MITRE’s Board of Trustees elected Rodney E. Slater, a former U.S. secretary of transportation, to serve as its chairman after serving as interim chairman since May and as a trustee since 2015.
“I am exceptionally proud that MITRE’s board will be led by Rodney Slater,” said Jason Providakes, Ph.D., MITRE president and CEO. “For nearly a decade, Rodney’s leadership has been essential to MITRE’s impact in advancing global aviation and transportation infrastructure.”
As a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a Washington, DC-based legal firm, Slater is co-chair of the organization’s transportation, shipping, and logistics practice. Slater focuses on many of the policy and transportation objectives set under his leadership at the Department of Transportation during President Bill Clinton’s administration. These include aviation competition and congestion mitigation, maritime initiatives, high-speed rail corridor development, and overall transportation safety and funding. Slater chairs the board of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation, which is dedicated to civil rights advocacy and public policy fellowships, and sits on the boards of Verizon Communications, EVgo, and Stagwell Global.
In addition, he is a founding partner of the Washington DC Nationals Baseball team and chair emeritus of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Slater is also a member of United Way Worldwide and a trustee of the National Urban League.