GU Law scores big on Gray transition team

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Mayor-elect Vincent Gray to introduces his transition team.
Mayor-elect Vincent Gray to introduces his transition team.

At least three of D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's transition team are graduates of and/or teach at Georgetown University Law Center. Gray announced his transition team and put them to work as his "chief advisers" 12 hours after his election as Mayor and well ahead of his Jan. 2 inauguration, reports the Washington Business Journal.

D.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Lang and former George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg will head Gray's economic development committee. Trachtenberg is now Chairman of the Education Specialty Practice at executive search powerhouse Korn/Ferry International. 

Former Mayor Anthony Williams, Director of the State and Municipal Practice at Arent Fox, and Alice Rivlin, once head of the control board and an undisputed guru on District finances, will head Gray's budget and fiscal team.

Lorraine Green, Gray's campaign chair,

The controversial Reuben Charles glances at the camera at the press conference (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) The controversial Reuben Charles glances at the camera at the press conference
will chair the transition effort while Reuben Charles, a Gray confidante who is relatively unknown in District circles, will run its day-to-day operation. Washington City Paper's Loose Lips reported that Charles owes over $235,000 in back taxes in Illinois.

Education: Michael Lomax, president of the United Negro College Fund, and Katherine Bradley, the philathropist president of the CityBridge Foundation (officed at the Watergate), who is married to David Bradley -- a native Washingtonian and graduate of Sidwell Friends and Georgetown University Law School who now owns the Atlantic Media Company, the parent of National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly.

Government operations: Constance Berry Newman, a Republican and former director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Legal affairs and public safety: Karl Racine, managing partner at Venable LLP, and Robert Spagnoletti, partner at Schertler & Onorato LLP and the first D.C. attorney general. Spagnoletti is also a graduate, summa cum laude, of Georgetown University Law center.

John Parham, director of schools programs with the College Success Foundation, and Alexander Chi, a technology consultant.

Government operations and transportation: Thomas Downs, former Amtrak CEO and current chairman of the North American Board of Veolia Transportation, and Cellerino Bernardino, vice president of development with the Fort Lincoln New Town Corp.

Peter Edelman, a Georgetown University law professor, and Maria Gomez, CEO of Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care will head health and human services. Edelman was President Clinton's Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.