Stoney draws transition team from various sectors

Jeremy M. Lazarus | 12/2/2016, 7:19 a.m.
Mayor-elect Levar Stoney is drawing on people from business, education, government and other backgrounds to help him make the transition …
Mayor-elect Stoney

Mayor-elect Levar Stoney is drawing on people from business, education, government and other backgrounds to help him make the transition to Richmond’s chief executive post.

The day before Thanksgiving, he released the complete list of the 41-member transition team he has named to help him prepare to take office Sunday, Jan. 1.

Along with the previously announced co-chairs and director, he announced the names of 38 others, including three presidents of universities and two members of the General Assembly.

“Levar is committed to bringing the public, private and nonprofit sectors together, and this is what he is doing,” said Matt Corridoni, spokesman for Mr. Stoney and his likely press secretary.

According to Thad Williamson, a University of Richmond associate professor and director of the transition, the full committee has been broken into three subcommittees.

One is to help Mr. Stoney organize his office at City Hall; another is to come up with policy recommendations based on promises Mr. Stoney made on the campaign trail; and the third is to review the management and operations of city agencies, Dr. Williamson said.

He said the work of the transition team is likely to continue well into next year because the subcommittees will not complete their work before Mr. Stoney takes office.

However, Dr. Williamson, as well as Mr. Corridoni, declined to list the members of the subcommittees, telling the Free Press the information is not being disclosed for the time being.

Dr. Williamson said disclosure of the subcommittee members’ names could bring attempts to influence the members.

“This is an advisory committee” that has no official standing and it was felt that it would be inappropriate for the members to be bombarded with emails while trying to assist Mr. Stoney, he said.

Here is the list of the transition members, based on their background and experience:


Tiffany Jana, CEO, TMI Consulting Inc.

William H. “Bill” Leighty, former chief of staff for Govs. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine

Transition director:

Dr. Williamson, former director of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building

Transition committee members: 


Laura Bateman, lobbying/public relations, Bateman Consulting

Eva Teig Hardy, retired executive vice president, Dominion Resources

William L. “Bill” Murray, managing director, public policy, Dominion Resources

John Sherman Jr., retired president, CEO, Scott & Stringellow

Lisa Speller-Davis, outreach/marketing manager, Humana

Ronald L. Tillett, broker, Raymond James & Assoc.

Samuel S. “Sam” Young, president, Astyra Corp.


Eva Colen, 2016 education advocacy fellow, 50CAN: 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now

Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher, president, University of Richmond

Dr. Joseph F. Johnson, acting president, Virginia Union University

Dr. Michael Rao, president, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Danny Avula, director, Richmond City Health District

Jonathan T. Baliles, 1st District City Councilman

Jeff M. Bourne, chairman and 3rd District representative, Richmond School Board

Marland Buckner Jr., co-founder, principal, MB2 Solutions domestic policy strategy firm

Melvin D. Carter, executive director, Virginia Department of Fire Programs

Ashley Hall, manager, Capital Region Collaborative

Kelly Harris-Braxton, executive director, lobbyist, Virginia First Cities

Anne B. Holton, former Richmond judge, former state secretary of education

Birdie H. Jamison, retired Richmond judge

Delores L. McQuinn, Richmond representative in the House of Delegates

William J. Pantele, lawyer and former 2nd District City Councilman

Tyrone E. Nelson, minister, and chairman and Varina representative, Henrico County Board of Supervisors

Christopher K. Peace, Hanover County representative in the House of Delegates

James J.L. “Jay” Stegmaier, retired county administrator, Chesterfield County

John A. Venuti, police chief, Virginia Commonwealth University


Bob Adams, president, HDAdvisors housing and community development consulting

Andrew Clark, director of government affairs/member services, Home Building Association of Richmond

Greta J. Harris, president/CEO, Better Housing Coalition


Adam N. Harrell Jr., co-managing partner, Harrell & Chambliss LLP

Jennifer D. Mullen, partner Roth Doner Jackson PLC


The Rev. Yvonne J. Bibbs, pastor, Sixth Baptist Church, Richmond

The Rev. Benjamin C. Campbell, civic volunteer, former pastoral director, Richmond Hill


Tanya M. Gonzalez, executive director, Sacred Heart Center

Damon Jiggetts, executive director, Peter Paul Development Center

Rupa Murthy, chief development officer, YWCA

Abby Farris Rogers, vice president/chief advancement officer, YMCA

Dr. Thelma B. Watson, executive director, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging