MNTRC Newsletter Vol. 20, Issue 3: Winter 2013

Board Profile
Beverley Swaim-Staley

Donna Maurillo, MNTRC Director of Communications

MNTRC board member Beverley Swaim-Staley

Beverley Swaim-Staley,
President and CEO, Union Station Redevelopment Corporation

MNTRC's newest Trustee, Beverley Swaim-Staley, has been breaking ground in the transportation industry. Currently, she is president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation in Washington DC, where she is leading the development and implementation of a comprehensive master plan for the rail station.

She was the first woman appointed as Maryland’s secretary of transportation, with 10,000 employees and a $3.6 billion annual budget. In total, she served for 25 years in state government, including her time as Maryland’s deputy transportation secretary. One of her achievements was to direct all operations at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport following the September 11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent airport security reforms. Ms. Swaim-Staley led Maryland’s DOT in its first public-private partnership for the Maryland I-95 Travel Plazas and the first airport redevelopment financed by Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) for BWI Airport. She has been praised for her strength in finance and transportation, which helped her guide Maryland’s transportation efforts during the nation’s recent economic recession. The state’s governor, Martin O’Malley, said, “Despite the economic challenges, we made significant progress including the development of an award winning public-private partnership at the Port of Baltimore and the opening of the Intercounty Connector.”

A long and impressive list of accomplishments will add considerably to her value as an MNTRC Trustee. She served as Maryland’s senior representative on the inter-jurisdictional effort to strengthen safety and improve the governance of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority; oversaw the application of state-of-the-art technology to modernize customer service at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration; improved reliability and on-time performance of the MARC commuter rail system; and, shepherded efforts required to maintain the fiscal health of the Maryland DOT and the Maryland Transportation Authority that operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities.

As secretary of transportation, Ms. Swaim-Staley spearheaded initiatives to ensure equity, diversity, and minority business development. The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) named her as one of the nation’s most influential women in transportation. 

MNTRC is very happy to welcome her aboard because of her leadership and her ability to provide excellent counsel.