The Commission is comprised of 12 members. Commissioners represent federal and local constituencies with a stake in planning for the nation's capital. The President appoints three citizens, including the Chair. At least one presidential appointee must reside in Virginia and another in Maryland while the third is at-large. The Mayor of the District of Columbia appoints two citizens. Both must be residents of the District of Columbia.

Remaining members are ex officio. These include

  • The Mayor of Washington, DC

  • The Chair of the DC City Council

  • Heads of Executive Branch agencies with significant land holdings in the region

  • Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate committees with DC oversight responsibility

Ex officio members typically appoint alternates to represent them at Commission meetings. 

Presidential Appointees

L. Preston Bryant, Jr. (Virginia)

L. Preston Bryant, Jr. President Obama appointed L. Preston Bryant, Jr. as chairman of NCPC in September 2009. The President reappointed Chairman Bryant and his current term extends until January 2019. Mr. Bryant is a senior vice president for economic and infrastructure development in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods Consulting where he advises on a wide range of issues including water and wastewater facilities, conventional and renewable energy, and commercial and industrial development. Mr. Bryant previously served as secretary of natural resources in the cabinet of former Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine, where he oversaw the Commonwealth’s environmental, recreational, wildlife, and historic resources agencies. Prior to his cabinet service, Secretary Bryant served in the Virginia House of Delegates for ten years. He also served as a manager and partner at Hurt & Proffitt, Inc., a Virginia-based civil engineering, surveying, and planning firm. Mr. Bryant received his BA in English from Randolph-Macon College, a Master’s of Humanities from the University of Richmond, and an MA in modern British literature from the University of London.

John M. Hart (Maryland)

John M. HartJohn M. Hart began a 6-year term on the Commission in January 2009. Mr. Hart earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Miami University, and a Master of Architecture and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a Principal with The Onyx Group as the Director of Planning and as Principal in the Planning and Urban Design Group for RTKL Associates in Washington, DC. Mr. Hart has special experience in the field of natural hazard mitigation planning.

Elizabeth Ann White (At-Large)

Elizabeth A. White President Obama appointed Elizabeth Ann White to the Commission in January 2012 for a six-year term that expires in 2017. Ms. White is the Director of the Chicago Office of The Trust for Public Land. Her previous positions include serving as the Managing Director of Communications and Policy for the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Chicago Transit Board, and the Assistant Commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. In addition, Ms. White was the founding executive director of Friends of the Chicago River. She serves on the board of NeighborSpace and is the former Chair of the Lakewood Balmoral National Historic District Committee. Ms. White received a B.Phil. from Northwestern University and M.A. in Urban Studies from Loyola University.

Mayoral Appointees

Arrington Dixon (Washington, DC)

Arrington Dixon Mr. Dixon is president of Arrington Dixon & Associates, Inc. (ADA Inc), a computer and telecommunications professional service business. Mr. Dixon has served in various public-sector capacities, including chairman and member of the Council of the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. He is currently Chairman of the Anacostia Coordinating Council and a Life Member of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. A graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Mr. Dixon continues to support national defense efforts as a Colonel in the Army Reserve. He holds a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from George Washington University. Mr. Dixon was first appointed to the Commission in 1995 and was most recently reappointed in 2011 by Mayor Vincent Gray.

Robert E. Miller (Washington, DC)

Robert E. Miller Mr. Miller began his four-year term as a Mayoral Appointee on the Commission in January 2011. He first served NCPC as an alternate representing the District Council Chairman in 1985, and was elected NCPC Vice-Chairman in April 2007. Mr. Miller has a B.A. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from George Washington University. He served as Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, Legislative Counsel to the District of Columbia City Council Chairman, and as Policy and Legal Advisor to the D.C. City Council's Committee of the Whole. Mr. Miller is also a Mayoral Appointee to the D.C. Zoning Commission for a term expiring in 2017.

Ex Officio Members

The Honorable Chuck Hagel

Secretary of Defense

The Honorable Sally Jewell
Secretary of the Interior

The Honorable Daniel M. Tangherlini
Administrator of General Services

The Honorable Tom R. Carper
Chairman, Committee on Homeland Security
and Governmental Affairs
United States Senate


The Honorable Darrell Issa

Chairman, Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform
United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Vincent C. Gray
Mayor, District of Columbia

The Honorable Phil Mendelson
Chair, Council of the District of Columbia


Department of Defense

Michael L. Rhodes
Director, Administration and Management

Sajeel S. Ahmed
Director, Facilities Services Directorate
Washington Headquarters Services

Bradley Provancha
Deputy Director, Defense Facilities Directorate
Washington Headquarters Services


Department of the Interior

First Alternate
Jonathan B. Jarvis
National Park Service

Second Alternate
Lisa Mendelsohn
Acting Regional Director
National Capital Region

Third Alternate
Peter May 
Associate Regional Director

General Services Administration

Julia E. Hudson
Regional Administrator
(National Capital Region, 11A)


Mina Wright
Director, Office of Planning & Design Quality
(Public Buildings Service)

Michael McGill
External Affairs Analyst
(Public Buildings Service)

United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Deanne Millison
Special Counsel

Holly Idelson
Senior Counsel


United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform

John Cuaderes
Deputy Staff Director

Howard A. Denis
Senior Counsel


Office of the Mayor, District of Columbia

First Alternate:
Ellen McCarthy
Acting Director, DC Office of Planning

Second Alternate:
Jennifer Steingasser
Deputy Director, Development Review and Historic Preservation, DC Office of Planning


Chairman of the Council of the
District of Columbia

Tommy Wells
Councilmember, Council of the District of Columbia

Jessica Jacobs
Legislative Counsel, Council of the District of Columbia Committee of the Whole


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