(Washington, DC) Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced one appointee and three nominees to two independent authorities. Warner H. Session and Shirley Robinson Hall were nominated to serve on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, and Lorraine Green and Allen Lew to the Washington Convention and Sports Authority.
The Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, an independent body created by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia, has been approved by the US Congress to operate and maintain Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. The Authority is overseen by a 123 member Board of Directors of which 3 are appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia, two by the governor of Maryland, five by the governor of Virginia and three by the president of the United States.
The Authority is a public body, corporate and politic and is independent of all other bodies. It is not an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia or the District of Columbia, nor is it a federal agency.
Warner Session and Shirley Hall, who must be confirmed by the DC Council, have extensive professional backgrounds and have outstanding community service. Warner Session is an attorney who has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and consulting in airport and aviation matters. His background includes general counsel positions with the Atlanta, New Orleans and St. Louis airports. He is a resident of Ward 1, and will be replacing Leonard Manning, whose term expired on January 5, for a term to end January 5, 2017.
Shirley Hall (who is not related to Mayor Gray’s chief of staff, Gerri Mason Hall) is a board member of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, under which she has served as an official observer of presidential elections in Ghana, Nigeria, and Palestine. She also was the United States’ public delegate to the United Nations’ 52nd General Assembly. She has been a congressional staffer and a consultant specializing in the field of development, and she chaired the board of the former Washington Convention Center and its pension board. She lives in Ward 4.
Mayor Gray also announced the appointment of City Administrator Allen Lew and the nomination of Lorraine Green to the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, an umbrella organization with the strategic vision of bringing economic and community benefits to Washington, DC through the attraction and promotion of conventions, trade shows as well as hospitality, athletic, entertainment and cultural events.
The Authority, which is overseen by an 11-member board of directors, owns and manages the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy generating over $400 million annually in total economic impact for the city; the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the DC Armory and the surrounding Festival Grounds; and is the owner of Nationals Park.
Both Lew and Green are well known public servants and have backgrounds in the convention and sports industries. One of Allen Lew’s many previous jobs as a public servant was as the managing director of the Washington Convention Center Authority where he oversaw planning, development and construction of the facility. He is a resident of Ward 6.
Lorraine Green, also a Ward 6 resident, is a corporate executive with more than 25 years of private-sector and government experience in the areas of financial management, procurement, contracting and personnel. She also chaired Mayor Gray’s council and mayoral campaigns and served as chairperson of his transition team.
Green must be confirmed by the DC Council. Lew was appointed by executive order, and does not require confirmation.