City-Council Chairman-elect Kwame Brown has announced the transition team that will be instrumental in analyzing procedures and implementing recommendations concerning the governing body’s operations after he assumes office on Jan. 2.
The formal launching of the seven-member team took place Nov. 8 during a press conference held at the John A. Wilson Building. Members include Irma Esparza Diggs, chief of staff to Brown, who currently serves as an at-large councilman; Jeffrey Humber, a former chairman of the board for the Washington Convention Center Authority and Natalie Ludaway, a partner with the Leftwich & Ludaway law firm.
“The transition team will help ensure that the Council can best address the profound fiscal challenges before us as well as expand opportunities for employment and quality education for all District residents,” Brown said. “I’m confident that the Transition Team will provide me with a comprehensive analysis of current practices and make concrete recommendations to improve Council operations.”
The team will undergo a thorough review of the legislative branch’s operations and provide Brown with an evaluation of current practices, as well as recommendations for improvements, efficiencies and possible realignment. It will be led by Gregory McCarthy, who served from 1999 to 2006 as director of policy and evaluation and deputy chief of staff under former Mayor Anthony Williams.
Other members of Brown’s power team include Neil Rodgers, who currently directs the office of the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation; Walter Smith, executive director of DC Appleseed, who has agreed to lead a review of the operations of the Office of the DC Auditor; and Rod Woodson, a partner at the law firm, Holland & Knight.