Shreveport Mayor-elect Adrian Perkins on Thursday identified the members of his transition advisory board.
The board, which a Perkins news release called a “transition management organization,” has 14 members, including people in business, the military, the law and academia. Members are from Shreveport and other cities.
One is a professor at the Harvard University Law School, from which Perkins graduated this spring. One is the former superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, from which Perkins graduated earlier.
The board will “oversee the development” of a transition report to be released in early 2019 that includes “actionable policy recommendations and strategies the Mayor-elect can implement in his first term,” the Perkins news release said.
The board will be co-chaired by Anthony “Tony” Williams, chief executive officer of Global Resource Solutions Inc., and Graham Walker, president and chief executive officer of Fibrebond.
Global Resource Solutions has offices in Fairfax, Virginia, and San Antonio, Texas, and sells intelligence, security and IT services. Fibrebond is a manufacturing and warehousing company based in Minden.
Other members of the transition team:
- Ray Belton, president of the Southern University System.
- Retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen. He retired in June after serving in the Army for 43 years, including his last five as superintendent of the United States Military Academy in New York.
- Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Bob Elder, research professor at George Mason University in Virginia. He is a former commander of the 8th Air Force, Air Combat Command, at Barksdale Air Force Base. Elder has a residence in Shreveport.
- Gerald Frug, Louis D. Brandeis professor of law at Harvard Law School.
- Rachel Lawler, owner of Rachel & Co. Realty in Shreveport.
- Kay Medlin, an attorney and partner in the Bradley Murchison Kelly and Shea law firm with offices in Shreveport, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
- Elliot Rogers, senior vice president of logistics at Ulta Beauty, with headquarters in Bolingbrook, Illinois.
- Dr. Navdeep Samra, professor and program director in the Department of General Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport.
- Tangela Silvie, principal of Cherokee Park Elementary School in Shreveport.
- Shanté Wells, attorney at Washington & Wells with offices in Shreveport and Dallas.
- Cheryl White, associate professor of history at Louisiana State University-Shreveport.
- Joshua Williams, an assistant Caddo Parish district attorney. He served as Perkins’ campaign manager.
Five members of the board donated to Perkins’ campaign, according to campaign finance reports: Elder ($1,600), Samra ($1,001), Washington and Wells, Shanté Wells’ law firm ($2,500), Joshua Williams ($1,250) and Walker ($2,000).
The transition team will begin work in the next couple of days, Perkins said in an interview Thursday.
“As you saw on the list, there is a lot of busy people,” he said. “So, it’s going to be some collaborating with them and making sure their schedules are clear so that we can start reviewing policies and really getting ready to push our city forward.”
Walker, a co-chairman, and White, the LSUS professor, both expressed support for Perkins before his election in op-eds published by The Times.
“Mr. Perkins is an African-American Democrat, and I’m a white registered Republican who cares nothing about the color of his skin or his party affiliation,” Walker wrote. “I care only about his ability to lead honestly, effectively and decisively. I respect his achievements and his vision for Shreveport.”
White wrote that Perkins had articulated a clear vision of that future but understood the need to look to Shreveport’s past successes.
The Perkins team said members of the public who want to serve on a transition committee or board or within the administration may apply online in coming days. The transition committees will start work in January.