Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 07, 2011


ANNAPOLIS, MD (March 7, 2011) – Governor Martin O'Malley and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III announced today nominations to the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), to represent Prince George’s County.

Governor O’Malley announced the nomination of Alvin Nichols to fill the seat of Elizabeth Hewlett, whose term has been completed. County Executive Baker announced the nomination of Artis Hampshire-Cowan, to fill the vacancy of the alternate board member for Prince George’s County.

“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.”

“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.”

Alvin Nichols will be stepping down from his current role as Maryland Port Commissioner to serve on the WMATA Board. Mr. Nichols is formerly the Chief of Staff for the Community Investments Group of Fannie Mae's Housing and Community Development Division. Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Mr. Nichols served as Prince George's County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Business Development under then-County Executive Parris Glendening, which included oversight of the Department of Public Works and Transportation. Mr. Nichols has also served as Vice President for Management Operations at Horning Brothers and City Administrator of Takoma Park. Mr. Nichols holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from The American University and a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Case Western Reserve University.

A resident of Mitchellville in Prince George’s County, Ms. Hampshire-Cowan is currently Senior Vice President and Secretary at Howard University, where she serves as corporate secretary of the university and manages the affairs of the Board of Trustees. She is 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 as a Congressional lobbyist, attorney-advisor, and consumer and regulatory enforcement administrator. She is active in the community and previously served as a commissioner for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Ms. Hampshire-Cowan graduated with honors from Morris Brown College with a degree in Business Management, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Both Governor O’Malley and County Executive Baker expressed their gratitude to Elizabeth Hewlett, for her service on the board. “She helped WMATA work through a difficult time, while keeping focus on the tremendous opportunities for TOD in Prince George’s County,” said Governor O’Malley.

Elizabeth Hewlett praised both nominations. “I have been honored to serve on the Board of Directors and thank Governor O’Malley for the opportunity to serve. Prince George’s County is going to be well represented at WMATA by this new team. Both Alvin and Artis will be a great team.”

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