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Mayor-Elect Bowser Announces Additional Senior Hires

Thursday, January 1, 2015

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced the appointments of Leif Dormsjo as Director of the Department of Transportation, Ana Harvey as Director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Matt Brown as Director of the Office of Budget and Finance, Angie Gates as Director of the Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Christopher Shorter as Director of Agency Operations for the Office of City Administrator, and Lauren Vaughan as Secretary of the District of Columbia.

“I am excited that these savvy and hardworking Washingtonians are joining my administration. They are ready to get to work, and more importantly, are passionate about public service and dedicated to improving the quality of life for District residents. Together, we are building a team that is ready to hit the ground running on Day One and will work tirelessly to provide a more accountable and trustworthy government for all 8 wards,” said Mayor-elect Bowser.

Dormsjo recently served as the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Project Management at the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Previously, he served as MDOT’s Acting Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he oversaw a $3.6 billion annual budget for the 10,000-employee department comprising the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Port of Baltimore, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, and an extensive mass transit and highway network. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Wesleyan University.

Harvey served as the President and CEO of HarveyHudson Group, a bank advisory group comprised of national experts in the areas of financial compliance, community reinvestment, and community engagement. In 2009, Ana was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Women’s Business Ownership. Ana is a graduate of the Leadership Foundry, a program created by Women in Technology (WIT) to prepare senior executive women to serve on corporate boards.
Brown brings a wealth of budget and finance experience from both the private and public sectors. Brown most recently served as Director of the District Department of Transportation. Brown has served as the managing director of WMATA’s Office of Management and Budget Services and as a project manager with Public Financial Management. He has also overseen public budgetary and finance issues in New York City and Milwaukee. Brown is a graduate of George Washington University and Texas Wesleyan University.

Gates served as the Traveling Chief of Staff to the Mayor-Elect’s campaign. Prior to this position, she made history as the first African-American General Manager of the Historic Warner Theatre located in the heart of Washington, DC. Gates began her career as a film specialist for the New Orleans Film Commission and previously served as the Director of Engagement Relations and Marketing for the Theatrical Division of Clear Channel Entertainment. She is also a member of the DC Chapter of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s). She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of New Orleans.

Shorter served as Chief Operating Officer for the District Department of Health. In this role, he provided day-to-day oversight of administrative operations for the agency’s five major departments. Shorter has served as Deputy Director of the Office of the State’s Superintendent as well as Chief Operations Officer and Chief of Staff of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Shorter is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Vaughan served as the Executive Director of My Sister’s Place, DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter. She joined the Board of Directors of My Sister’s Place in 2001 and has served as Co-Chair and Board Chair. In these roles, she established and enhanced programs, including completion of a multi-million dollar initiative to expand and renovate its emergency shelter, more than doubling its capacity. Vaughan is a graduate of Hampton University and George Washington University.