Maureen Middlebrook Elected President of the Board of Directors, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District

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Newly Elected Officers to the Board (from left to right):
Albert Boro, Maureen Middlebrook and
Maryanne Harrison

At the December 17, 2004, meeting of the Board of Directors (Board) of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (District), Sonoma County representative and first Vice-President Maureen Middlebrook was elected President for a two-year term commencing immediately. San Francisco representative second Vice-President Maryanne Harrison was elected first Vice-President, and Marin County representative San Rafael Mayor Albert J. Boro was elected second Vice-President. Middlebrook is the second woman in District history to be elected President of the Board; the first was Carol Ruth Silver who served as Board President in 1988.

In accepting the position of Board President Middlebrook commented, “I am so proud to be a part of a Board that works together to serve the public good. The last two years have been incredibly tough with a difficult budget crisis, but this Board continues to unites to make the tough decisions necessary to sustain our vital public transportation services across all three divisions-Bridge, bus and ferry. I am very much looking forward to serving a Board President for the next two years as we continue to the work necessary to bring our future budgets into balance.”

Middlebrook was appointed to the District Board in April 1992 as the public member appointee of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. She is a native Californian born and raised in Oakland, has been a resident of Santa Rosa since 1970. Middlebrook has been very active in both local and regional transportation issues for many years. She has been an active participant in a number of forums regarding 101 corridor transportation issues over the last two decades. Most recently her energies were focused on the successful passage of a ¼ cent sales tax in Sonoma County-Measure M-which will help maintain local streets, accelerate widening Highway 101, restore and enhance transit, support development of passenger rail, and build safe bike/pedestrian routes.

In addition to her active civic interests, Middlebrook brings many years of business experience to the Board. In November 2004, she accepted the position of Community Affairs Officer for the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Prior to that, Middlebrook served as a public affairs consultant for many clients including the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Empire Waste, and Sonoma Technology and Manufacturing Group. She was also the assistant general manager at Empire Waste, public affairs representative for Pacific Gas and Electric, as executive director of Local Government Affairs for the Building Industry Association of Northern California, and as vice-president of Sonoma Financial Corporation.

Maryanne Harrison was appointed to the District Board in 2001 as one of four public members appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to represent the City and County of San Francisco and is active in local San Francisco neighborhood programs and services. Since 1995, Harrison has been the Director of Extended Care for the St. Vincent de Paul School in San Francisco. She is a member and past president of the Auxiliary to the St. Vincent de Paul Youth Club and a member of the Auxiliary of Little Children’s Aid of San Francisco. She is also a past president of the Archdiocese of the San Francisco School Board, Sacred Heart Cathedral High School Parents Association, and St. Vincent de Paul Parents Association.

In 1992, San Rafel Mayor Albert J. Boro was appointed to the District Board by the Marin County Board of Supervisors as the representative of the Marin County Mayors and Councilmembers. Boro was elected to the San Rafael City Council in 1987. In 1991, he was elected to a four-year term as Mayor, and re-elected to additional four-year terms in November of 1995, 1999, and 2003. Boro is active in transportation issues both locally and regionally serving as a member of the Transportation Authority of Marin working toward solutions for traffic and transit issues in Marin County, a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority Board of Directors working to develop a reliable, convenient, flexible and cost-effective expanded Bay Area water-transit system, and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit overseeing the development and implementation of passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin Counties.

Background - Board membership and compensation

The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 representatives from the six counties that make up the District-San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Del Norte. Nine represent the City and County of San Francisco, with the Mayor appointing one, four are members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and four are public members selected and appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Four members represent Marin County; two are members of the Marin County Board of Supervisors, one is an at-large member appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and one is a member and nominee of the Council of Mayors and Council Members and is appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Sonoma County has three representatives: one a member of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, one a member and nominee of the Council of Mayors and Council Members as appointed by the Board of Supervisors, and the third a public member appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Napa, Mendocino and Del Norte counties each have one representative selected by their respective Boards of Supervisors. The Board members earn $50 per meeting day not to exceed $5,000 per year, with the exception of the President who can earn up to $7,500.