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Rodney Slater, Sue Gordon Take Leadership Roles at Mitre Board of Trustees

Rodney Slater, former U.S. secretary of the Department of Transportation, and Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence and a two-time Wash100 awardee, have been elected to respectively serve as chairman and vice chairwoman of Mitre’s board of trustees.

Slater most recently served as interim chairman and has been a member of the board of trustees since 2015, the nonprofit research company said Thursday.

He is a partner at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Squire Patton Boggs and serves on the boards of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), EVgo and Stagwell Global.

Gordon, who has been a trustee since 2021, brings to the leadership role her decades of public service experience.

Prior to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Gordon served as deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and spent nearly three decades at the CIA, where she held senior leadership positions and led the formation of the agency’s venture arm In-Q-Tel.

She is a fellow at Harvard and Duke Universities and sits on the boards of several companies, including CACI International (NYSE: CACI), BlackSky (NYSE: BKSY) and Avantus Federal.

Jason Providakes, president and CEO of Mitre and a three-time Wash100 awardee, said Slater’s experience in global aviation and transportation infrastructure and Gordon’s expertise in national security will be key to the board.

Michael Huerta, former administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Richard Clarke, a retired U.S. Army general, have also joined Mitre’s board of trustees.

Huerta is founder and president of MPH Consulting Group and serves on the boards of Delta Airlines, Verra Mobility and Joby Aviation.

He previously served as interim U.S. secretary of transportation, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce and executive director of the Port of San Francisco.

Clarke is a member of the board of directors of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). His military career included time as commander of U.S. Special Operations Command and director for strategic plans and policy, Joint Staff, at the Pentagon. 

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