Gray nominates friend and others to convention center, airport boards
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated friend and confidant Lorraine Green to be a member of the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, the independent agency that owns the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Nationals Park and RFK Stadium.
Gray also nominated city administrator Allen Y. Lew, who formerly oversaw the construction and renovation of the facilities, to join the 11-member board.
When Gray was council chairman, he and other council members criticized then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for nominating friends, fellow athletes and fraternity brothers to boards and commissions. Some were rejected for being unqualified.
Green was chairman of Gray's campaign and his transition team, which he noted during a news conference when he announced the nomination Tuesday.
In an interview, Gray said Green, an executive at Amtrak who worked in the Clinton administration, is "eminently qualified."
He said he will weigh experience as he fills vacancies on boards and commissions in the coming months. "They're not people who are my running buddies. They are highly qualified in what they do," he said.
For the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority, Gray nominated attorney Warner Session, who specializes in airport matters, and Shirley Hall, a board member of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.
Session has a long list of clients and former clients that do business with airports, including Smart Carte. But Session said he would recuse himself if a conflict of interest arises.
Nikita R Stewart
| February 8, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
Categories: Nikita Stewart, Vincent C. Gray, transportation, vincent gray | Tags: Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Vince Gray; Vincent Gray; Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; Lorraine Green; Allen Lew; Shirley Hall; Warren Session
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