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Howard SVP, Secretary Named to Metro Board

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2011) – Governor Martin O'Malley and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III nominate Artis Hampshire-Cowan, senior vice president and secretary, to the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

On Monday, March 7, County Executive Baker announced the nomination of Artis Hampshire-Cowan, to fill the vacancy of the alternate board member for Prince George’s County. Governor O'Malley also announced the nomination of Alvin Nichols.

“I am pleased to work with County Executive Baker to put forward a strong team at WMATA, representing Prince George’s County,” said Governor O'Malley.  “Alvin and Artis bring a wide range of public sector experiences, including public administration, finance, community revitalization and transportation.”

Baker also lauded the contributions Hampshire-Cowan and Nichols bring to the regional transportation board.

“Metro is critical to Prince George’s County. Alvin and Artis are the right team to ensure we have a safe, reliable transit system that supports our economic development goals,” said County Executive Baker. “The county, state and WMATA need to work hand-in-hand to advance these goals, particularly Transit Oriented Development.”

A resident of Mitchellville in Prince George’s County, Hampshire-Cowan is currently senior vice president and secretary at Howard University, where she serves as secretary of the University and manages the affairs of the Board of Trustees.  She is also leading the effort to expand and develop the University’s North Research Campus in Beltsville, Md.  Earlier in her career, she worked in the District of Columbia Government in several positions, including: Congressional lobbyist, attorney-advisor, consumer and regulatory enforcement administrator and general counsel of RFK Stadium and lead negotiator for the new Redskin Stadium.

She subsequently served as special counsel to County Executive Wayne Curry in the successful relocation of the Redskins to Prince George's County. She is active in the community including service as Governor Glendening's appointee as Chairperson of the Prince George’s Public School Management Oversight Panel and former president of the Community Foundation of Prince Georges. She also previously served as a commissioner for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Hampshire-Cowan is a regional leader having served as president of Greater Leadership Washington and as a board member on numerous regional organizations including: Washington Board of Trade, DC Chamber, Girl Scouts, VPP and Teach For America. She graduated with honors from Morris Brown College with a degree in Business Management, and earned a juris doctorate from Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia.

Hampshire-Cowan’s nomination will be submitted to the Prince George's County Council for confirmation. Mr. Nichols’ nomination will be submitted to the Maryland Senate for confirmation. 

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