Gray’s cir­cle of in­flu­ence

The Washington Post Sunday - - FROM PAGE ONE - SOURCE: Staff re­ports

Mayor-elect Vin­cent C. Gray (D) has a kitchen cabi­net of long­time friends, fam­ily and new­com­ers to whom he turns for ad­vice from time to time. But ac­cord­ing to ad­viser Lor­raine Green, “He looks in the mir­ror. He is his own com­pass. He trusts his own judg­ment. He’s 99 per­cent right.”

Gray’s CON­FI­DANTE . . .

Gray’s DAUGH­TER . . .

Jonice Gray Tucker Gray’s un­of­fi­cial le­gal ad­viser; Yale Law School grad­u­ate and part­ner with Buck­leySan­dler

His CHIEF STRATE­GIST . . .

Mo Ellei­thee Helped Gray de­feat Mayor Adrian M. Fenty; for­mer se­nior spokesman and press sec­re­tary for Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign

His COUN­CIL FRIEND . . .

Lor­raine Green Gray’s steady right hand. Chair­man of his cam­paign and tran­si­tion; ex­ec­u­tive at Am­trak; for­mer deputy di­rec­tor of the U.S. Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment un­der Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton; for­mer di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Per­son­nel un­der Mayor Sharon Pratt

Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) Law pro­fes­sor at Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity

. . . and her crew:

Judy Banks Di­rec­tor of the Of­fice of Per­son­nel un­der Mayor An­thony A. Wil­liams Gerri Ma­son Hall Green’s pro­tege; will serve as Gray’s chief of staff; for­mer chief di­ver­sity of­fi­cer at Am­trak Bar­bara Lang Pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of the D.C. Cham­ber of Com­merce; co-chair­man of eco­nomic devel­op­ment on Gray’s tran­si­tion team

. . . and her com­pany:

Thomas Gore Runs non­profit; trea­surer of Gray’s con­stituent ser­vices fund

Ver­non Hawkins Vet­eran of D.C. pol­i­tics; Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices chief un­der Mayor Mar­ion Barry ten­ure.

James Proc­tor A cousin of Gray’s who is a del­e­gate in Mary­land and a mem­ber of the Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee

. . . and cam­paign­ers:

Doug Pat­ton For­mer deputy mayor who aban­doned the Fenty camp and is now a co-chair of Gray’s fundrais­ing com­mit­tee

Ron Lester Long­time na­tional Demo­cratic poll­ster; care­fully took the pulse of the city’s elec­torate to help shape Gray’s mes­sage

. . . and col­leagues:

Yvette Alexan­der (D-Ward 7) Gray’s suc­ces­sor as ward coun­cil mem­ber; cred­ited with en­cour­ag­ing Gray to run for chair­man of the Ward 7 Democrats in 2003, be­gin­ning his new ca­reer in pol­i­tics

Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) Coun­cil chair­man-elect; teamed up with Gray to form a vot­ing bloc east of the Ana­cos­tia River Emily Durso For­mer long­time pres­i­dent of the Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion of Washington, D.C.; ex­pected to take a mid-level po­si­tion in Gray’s ad­min­is­tra­tion Con­stance Berry New­man U.S. as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for African af­fairs un­der Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush; chair­man of govern­ment op­er­a­tions for Gray’s tran­si­tion Pa­tri­cia Lat­ti­more For­mer U.S. as­sis­tant sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion and man­age­ment in the La­bor Depart­ment Bruce Bere­ano Lob­by­ist, a friend and fra­ter­nity brother from Gray’s days at Ge­orge Washington Uni­ver­sity: did time for a cam­paign fi­nance scheme in­volv­ing his lob­by­ist friends

Robert S. Ben­nett Rep­re­sented Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton through his scan­dals; met Gray through Jonice Gray-Tucker when they were both at Skad­den Arps; at Gray’s request, led in­de­pen­dent probe of con­flicts of in­ter­est in­volved in D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber Mar­ion Barry’s use of per­sonal con­tracts

Dawn Slon­neger Chief of staff of Gray’s D.C. Coun­cil of­fice; worked with him at non­profit Covenant House; likely to take job in ad­min­is­tra­tion Reuben Charles Tran­si­tion team chief; emerged as a top fundraiser for Gray de­spite be­ing an out-of-towner; past trou­bled busi­ness deal­ings knocked him out of the run­ning for a spot in the ad­min­is­tra­tion

Phil Men­del­son (D-At Large) Long­time coun­cil mem­ber who be­came friends with Gray be­cause Gray had to sit next to him as a fresh­man from 2005 to 2006, per tra­di­tion

VIN­CENT GRAY PHOTO BY JAHI CHIKWENDIU /THE WASHINGTON POST

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