERM).
Clarence is a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award recipient. He earned his MPA in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from the American University and he has taken classes at the Capital Bible Seminary.
Paul C. Smedberg, Second Vice Chair, joined the WMATA Board as an Alternate Director in January of 2016 representing the Commonwealth of VA. He was first elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2003, was re-elected for a fifth term in November 2015.
A member of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board since 2005, he currently serves as its Vice-Chairman after having served as Chair in 2013. Professionally he is Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs at the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 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.
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.
Christian Dorsey 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.
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.
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.