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About NVTC and WMATA

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NVTC enjoys a special relationship with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), as it is charged with the funding and stewardship of Metro. Founded in 1964, in part to represent the interests of the Commonwealth during the creation of Metrorail, NVTC continues to serve as Virginia’s voice on the WMATA Board of Directors through its appointments to the panel. The WMATA board — established through an interstate compact between Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — determines agency policy and provides oversight for funding, operations, and the expansion of transit facilities.

NVTC manages state and federal assistance to Metro, conducts Northern Virginia’s regional transit preparedness program, and engages in regional transportation planning, data analysis, and reporting. The Commission also manages WMATA funding on behalf of our jurisdictions, ensures that funds are spent in compliance with state and federal law, and promotes safe, reliable and cost-effective service.

NVTC and WMATA Board Member Appointments

NVTC is empowered through the Code of Virginia (§ 33.2-1907.B.) to make appointments to the WMATA Board of Directors. NVTC appoints two Principal Directors and two Alternate Directors to the WMATA board.  Board members serve a term of four years with a maximum of two consecutive terms. One of the appointments must include the Transportation Secretary of Virginia or their designee as a Principal Director. 

Jim Corcoran

Jim Corcoran

In February, 2015 Governor McAuliffe appointed Jim Corcoran as the representative to NVTC and the WMATA Board.  Since April, 2010, Jim Corcoran has served as President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Corcoran earned his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and his BS in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Principal Director, Term expires 1/9/2018

Christian Dorsey

Christian Dorsey

Christian Dorsey was elected to the Arlington County Board in November 2015 and was appointed an NVTC Commissioner in January 2016.  Christian represents Arlington on the boards of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Mr. Dorsey is a senior leader at the Economic Policy Institute, a think tank that promotes economic policies that foster broadly shared prosperity.

Alternate Director for Jim Corcoran, Term expires 1/9/2019

Catherine Hudgins

Catherine Hudgins

Catherine Hudgins (Cathy) was elected to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1999. Supervisor Hudgins serves on several other regional and state boards, which include the WMATA Board (since 2004), the Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of Counties, and member and former 2007 chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. She holds a MPA degree from George Mason University and a BS degree in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Principal Director, Term expires 1/5/2021

Paul Smedberg

Paul Smedberg

Paul Smedberg was first elected to the Alexandria City Council in 2003. He was named the to the WMATA Board of Directors in January 2016. He is also a member of the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) Operations Board since 2005. Professionally he is Director of Advocacy & Government Affairs at the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Mr. Smedberg earned degrees in economics and history from Allegheny College and is a Fellow, Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Alternate Director for Cathy Hudgins, Term expires 1/2/2020

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