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April 18, 2007 (Office) 202.727.2320

Mayor Fenty Announces Four Agency Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced his picks for the directors of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications (OCTT), the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) and the District Department of the Environment (DDOE).

Lucinda Babers was nominated to serve as the director of the DMV. Serving as DMV interim director since January 2007, she has a proven track record in business management, leadership and service delivery. Babers has experience managing projects and people, delivering customer service and leading change for both government agencies and private organizations.

Prior to becoming interim director, Babers served for three years as the deputy director for the agency. In this position, she was in charge of departmental operations to include licensing, titling, registration, inspection and adjudication functions. She revamped Dealer Services by introducing yearly dealer training. She revised registration procedures and conducted violation hearings resulting in over 59 dealer suspensions/revocations. In addition, Babers increased security features of temporary tags and eliminated issuance of temporary tags by used car dealerships. She also reviewed and revised numerous customer service processes, such as the medical review process, that contributed to the District of Columbia Federation of Citizens Association unanimously recognizing the Department of Motor Vehicles as the “Greatest Improvement in Public Service for 2006”.

Prior to joining the DMV, Babers served in several senior management positions at Amtrak, including the project manager for the company’s service guarantee initiative. Babers is no stranger to DC government, previously working on management reform projects for the city manager during the Control Board era and serving as an internal consultant/project manager for the city administrator and corrections. Babers began her career as an officer in the military.

Babers holds a Masters of Science in business from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Eric E. Richardson was nominated to serve as the director of OCTT, having served as the Office’s interim director since January 2007.

Richardson is responsible for administering the programs and services under the agency's purview as well as administering day-to-day oversight of the construction and operation of the District's cable television systems. He also regulates cable television services in the District as prescribed in Cable Franchise Agreements and is ultimately responsible for programming the District's municipal cable access channels. Richardson is the director of OCTT's national award winning production department, creating human interest, history, science, health, lifestyle, performance and news and public affairs programming. He served as OCTT's director of programming from December 2006 until January 2007.

Prior to joining OCTT, Richardson worked for Howard University's PBS affiliate, WHUT-TV, as the director of Broadcast Services. He was responsible for the station's overall operations. Additionally, he served as executive producer of Evening Exchange with Kojo Nnamdi and played a key role in the development and direction of such shows as The Tavis Smiley Show, Moneywise with Kelvin Boston, and White House Chronicles.

Richardson is a member of the Board of Governors for the National Capital/Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) where he co-chairs the Student Affairs committee. He has been a featured speaker/presenter for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI), Howard University, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) and American Public Television (APT) and is a two time Emmy nominated producer. A native of Louisiana, Richardson received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the Manship School of Journalism at Louisiana State University.

Erik A. Moses was selected to serve as the director of DSLBD, having served as the Office’s interim director since January 2007. Moses has also served as the deputy director of the Agency. In that capacity, he was responsible for establishing the newly created Office of Business Opportunities and Access to Capital. The office was created to improve the access of District-based local, small, and disadvantaged business enterprises (LSDBEs) to contracting and procurement opportunities with the DC government as well as business development opportunities in the private sector and federal government. The office is also tasked with creating initiatives to facilitate the flow of capital to LSDBEs that will enable such companies to build greater capacity.

Moses has served as legal counsel of AOL and helped develop several business units including Mapquest, Moviefone, AOL Local, AOL Entertainment and Digital Media Services, Inc. Moses began his career in private practice in Washington, DC with the law firm of Dow Lohnes PLLC, representing several large media and communications companies in merger and acquisition transactions as well as regulatory and compliance matters following the passage of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996. As an associate attorney, Moses was instrumental in helping one of the firm’s broadcast clients to become the single largest owner of commercial television stations in the nation by serving as lead counsel in scores of transactions to acquire and sell commercial radio and television stations throughout the country.

Moses received a BA in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from the Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland bar and the District of Columbia bar.

George S. Hawkins was chosen to serve as the director of DDOE. Most recently he was executive director of New Jersey Future, a nonprofit organization in Trenton that seeks economic opportunity and community vitality. New Jersey Future employs original research, analysis and advocacy to drive policies that help revitalize cities and towns, provide transportation and housing choices, generate new jobs, improve opportunities for the impoverished and protect natural lands and farm fields.

Prior to joining NJ Future in late 2004, Hawkins was the executive director of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. During his tenure, he developed a program to protect environmental quality and water resources through managing the future of the land. This effort included working directly with municipalities to improve local zoning, working with businesses to improve environmental practices and working with citizens to improve local knowledge and civic participation. Under his leadership, the association quadrupled its staff, taking on more than 1,000 volunteers with a combined budget of more than $1.8 million.

Hawkins was also a member of the National Performance Review, a White House initiative created by President Bill Clinton in 1993. He was responsible for regulatory improvements at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Hawkins held a series of positions at U.S. EPA’s regional office in Boston, including special assistant to the regional administrator and senior assistant regional counsel. Before joining the federal government, Hawkins was an associate lawyer at the Boston firm Ropes & Gray. He received a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1987 and an A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1983. He is a member of both the Massachusetts and the District of Columbia Bars. Since 1999, Hawkins has been an appointed lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he teaches environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute.



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