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), the Chief Executive Officer of the Virginia International Trade Corporation, 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.
John C. Asbury was appointed to the VPA Board by Governor Northam to serve a five-year term effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024. Mr. Asbury is President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Union Bankshares Corporation, a Virginia-based regional bank, with the headquarters based in Richmond. Mr. Asbury’s banking career spans 30 years. He is very active in the community and banking industry through various non-profit board memberships such as The Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Chamber RVA, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, The Virginia Bankers Association, and various industry organizations. Mr. Asbury is a member of the VPA Board’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Jennifer D. Aument was appointed to the VPA Board by Governor McDonnell on July 15, 2011 to serve a five-year term. 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 President, North America for Transurban, where she is responsible for the development, financing, construction and operations of major toll road infrastructure. She also serves on the global leadership team for the $20 billion international toll road owner and operator. Ms. Aument played a key role in the development of the 495, 95, and 395 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia. She was recently named among the “Outstanding Women in the Building Industry” and Commercial Real Estate Women’s “Woman of Impact”. 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 in July 2014, having served a five-year term. Governor Northam reappointed Captain Cofer to an additional five-year term effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024. Captain Cofer recently retired after serving 22 years as President of the Virginia Pilots Association and he 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.
Manju S. Ganeriwala was appointed Virginia State Treasurer by Governor Kaine in January 2009; reappointed in July 2010 by Governor McDonnell; reappointed in January 2014 by Governor McAuliffe; and reappointed by Governor-elect Northam on December 22, 2017. 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.
Eva Teig Hardy was appointed by Governor Northam on May 8, 2020, to serve an unexpired term beginning December 21, 2019 and ending June 30, 2021. Ms. Hardy retired after 20 years as Executive Vice President of Dominion Energy for Public Policy and Communications for nine states where Dominion Energy had assets. Prior to her work at Dominion Energy, Ms. Hardy served as Secretary of Health and Human Resources during the administration of Governor Baliles and, prior to that, as Commissioner of Labor for Governor Charles Robb. She spent an additional eight years working for the City of Portsmouth before moving to Richmond. Ms. Hardy currently is a partner in the firm of Strategic Public Policy and Communications, a consulting firm for business and communications strategies. She has served on numerous civic boards and state commissions. Ms. Hardy is the Virginia Port Authority Board’s Richmond Representative.
Joni L. Ivey was appointed by Governor Northam on May 8, 2020, to serve an unexpired term beginning October 18, 2019 and ending June 30, 2022. Ms. Ivey served for 40 years alongside Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, from the Virginia House of Delegates, to the Virginia Senate, and ultimately as the Congressman’s Chief of Staff for 25 of those years. Ms. Ivey is very active in the community and was the first female president of the Newport News NAACP chapter. In 2017, Ms. Ivey was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Parole Board. In 2018, Governor Northam appointed Ms. Ivey to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board. Ms. Ivey is the Virginia Port Authority Board’s Newport News/Hampton Representative.
John G. Milliken was appointed to the Virginia Port Authority Board by Governor McAuliffe on April 17, 2014 and reappointed for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017, and ending June 30, 2022. Mr. Milliken has served as Chairman of the VPA Board since his initial appointment. He served previously as Chairman of the VPA Board from 2002 to 2011. Mr. Milliken served as Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1990-1993 and as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in 1983-1984. 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 Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
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 chair of the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee and also serves on the Executive 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 in July 2014, having served a five-year term. Governor Northam reappointed Ms. Waters to an additional five-year term effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024. Ms. Waters, of Waters Law Firm, P.C. located in downtown Norfolk, is an Attorney at Law and Proctor in Admiralty. Her practice is focused on maritime civil litigation and maritime labor and employment law. For the past 30 years, her work has largely involved issues related to business in and around the marine terminals of Virginia. Ms. Waters is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and was the first female President of the Admiralty Section of Association of American Trial Lawyers. She is an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary School of Law. Ms. Waters litigates in federal court nationally and Virginia state courts. She is a member of the VPA Board’s Growth and Operations Committee.
F. 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. On July 24, 2018, the Board appointed Mr. Wimbush to serve as Vice Chairman of the VPA Board. Mr. Wimbush retired from Norfolk Southern Corporation in April 2015, 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 previously chaired the VPA Board’s Finance and Audit Committee and, as Vice Chairman of the Board, he is a member of the Executive Committee.