NIAC Members Roster
President and CEO, The Baylis Group, LLC
Jack Baylis is the President and CEO at the Baylis Group, LLC. The Baylis Group serves Public and Private Sector Clients in the Infrastructure and Environmental Fields providing Strategic, Management, and Technical Consultation.
Previously, Mr. Baylis served as the Executive Director and Senior Vice President managing the US Western Region for the CB&I, E&I Division (mostly while at the CB&I acquired legacy Shaw Group); Mr. Baylis managed the Region's operations, p&l, sales, and marketing, and over 250 technical, management, and support staff. Under his leadership, and support from National Sales teams, Mr. Baylis increased revenue in the first year and, more importantly, through a focused effort, increased pre-tax profits by almost 24%. He was subsequently asked to additionally manage the firm's NYC operations, managing CM leadership working at over a half dozen construction sites; Mr. Baylis left the firm managing a portfolio over 120M. Additionally, Mr. Baylis was the JV Chairman and helped turn around performance for NYDEP, overseeing a CM team providing construction oversight and startup services to over 2B in construction.
Mr. Baylis served as an AECOM Global Water Executive Vice President at AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM). In his position, Mr. Baylis was responsible for leading the global water major cities initiative and working closely with the global water executive team and regional leadership on srategic investments and business development for major pursuits. At AECOM, Mr. Baylis served as the JV Chairman of a Program Team assisting the SFMTA with a 1.4B+ Subway Project, served as an Executive Sponsor on a Program Team assisting the SFPUC with their 4.6B+ Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), and served as the JV Chairman on a Program Management team that was selected to assist the SFPUC with their 6.9B Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP).
Reporting to the Office of the CEO, Baylis was a strategic account manager for CH2M Hill clients in the Los Angeles area and he was the Business Unit Manager for the Southwest Transportation Business, responsible for a 35M/year p&l, operations, business development, and over 140 staff. He was a principal, project director, project manager, and technical advisor for numerous water and wastewater programs and projects including serving as the Project Director for the mulit-year PM City of Los Angeles Integrated Wastewater Program.
Mr. Baylis has excelled in management, operations, business development, and client service roles; he has achieved success as a principal, director and manager of numerous environmental, civil infrastructure, water and transportation programs and projects; he is experienced with p&l responsibilities, technical review, program management, and staff development; he has served on joint venture boards specifically focused on strategic and larger programs and projects with construction values over a billion (US) dollars.
He has also served on community, non-profit, and government service boards and commissions including as a Governor appointee to the California State Fish & Game Commission and is a Presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).
Mr. Baylis holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis.
David J. Bronczek
President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Express
Mr. David J. Bronczek is President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company. He assumed his current position in February 2000 after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer of the company. He also serves on the Strategic Management Committee of FedEx Corporation. Mr. Bronczek joined FedEx in 1976 and held positions in operations and sales before being named a managing director of operations in 1983. Mr. Bronczek moved into international operations in 1987 when he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager for Canada. In March 1993, he was named Senior Vice President of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Under his leadership, FedEx Express expanded service and strengthened its core network in the region, while EMEA contributed to a profitable international business.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Mr. Bronczek graduated from Kent State University. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association; and effective June 2010 is serving as Chairman for IATA; Board member, Air Transport Association (ATA); a member of the Board of Directors for International Paper; Vice Chairman for the Board of Visitors of the University of Memphis; a member of the Board of Governors for National Safe Kids Campaign and has recently served on the Honors Advisory Board for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a member of Memphis Tomorrow.
Albert J. Edmonds
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edmonds Enterprise Services
Chief Executive Officer, Logistics Applications, Inc.
Lieutenant General Albert J. "Al" Edmonds, USAF, Retired, serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Edmonds Enterprise Services, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Logistics Applications, Inc. General Edmonds retired as President of U.S. Government Accounts for Electronic Data Systems' Operations Solutions business line in 2004.General Edmonds was Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) when he retired from the Air Force. He also served as manager of National Communications Systems (NCS) and directed the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC).
General Edmonds earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Morris Brown College and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Hampton University. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air War College and completed the National Security Program at Harvard University. In 1990, General Edmonds received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Morris Brown College.
Gilbert G. Gallegos
Chief of Police (Retired), City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
The city of Albuquerque, New Mexico appointed Mr. Gilbert G. Gallegos Police Chief on December 1, 2001. He retired March 30, 2005. Prior to this appointment, he served as Region I Drug Enforcement Coordinator, responsible for coordinating drug enforcement efforts in cooperation with Federal, State, and local agencies in New Mexico.
Mr. Gallegos brings over 40 years of progressive responsibility in law enforcement, beginning with the Albuquerque Police Department in December 1964. Mr. Gallegos is a native of Albuquerque.
Glenn S. Gerstell
Managing Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy LLP
Mr. Gerstell heads Milbank's global communications practice and has been active in the firm's international infrastructure financing group for more than 30 years, having participated in the development of airports, toll roads, power plants, submarine communications cables and telecommunications systems around the world. A partner since 1985, he previously served as Managing Partner in the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices.
From 2001 to 2007, by appointment of the Mayor of the District of Columbia, Mr. Gerstell served two terms as the chair of the board of directors of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, the federally-chartered water utility for the national capital region. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for several years at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He holds a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School.
David J. Grain
Founder and Managing Partner, Grain Management
David J. Grain is the Founder and Managing Partner of Grain Management, LLC, a private equity firm that invests in the telecommunications sector, primarily focused on Federal and state government wireless systems. Prior to forming Grain Management, Mr. Grain served as President of Global Signal (formerly NYSE listed GSL). Prior to forming Grain Management, Mr. Grain served as President of Global Signal Inc. (formerly NYSE listed GSL). Mr. Grain led Global Signal from bankruptcy through its successful operational turnaround. In June 2004 Global Signal was listed on the New York Stock Exchange through an Initial Public Offering. Mr. Grain grew Global Signal into one of the largest independent wireless communications tower companies in North America with a leading presence in the Southeastern United States. In January 2007 Crown Castle International (NYSE - CCI) acquired Global Signal for $5.7 billion.
Mr. Grain served as Senior Vice President of AT&T Broadband’ s New England Region, the third-largest cable television cluster in the United States. During his tenure at AT&T, Mr. Grain was selected by the Boston Business Journal as one of Boston’s Top 40 Leaders under 40 years old. In May of 2002, Mr. Grain also received one of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Awards(TOYL) from the Boston Jaycees. Among his many civic activities while in New England, Mr. Grain was named by the Treasurer of Massachusetts to the State’s Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board overseeing the State’s $40 billion employee pension fund. Mr. Grain was subsequently named to the PRIM Investment Committee where he served as Chairman.
Prior to leading AT&T Broadband’ s New England Region, Mr. Grain spent more than a decade in the financial services industry and was an Executive Director in the High Yield Finance Department at Morgan Stanley in New York where he focused primarily on telecommunications, media and technology companies.
He currently serves as Chairman of the oversight committee of the State of Florida’s pension assets, the Investment Advisory Council for the Florida State Board of Administration.
Mr. Grain holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross where he is on the Board of Trustees and an M.B.A. from The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College where he has previously served on the M.B.A. Advisory Board.
Margaret E. Grayson
President, MTN Government Services
Ms. Grayson has focused much of her career on finance, policy, regulatory compliance and risk management of technology companies and Federal, State, local and tribal government entities. She began her career with Honeywell Aerospace and Defense in 1980 as Manager of General Accounting.
Expanding her work in the field of finance and accounting for technology innovation companies, she joined Spacelab, Inc. in the mid 90's. Spacelab was formed as a public-private partnership. Sponsored by NASA, the International Space Station, contributing nations, and private sector investors, it functioned as a proof of concept for enabling government and private sector pharmaceutical and research organizations to perform microgravity research projects on board the space shuttle and the international space station.
She joined V-ONE Corporation in 1999 and became President, CEO, and Director of V-One Corporation in 2000. V-One Corporation was a pioneer in the design and development of application layer security software products for Federal, State, local and tribal governments as well as commercial entities. In her role as President and CEO, she worked closely with certain Federal agencies in the requirements and design of security products and developed significant expertise in cyber security, data integrity, and information sharing in wired, wireless, and satellite networks and design of secure data transport architectures.
In 2002, Ms. Grayson was invited to join the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, serving at the request of the President. She is an expert in cyber security and information sharing and has participated in several comprehensive studies designed to provide the President, through the Secretary of Homeland Security, with advice on the security of the critical infrastructure sectors and their information systems.
Ms. Grayson also serves on the board of directors for public and private companies and is on the Dean's Council and Advisory Board of the School of Business at the State University of New York in Buffalo.
Philip G. Heasley
President and Chief Executive Officer, ACI Worldwide
Mr. Heasley was named President and CEO of Transaction Systems Architects in March 2005. He is a 36-year veteran of payment systems and financial services. Before joining the company, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paypower LLC. From 2000 to 2003, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First USA Bank, the credit card subsidiary of Bank One.
Prior to joining First USA, Mr. Heasley spent 13 years in executive positions at U.S. Bancorp, including six years as Vice Chairman and the last two years as President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining U.S. Bancorp, Mr. Heasley spent 13 years at Citicorp, including three years as President and COO of Diners Club, Inc.
Mr. Heasley served as Chairman of the Board of Visa USA from 1996 until November 2003 and was a member of the Board of Visa International during the same period. Mr. Heasley also serves or has served as a director of Lender Processing Services, Official Payments Holdings, Inc. (formerly known as Tier Technologies Inc.). The Schwan Food Company, Inc., and Public Radio International.
Mr. Heasley holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marist College and a Masters of Business Administration from Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business.
Raymond W. Kelly
Police Commissioner, City of New York
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly as Police Commissioner of the City of New York in 2002. He previously served as Commissioner from 1992 to 1994. Commissioner Kelly formerly served as Senior Managing Director for Global Corporate Security at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. Before that, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service. From 1996 to 1998, Commissioner Kelly was the Under Secretary for Enforcement at the U.S. Treasury Department. Commissioner Kelly spent 31 years in the New York City Police Department, serving in 25 different commands before being named Police Commissioner in 1992.
Commissioner Kelly is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War and retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves after 30 years of service. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Manhattan College, a Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, a Master of Law degree from the New York University Graduate School of Law, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
David E. Kepler
Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Information Officer, Business Services and Executive Vice President, The Dow Chemical Company
D. E. (Dave) Kepler is executive vice president, business services, chief sustainability officer (CSO), and chief information officer (CIO) for The Dow Chemical Company. He has oversight responsibilities for Dow's Canadian region. In his Business Services leadership capacity, Kepler has global responsibility for Information Systems; Business Process Services; Purchasing; Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S) and the Dow Services Business.
As CSO, Kepler is responsible for guiding the sustainable business development of the company and is charged with leading the company's commitment to set the Standard for Sustainability, including achieving the company's aggressive 2015 Sustainability Goals. He chairs Dow's Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability External Advisory Council (SEAC), an organization formed to provide an outside-in perspective on sustainability to Dow.
Mr. Kepler is a member of the board of directors of the Teradata Corporation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of Dorinco Reinsurance Company and Liana Limited, both Dow affiliated companies. He is appointed to the U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council that advises the President on the protection of critical infrastructure and homeland security issues. Kepler serves as a trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. At Dow’s headquarters in Midland, Michigan, he continues to be active in the United Way of Midland County and currently chairs the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Donald R. Knauss
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company
Donald R. "Don" Knauss joined The Clorox Company as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in October 2006. As CEO, he has overall responsibility for directing the company's worldwide business, which generated revenues of $5.5 billion in fiscal year 2012.
Prior to joining Clorox, Knauss spent 12 years with The Coca-Cola Company. He joined the company in 1994 as senior vice president of marketing for The Minute Maid Company, and, in 1996, was promoted to senior vice president and general manager for Minute Maid's U.S. retail operations. Beginning in 1998, Knauss served nearly two years managing Coca-Cola's businesses in ten countries of Southern Africa. In 2000, he was named president and chief executive officer of The Minute Maid Company. He became president and chief operating officer of Coca-Cola North America in 2004.
Knauss previously held a variety of positions in marketing and sales with the Frito-Lay and Tropicana divisions of PepsiCo, Inc. He began his business career as a brand manager in the paper products division at Procter & Gamble. Prior to that, he served as an officer of the United States Marine Corps. Knauss sits on the boards of directors for Kellogg Company and URS Corporation.
Knauss has a long-standing commitment to promoting workplace equality and embracing diversity. In 2006, he received The Jackie Robinson Foundation's ROBIE Award for industry achievement. The ROBIE Award is the foundation's highest tribute to an individual who has promoted and expanded opportunities for minorities in the corporate world.
A native of Highland, Ind., Knauss holds a bachelor's degree in history from Indiana University. One of Knauss’ personal passions is promoting education, which includes serving on the Morehouse College (Atlanta) board of trustees and the Marine Corps University Foundation board of trustees. In 2007, Don and his wife Ellie launched, and continue to personally fund, the Knauss Scholars Program. This annual program provides 15 children of Clorox employees as much as $10,000 each — $2,500 per year for a four-year program — to be applied toward accredited colleges and universities, as well as vocational and technical schools.
Constance H. Lau
President and Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI)
Constance H. Lau currently serves as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer for Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI). She also serves as Chairman of the Board of its two principal subsidiaries, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the electric utility which serves 95% of the state of Hawaii, and American Savings Bank (ASB), Hawaii's third largest bank.
Over her 28 years with HEI, Ms. Lau has held many director and officer positions with the HEI companies, including President and Chief Executive Officer of American Savings Bank from 2001 to 2006. Ms. Lau serves as a board member of Matson, Inc., Associated Electrical & Gas Insurance Services, Ltd., Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, and represents community banks, thrifts and credit unions in Hawaii and Guam on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Twelfth District Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. She is also a trustee or director of Punahou School, the Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation.
Ms. Lau holds a B.S. from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of California's Hastings College of Law and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
James B. Nicholson
President and Chief Executive Officer, PVS Chemicals, Inc.
Mr. James B. Nicholson serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of PVS Chemicals, Inc., a privately held chemical manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Before joining PVS in 1972, Mr. Nicholson held positions with First National Bank of Chicago in London, England and Dublin, Ireland.
Mr. Nicholson also serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Amerisure Companies. Additionally, he is a member of the Boards at DTE Energy. He is the former chairman of LaSalle Bank Midwest, N.A. and the Handleman Company.
Mr. Nicholson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Thomas E. Noonan
Chairman, President, and CEO, JouleX, Inc.
Tom Noonan is Chairman and CEO of JouleX, an innovative energy management company that that is pioneering a new approach to energy conservation across the IT infrastructure. He is also a founding partner of TechOperators LLC, a technology investment firm comprised of partners who are proven operators. Noonan is the former Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc., which was recently acquired by IBM. Under Noonan’s leadership, ISS revenue soared from startup in 1995 to nearly $400 million dollars in its first decade.
Noonan holds a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a business degree from Harvard University. He serves on the White House National Infrastructure Advisory Council and the board of directors for Woodruff Arts Center, Georgia Tech Foundation, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also an active philanthropist through the work of the Thomas E. Noonan Family foundation which supports education, environmental and healthcare causes locally and nationally.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, News Distribution Network, Inc.
Greg Peters is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of News Distribution Network, Inc. (NDN). NDN's centralized, multimediaserving platform enables the broad distribution of news, business, finance, entertainment and sports content for the online newspaper, magazine and radio markets. NDN's platform eliminates significant infrastructure and operating costs while enabling revenue growth. NDN’s partners include Reuters, CBS, ABC, ESPN, Bloomberg, Comcast (E! Entertainment), TV Guide, Westwood One, Hearst, Tribune, Cox, Gatehouse Media, Weather Channel, Meredith, U.S. News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Philadelphia Enquirer, Cumulus Media, Travel Channel, Advance Internet, Chicago Sun-Times Group, and others. Mr.
Peters brings 23 years of experience in the technology community and international business expertise to his latest venture. Mr. Peters was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a White House Committee, in 2004. The NIAC advises the President on national security issues related to cyber security and protection of our national infrastructure. The NIAC works closely with the Department of Homeland Security and White House security and intelligence advisors. Mr. Peters' appointment continues under President Barack Obama, as he serves at the discretion of the sitting President.
Mr. Peters served as the President, CEO, and Board Member of Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP) from 2002 to 2005. In this role he directed a restructuring effort, which resulted in achieving positive cash flow, sustained annual revenue growth, a 22x market cap increase, a doubling of customers and a tripling of gross margins. Previously, Mr. Peters was Founder, President, CEO and Board Member of Mahi Networks where he built and managed the company from inception to market delivery. In the 1990s, Mr. Peters was Vice President of International Operations for Advanced Fibre Communications (NASDAQ: TLAB)) and Adtran (NASDAQ: ADTN), where he led global expansion to over 40 countries.
For nearly a decade, he held increasingly senior positions at AT&T Network Systems, the last being Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Peters conducted business for AT&T in over 60 countries and was responsible for directing the telecommunications recovery and reconstruction efforts in the Persian Gulf Region during and after the Gulf War. To date, Mr. Peters has conducted business in 84 countries.
Mr. Peters has served on the alumni board of the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, the Technology Association of Georgia Board, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board, and the Advisory Board of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce as well as the boards of several growth stage companies.
Mr. Peters earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Georgia and a Master of Business Administration in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus, in Glendale, Arizona. Mr. Peters has continued his educational efforts in executive programs at Harvard, Stanford and Columbia Universities.
Mr. Peters has lectured on International Business, Technology, & Entrepreneurship at Thunderbird and Sonoma State University and is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Georgia Terry School of Business MBA program and various undergraduate programs. Mr. Peters also mentors development stage companies at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech.
James A. Reid
President, Eastern Division, CBRE, Inc.
Jim Reid is President of CBRE’s U.S. Eastern Division, with oversight of all geographies and lines of business operating within this area. The Eastern Division includes over 40 offices in key markets such as Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Philadelphia, Tri-State (New York, Connecticut and New Jersey) and Washington, DC. The Division represents one of CBRE’s largest operating divisions with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion.
In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Reid was Chairman, EMEA Division, for CBRE’s operations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. At the time, the EMEA Division was an approximate $170 million business with 1200 employees located in 21 countries with services including property sales and leasing, property management, corporate services, valuation, investment management, research and consulting.
From 1998 through 2000, Mr. Reid was Executive Managing Director, Investment Properties for the EMEA Division. In this capacity, Mr. Reid directed an organization of approximately 60 investment acquisition and sales professionals. This team completed approximately $5 billion in investment transactions in 2000.
From 1993 through 1997, Mr. Reid was Senior Vice President and Regional Manager-Investment Properties for the northeastern United States (including the key markets of New York, Boston and Washington DC). Earlier in his career, Mr. Reid held leadership and production positions at Cushman & Wakefield, Jones Lang Wootton and Charles E Smith Companies, a major Washington, DC area developer and owner.
Mr. Reid received his Bachelor of Science – Commerce from the University of Virginia and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Mr. Bruce Rohde serves as Chairman of Romar Capital Group and is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of ConAgra Foods, Inc. He became ConAgra Foods' President and Vice Chairman in 1996. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 1997 and Chairman in 1998. He retired as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for ConAgra in October 2005 and became the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus.
Mr. Rohde is a member of the Board of Directors of H&R Block, where he serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee; he is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Creighton University. Mr. Rohde also serves on the Board of Preventive Medicine Research Institute, and is a member of Harvard's Private and Public, Scientific, Academic, and Consumer Food Policy Committee (PAPSAC). He is past Chairman of the Board of the Strategic Air and Space Museum and a past member of the STRATCOM Consultation Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of GMA
(Grocery Manufacturers of America) and has served on the boards of multiple public companies and charitable institutions.
Mr. Rohde received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Creighton University and earned a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Creighton School of Law. He also holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate, is a commercial pilot, and a retired Captain of the U.S.A.R.
Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D.
General Manager, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), MassDOT Rail &
On December 17, 2012, Beverly A. Scott, Ph.D. was appointed Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator. Dr. Scott is responsible for managing the MBTA and overseeing the Commonwealth's 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT's freight and passenger rail program.
Prior to coming to the MBTA Dr. Scott served as Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). She was appointed to head MARTA in 2007 by the MARTA Board of Directors–the first female executive to hold this position.
Dr. Scott is renowned throughout the U.S. and North American transit industry for her visionary leadership, results-driven management style; and progressive approach to labor-management relations. Among her most notable industry contributions is her pivotal leadership role in the critical areas of strategic human resources planning, workforce development and employee training. Most recently, Scott was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her long record of exemplary leadership and service in the transit industry.
In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a panel of experts including top business executives, leading academics and local government officials who report to the White House through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with a responsibility for making policy recommendations to protect and preserve the physical assets that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security. In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice-Chair.
Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, and includes executive/senior leadership positions with some of the nation’s largest public transit systems. Prior to her MBTA and MARTA appointments, she served as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SRTD). Prior to that, she served as the General Manager of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems in the United States.
Dr. Scott’s rise into the top tier of public transit management began in 1977, when she was chosen through national competition as one of four Carnegie-Houston Foundation Fellowship recipients. Her fellowship assignment was with the City of Houston's Office of Public Transportation. Two years later, she was named Director of Affirmative Action for the newly created Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority.
She has held senior-level positions at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA), and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). She currently serves on the national Boards of Reconnecting America, Rail-Volution (Vice Chair), the Transportation Learning Center (a national labor-management consortium), Americans for Transit, and on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science.
Dr. Scott has received recognition for her outstanding leadership and service in the field of public transportation. She has received awards from the U.S. Department of Transportation; the American Public Transportation Association; the American Society of Public Administrators; the National Business League; the Women’s Transportation Seminar; the Rhode Island Professional Engineers Society; the Sierra Club; the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials; the National Forum for Black Public Administrators; the Urban League and City Year.
Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration, from Howard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa).
Michael J. Wallace
Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS),
Director, Nuclear Energy Program
Mr. Michael J. Wallace retired in April, 2011 as Vice Chairman and COO of Constellation Energy and Chairman of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group, which includes nuclear generation of 3,869 megawatts, three sites, and five units in two states. In addition, in his capacity as COO, Mr. Wallace had direct responsibility for several different business groups including the wholly owned subsidiary, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), and the company security organization; moreover, he had responsibility for a number of corporate wide operational activities from 2008 until retirement. He joined Constellation Energy in January, 2002 as President of Constellation Generation Group, with more than 20 power plants in 12 states from Hawaii to Florida, with technologies which included power sourced by geothermal, solar, coal, nuclear, biomass, hydro, and more; his team constructed and operated, bought and sold such plants.
Prior to joining Constellation Energy Group, Mr. Wallace was Managing Director of Barrington Energy Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm specializing in energy industry transactions and advisory services. He co-founded the firm in 1998 and has advised energy company executives on mergers and acquisitions, transaction financing, and market and investment opportunities.
Before joining Barrington Energy, Mr. Wallace had more than 25 years of senior executive and utility operations experience. From 1993 to 1999, he was Senior Vice President with Unicom/ComEd of Illinois, a $7 billion utility serving 3.4 million customers. He was also ComEd's Chief Nuclear Officer, responsible for the operation of the company's 12 nuclear generating units at six power plant sites.
Mr. Wallace began with Unicom/ComEd in 1974 as a principal engineer, managing various responsibilities associated with the design, procurement, and construction of power plants. He became Plant Manager in 1979, then Executive and Manager in 1982, and Vice President in 1990. In his tenure he had responsibility for the completion of the Braidwood and Byron Nuclear Stations of Commonwealth Edison during the period of 1982 to 1988.
Mr. Wallace has a Bachelor's in Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, with a specialization in finance. He also served as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force.
In recent years he held positions as Chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute's (NEI) Security Working Group (overseeing security for all 104 U.S. nuclear power plants), Chairman of the Nuclear Sector Coordinating Council under the Department of Homeland Security's National Infrastructure Protection Plan. He also served as Chairman of the Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security (PCIS), Member of NEI's New Plant Oversight Steering Committee, Director of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL), Chairman of UniStar Nuclear Energy, and Chairman of CENG (a partnership with EdF for the operation of 5 nuclear power plants).
Mr. Wallace is engaged, on a pro bono basis, in two broad based areas: nuclear energy, and critical infrastructure security. He continues to serve as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), which advises the President of the United States on matters related to Homeland Security; he was first appointed in 2008. Mr. Wallace also actively supports critical infrastructure security for the electricity and nuclear industries, through various "public-private partnership" development initiatives; he serves as vice chair of the Joint Electric Executive Committee, comprised of 22 CEO level executives from across the electricity and nuclear energy industry. Since June, 2011, Mr. Wallace has served as a Senior Advisor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), leading the U.S. Nuclear Energy Project, and co-chairman of the Commission on Nuclear Energy Policy in the U.S.; that effort has evolved into the "CSIS Nuclear Energy Program", for which Mr. Wallace is Director. Further, he supports related nuclear energy activities with the U.S. DOE (Department of Energy). He is also a member of the U.S. Naval Historical Foundation Advisory Council.
Mr. Wallace is an advisor to CEO's and Chairman of two separate corporations, and serves with the Board of one of those companies; both companies have globally significant nuclear energy commercial operations.
Mr. Wallace, and his wife Victoria, reside in Annapolis, Maryland.
Senior Vice President-Operations, Southwest Airlines Corporation
Greg oversees the Ground Operations Department, including Cargo Management and Airport Performance Improvement; the Inflight & Provisioning Department; the Flight Dispatch Department; the Operations Coordination Center; Central Pubs; and on time Performance Initiatives.
Mr. Wells has been with Southwest Airlines for over 25 years and has a broad background of operational experience. He has held the positions of Vice President of Safety, Security, and Flight Dispatch; Vice President of Ground Operations; and Sr. Vice President of Ground Operations.
Greg also sits on the Southwest Airlines Executive Planning and Senior Management Committees, the Airlines Operations Committee, and is the company’s Emergency Director.