Gray’s circle of influence
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