Virginia Port Authority (VPA) Board of Commissioners
Section 62.1-129 of the Code of Virginia provides in relevant part (Amended 2017 General Assembly Session):
The Board shall consist of the State Treasurer, the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and eleven members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The terms of members of the Board of Commissioners appointed or reappointed by the Governor on or after January 1, 1981, shall be for five years. Any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term….No member appointed by the Governor shall be eligible to serve more than two successive terms. A person appointed to fill a vacancy may be appointed to serve two additional terms.
Jennifer D. Aument was appointed by Governor McDonnell on July 15, 2011, having served a five-year term from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016. Ms. Aument was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve an additional five-year term from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. Ms. Aument is Group General Manager North America for Transurban, a leading international infrastructure investor and toll-road operator with long-term interests in Australia and the United States. She played a key role in the development of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, and in her previous role as vice president of public affairs managed all government relations, communications and marketing activities in the US market. Ms. Aument is a member of the VPA Board’s Executive Committee and Growth and Operations Committee.
(Captain) J. William (Bill) Cofer was appointed to the VPA Board by Governor McAuliffe to serve a five-year term beginning July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. Captain Cofer is President of the Virginia Pilots Association and has been an active member of the maritime community for many years. Among Captain Cofer’s numerous business and community affiliations, he served as president and chairman of the board of the Virginia Maritime Association, served as chairman of several VMA committees, and was awarded the Virginia Maritime 2013 Distinguished Service Award. Captain Cofer is a member of the Board’s Growth and Operations Committee.
Alan A. Diamonstein was appointed by Governor McAuliffe, having served an unexpired term from April 17, 2014 until June 30, 2017. Mr. Diamonstein was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2022. He is the Board’s Newport News/Hampton representative. Mr. Diamonstein is a senior partner with the law firm of Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein (PWHD) and heads PWHD Consulting, an affiliate group with the law firm. His practice areas are project finance, economic development law; and real estate ventures. Mr. Diamonstein also served in the Virginia House of Delegates for more than 30 years, having served as chairman of key legislative committees and as a budget conferee on the Appropriations Committee. Mr. Diamonstein chairs the VPA Board’s Growth and Operations Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Manju S. Ganeriwala was appointed Virginia State Treasurer by Governor Kaine in January 2009, reappointed in July 2010 by Governor McDonnell, and reappointed in January 2014 by Governor McAuliffe. As Treasurer, she oversees the investment of over $9 billion in public funds; management of over $15 billion in debt; issuance of bonds; provision of banking services; and administration of the state’s insurance and unclaimed property programs. Ms. Ganeriwala serves as the President of the National Association of State Treasurers. She also serves as the Chairwoman of the Treasury Board, and is a member of ten other state boards including, the Virginia College Savings Plan, Virginia Housing Development Authority, Virginia Port Authority, and the Virginia Resources Authority. Ms. Ganeriwala is a member of the VPA Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
John G. Milliken was appointed by Governor McAuliffe, having served an unexpired term from April 17, 2014 until June 30, 2017. Mr. Milliken was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2022. He served previously as Chairman of the VPA Board from 2002 to 2011. In January 2015, he retired from the law firm of Venable LLP, in Tysons Corner, and now serves as Senior Fellow in Residence at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University. Mr. Milliken also served as Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990-1993. Mr. Milliken has served as Chairman of the VPA Board since his initial appointment to the position on May 27, 2014.
Val S. McWhorter was appointed by Governor McAuliffe, having served an unexpired term beginning April 17, 2014, until June 30, 2017. Mr. McWhorter was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2022. Mr. McWhorter is a founding partner in the Tysons Corner, Virginia, law firm of Smith, Pachter, McWhorter, P.L.C., a 30-lawyer firm that specializes in construction and government contract law with a national and international client base. Mr. McWhorter serves on the VPA Board’s Growth and Operations Committee.
Stephen M. Moret is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and in this capacity is a permanent (voting) member of the VPA Board. Prior to joining VEDP in January 2017, Mr. Moret was President and CEO of the Louisiana State University Foundation in Baton Rouge. Mr. Moret also served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development (LED) from 2008 through early 2015; he transformed LED into one of America’s top state economic development agencies. Mr. Moret was appointed to serve on the VPA Board’s Growth and Operations Committee.
(Dr.) Faith B. Power was appointed by Governor McAuliffe on June 20, 2014, to serve an unexpired term effective May 21, 2014 through June 30, 2016. Dr. Power was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve an additional five-year term from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. Dr. Power is an entrepreneur, having started and run several companies. Most recently she was the CEO of Ambriel Technologies, a technology research and development firm. She is also an organizational consultant and professor teaching in the areas of leadership, cultural change, organizational structure and behavior, entrepreneurship and business management. Dr. Power represents the Virginia Inland Port in accordance with board composition outlined in Virginia Code §62.1-129. Dr. Power is vice chair of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
John N. Pullen was appointed on July 15, 2011, by Governor McDonnell, to serve an unexpired term on the VPA Board beginning July 22, 2011 through June 30, 2014. On May 27, 2014, Mr. Pullen was appointed Vice Chairman of the VPA Board and on June 27, 2014, he was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe to serve a five-year term from July 1, 2014 until June 30, 2019. Mr. Pullen is Chief Growth Officer of Luck Companies, in Richmond, and is a member of the company’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible for balancing the portfolio of the company to deliver financial results, growing the company’s geographic footprint and identifying global trends that have relevancy to the future of the business. Mr. Pullen continues to serve as Vice Chairman of the Board and is on the Executive Committee.
Kim Scheeler was appointed to the VPA Board by Governor McDonnell on January 3, 2014, having served an unexpired term from August 19, 2013 through June 30, 2016. Mr. Scheeler was reappointed to an additional five-year term by Governor McAuliffe, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021. Mr. Scheeler took the post of President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Chamber (now ChamberRVA) in August 2008, having relocated from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. In Tampa, Mr. Scheeler worked closely with the airport and seaport to expand international business and led several trade missions to Mexico and to Panama to explore opportunities created by the expansion of the canal. Mr. Scheeler represents The Port of Richmond in accordance with board composition outlined in Virginia Code §62.1-129. He is a member of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Louisa M. Strayhorn was appointed by Governor McAuliffe on August 11, 2017, to serve a five-year term on the VPA Board effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022. She is the Norfolk/Virginia Beach representative on the Board. Ms. Strayhorn is CEO of LSA Consulting USA LLC, based in Virginia Beach, and specializes in organizational development and strategic communications. Ms. Strayhorn was the first African-American woman on the Virginia Beach school board and city council and also served as director of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance under Governor Kaine. Ms. Strayhorn is a member of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Deborah C. Waters was appointed by Governor McAuliffe on July 18, 2014, to serve a five-year term effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019. Ms. Waters, of Waters Law Firm, P.C., located in downtown Norfolk, is an Attorney at Law; Proctor in Admiralty. Her practice is focused on maritime civil litigation, including a sub-practice of other personal injury law, and represents clients in all types of maritime claims, including Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, maintenance and cure, limitation of liability, general maritime law, as well as labor and employment law and other injury claims. Ms. Waters litigates in federal court nationally and Virginia state courts. She is a member of the VPA Board’s Growth and Operations Committee.
Blair Wimbush was appointed by Governor McAuliffe on April 3, 2015, having served an unexpired term from January 13, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Mr. Wimbush was reappointed by Governor McAuliffe to an additional five-year term from July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2021. He is the Board’s Portsmouth/Chesapeake representative. In April 2013, Mr. Wimbush retired from Norfolk Southern Corporation after 35 years of service. In the latest position he held at Norfolk Southern as Vice President, Real Estate and Corporate Sustainability Officer, Mr. Wimbush lead a key real estate business unit with responsibility for sales and leasing revenues, property and facilities management, and property acquisitions to support business development, while also creating and inspiring an industry leading sustainability program as chief sustainability officer. During his tenure, Mr. Wimbush led legal teams responsible for safety, labor and employment, environmental, real estate, land use planning and litigation for Norfolk Southern. Mr. Wimbush chairs the VPA Board’s Finance and Audit Committee and he is also a member of the Executive Committee.