McAuliffe Appoints Lazaro to MWAA Board

As the Silver Line extends into Loudoun, the county’s influence on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority may be growing.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced the appointment of former Purcellville Mayor Robert Lazaro as a Virginia representative on the board that oversees Dulles and Reagan National airports, the Dulles Toll Road and the Silver Line construction project. Lazaro is acting executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

The governor also appointed David G. Speck, a former delegate and Alexandria City Council member, to a MWAA seat.

The authority is governed by a 17-member board, with seven members appointed by the governor of Virginia, four by the mayor of Washington, DC, three by the governor of Maryland and three by the U.S. president.

Other Virginia representatives are former Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin; former Fairfax County Chairman Katherine K. Hanley; Ceren D. Merrick, the founder and CEO of Pocket Mentor; attorney William E. Sudow; and former Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada.

Board terms are for six years, with a maximum service of two terms. Lazaro’s term runs through December 2022.

Lazaro learned of his appointment Tuesday and attended his first meeting Wednesday.

“The commonwealth had an online application system, so I just applied,” Lazaro said. “I’m honored to have been appointed by the government and appreciate the confidence he’s shown in me.”

“MWAA is an incredibly important asset to the metropolitan region—economically and transportation-wise,” he said. “I want to be an effective member of the board, to the best of my ability to make sure it’s a success.”

While he has interest in serving on the board’s strategic planning and finance committees, Lazaro said he wants to meet with Chairman William Shaw McDermott to determine where he can be most useful.

Ashburn resident Lynn Chapman served on the MWAA board from October 2012 until March when he moved out of the area.

One thought on “McAuliffe Appoints Lazaro to MWAA Board

  • 2016-12-19 at 4:43 pm

    I hope Mr. Lazaro understands he is joining one of most dysfunctional, corrupt and non-accountable quasi-public entities in the USA. The MWAA spends money with little regard for value (ex: a $1.5 billion train at IAD that only goes to three concourses), raises prices without regard to costs: (ex. daily parking fees at IAD and DCA $25/day and rising), is fiscally incompetent (ex. they are broke yet enjoy some of the lowest financing rates in the world) and has no concept of what it takes to actually run an international airport. (Ex. per passenger costs are within a few cents of the highest in the nation, thus passenger counts are falling and its not possible to new carriers) Add to these dubious achievements an outdated Terminal C/D at Dulles (a “temporary ” building that was supposed to be replaced decades ago) and you have an ineffective organization that exists only because they are accountable to no one.

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