Daniel Patrick Moynihan - Honorary Chairman
United States Senate
United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, once again demonstrating his help to community economic development, became the Honorary Chairman of the Great American Station Foundation in 1997.
In 1981, Senator Moynihan was active as a leader passing the legislation to save Washington, D.C.'s Union Station and helped it to become a true intermodal center with intercity rail lines, metro rail service, taxis, buses, and private cars.
In addition to serving as the ranking minority member of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Moynihan is the second-ranking minority member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works and serves on the Committee on Rules and Administration.
Senator Moynihan understands the plight of America's railway stations. In his foreword written for Great American Railroad Stations, Senator Moynihan noted that the "long era of building the Interstate Highway System was over·- and the time had come for integrating transport systems."
Jeffrey Boothe - Treasurer
Partner, Holland & Knight, LLP
Jeffrey Boothe, a partner in the law firm of Hollard & Knight, LLP is an experienced advocate on behalf of transit authorities and cities.
Mr. Boothe chairs the New Starts Working Group, a coalition of transit authorities, Amtrak, cities and private sector entities that advocate for funding for mass transit rail projects.
A graduate of Stanford University and George Mason Law School, Mr. Boothe is an organizing Board member of the Great American Station Foundation.
David Burwell - President & CEO
Surface Transportation Policy Project
David Burwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Surface Transportation Policy Project, a national coalition of groups who believe that transportation policy and investment should serve the needs of people and communities. David Burwell was the co-Founder and President of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a non-profit membership organization devoted to the conversion of abandoned rail corridors to public trail use. Rails-to-Trails has more than 75,000 members and state chapters in Washington, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Florida. Mr. Burwell was also active in the creation of the Great American Station Foundation.
Mr. Burwell has authored several books and articles on transportation law and policy. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and his B.A. degree from Dartmouth University.
Hank Dittmar - President & CEO
Great American Station Foundation
See bio under Staff page
State Historic Preservation Officer
Elmo L. Baca, a native New Mexican and 20-year veteran of historic preservation, community revitalization and development in the state, is director of the State Historic Preservation Division for the state of New Mexico.
Mr. Baca grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He earned his B.A. in architecture from Yale and took graduate classes in historic preservation at Columbia University and in architecture at the University of New Mexico. Upon his return to Las Vegas, he began to see the importance of his home town's historic buildings and became concerned about their state of disrepair. The City of Las Vegas has the distinction of possessing over 900 buildings on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. He helped found the Citizen's Committee for Historic Preservation and has been involved for 25 years in revitalizing the Las Vegas historic districts. He was a general manager for La Plaza Vieja Partnership, Inc., a $2.5 million project in Las Vegas that rehabilitated 15 historic buildings during the mid-1980s.
His professional experience includes a 1989-1993 term as director of the Gallup Downtown Development Group. While there he assisted in the rehabilitation of the historic El Morro Theatre and the Santa Fe Railroad Depot. Baca served a five-year term with the New Mexico Economic Development Department where he was Coordinator of Community Development during 1999 and Director of the New Mexico Main Street Program 1994-1998. Baca currently represents New Mexico on the Board of Advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Elmo Baca recently was awarded a Skaggs Foundation Fellowship in Historic Preservation at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
Thomas M. Downs - Professor & Executive Director
The National Center for Smart Growth
The University of Maryland
Thomas M. Downs is the former Executive Vice President and CEO of the 197,000-member National Association of Home Builders. He brings years of experience in both transportation and urban policy to the Great American Station Foundation, which he served as its first Chairman.
As the former Chairman, President and CEO of Amtrak, Mr. Downs created a vision for the company and established a set of corporate values on which to build a new Amtrak that would be customer-driven, competitive, and ready to meet the country's travel needs into the next century. He led the organization from near insolvency to a $2 billion capital investment fund, insuring its future viability.
Prior to joining Amtrak, Mr. Downs served as Commissioner of Transportation for the state of New Jersey, and as president of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority in New York City. As City Administrator for the District of Columbia in the 1980s, Mr. Downs presided over the renovation of Union Station.
Mr. Downs is a graduate of Rockhurst College and holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Master's of Political Science degree from the University of Missouri.
David D. King - Deputy Secretary
North Carolina DOT
David King is Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. An official of the department since 1973, Mr. King is responsible for the Highway, Rail, Public Transportation, Aviation, Ferry, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Divisions.
Under Mr. King's direction, the Rail Division launched the North Carolina Station Improvement Program. Using ISTEA transportation enhancement funds, North Carolina focused first on active passenger stations with historic significance and rehabilitated stations. Even though Federal funding is not available for new stations, North Carolina's DOT has since expanded its station program to improve conditions for rail passengers at new stations.
Mr. King received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Craig R. Lentzsch - President & CEO
Greyhound Lines, Inc.
Craig Lentzsch is a 20-year veteran in the bus transportation industry and is currently the President and CEO of Greyhound, Lines Inc. Mr. Lentzsch was formerly the chief financial officer for Motor Coach Industries, the largest U.S. manufacturer of intercity coaches and buses.
Before Mr. Lentzsch's first tenure with Greyhound, he co-founded BusLease, Inc. which owned and leased buses to charter/tour operators and Greyhound. The company was merged with Greyhound in 1987 when Lentzsch and other investors acquired Greyhound from Dial Corporation.
Mr. Lentzsch served on the Board of Directors of Amarillo Texas-based Hastings Entertainment, Inc. and Dallas-based Enginetech, Inc., an international importer and distributor of automotive engine parts that he co-founded in 1982. He is a director and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Bus Association and he is a director of the Intermodal Transportation Institute.
Mr. Lentzsch is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Richard Moe - Vice Chairman of the Board
President, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Richard Moe is the President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving community heritage and encouraging the development of livable communities. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Great American Station Foundation's Board.
In 1977, Mr. Moe became chief-of-staff to Vice President Walter Mondale. Mr. Moe is a member of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and a member of the Board of Directors of the Civil War Trust.
Among other publications, Mr. Moe has authored the Last Full Measure: the Life and Death of the First Minnesota Volunteers.
Mr. Moe has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, and an undergraduate degree from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
Shelley Poticha - Executive Director
Congress for the New Urbanism
Shelley Poticha has been the Executive Director of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) since July 1997. CNU is a nonprofit membership organization made up of professionals, elected officials, and community activists who share a belief that compact, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use neighborhoods are the best building blocks for vibrant communities. During her tenure, Ms. Poticha has guided CNU's growth into a nationwide coalition with a prominent voice in national debates on urban revitalization, growth policy, and sprawl. She has also forged alliances with major land development interests, environmental and community organizations, and federal agencies.
Before joining CNU, Ms. Poticha was a planner and consultant for 17 years, working with urban and suburban communities, regional agencies, nonprofit groups, community activists, and developers. She has been a senior associate with Calthorpe Associates, a Berkeley-based consulting firm, and the San Francisco Bay Area representative for the Surface Transportation Policy Project.
She has co-authored several significant HUD publications and The Next American Metropolis, with Peter Calthorpe. She holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Janette Sadik-Khan - Senior Vice President
Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.
Janette Sadik-Khan is Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a firm which provides multidisciplinary planning, engineering and construction management services worldwide. Ms. Sadik-Khan is executive assistant to the president and CEO of the firm, and she is responsible for a variety of senior-level policy matters, serving as senior management's liaison to the board of directors.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Sadik-Khan was deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) where she was responsible for administration of federal assistance to the nation's transit agencies, providing oversight for a $4 billion capital construction program. She previously served as the Mayor's Transportation Advisor in New York City and as counsel to the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation. She is a graduate of Occidental College and the Columbia University School of Law.
Recently selected as a Rockefeller Fellow, Ms. Sadik-Khan is a visiting scholar at New York University's Wagner School and serves on several research panels under the National Academy of Science. She is a Board member of the Women's Transportation Seminar and serves on the Legislative and Rules committees of the American Public Transit Association.
John Robert Smith - Chairman of the Board
Mayor, Meridian, Mississippi
John Robert Smith is the Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, and a long-time activist on behalf of passenger rail.
Mayor Smith is co-chairman of the National Forum on the Future of Passenger Rail and a member of the transportation committees of the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
In addition to being the Chairman of the Great American Station Foundation Board of Directors, Mayor Smith is a member of Amtrak's Board. He is a veteran of the station-centered, community development movement. Mayor Smith led the drive to renovate the city of Meridian's Union Station, a $7 million historic restoration project that created a new multimodal transportation center. The Meridian project dramatically increased use of the station, raised property values and city tax receipts, and lowered crime in the station's neighborhood.
Mayor Smith received B.S. degrees in pharmacy, biology and chemistry from the University of Mississipi.
George D. Warrington - President
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Mr. Warrington is the President of Amtrak and is responsible for the nation's intercity passenger rail carrier which serves more than 500 destinations in 44 states.
Before his appointment as President and CEO of Amtrak, Mr. Warrington served as President of the corporation's Northeast Corridor Strategic Business Unit, which operates Amtrak and commuter rail between Richmond, Virginia, and Boston, Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Amtrak in 1994, Mr. Warrington served as Executive Director of the Delaware River Port Authority and Port Authority Transit Corporation as well as Deputy Commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Transportation.
Other past positions include Vice President and General Manager of New Jersey Transit Rail Operations; Deputy Executive Director/Chief of Staff of New Jersey Transit Corporate Operations; and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Mr. Warrington attended Syracuse University where he received his undergraduate degree and Master's of Public Administration degree.