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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 11/03/2010

Gray to name transition team

Update, 111:42 a.m.: Rounding out Gray's transition team in partnerships will be Karl Racine, managing partner at Venable, and former attorney general Robert Spagnoletti, heading the area of legal affairs and public safety; Georgetown University law professor Peter Edelman and Mary's Center President and Chief Executive Maria Gomez advising on health and human services; Chinatown businessman Alexander Chi and former state superintendent of education John Parham consulting on bridging the city's divides; and transportation experts Thomas M. Downs and Cellerino C. Bernardino on government infrastructure and transportation.

Going solo will be Constance Berry Newman, a Republican who has had seven presidential appointments, advising on government operations.

Original post: Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray is scheduled to announce his transition team Wednesday -- a mix of national and local leaders, including former Mayor Anthony A. Williams, public education advocate Katherine Bradley and local Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang -- to help him shape policy and to build his Cabinet.

As expected, friend and confidante Lorraine Green, an Amtrak executive and an expert in human resources, will shepherd the effort that has drawn more than 900 volunteers.

Gray had publicized that Williams and economist Alice Rivlin, both credited with pulling the District out of its fiscal crisis during the congressional Control Board era, would advise him on the city's budget matters. Wednesday makes it official.

Gray will introduce the leaders of his transition team at noon at the Reeves Center before holding its first meeting in new transition offices there on the fourth floor.

The Washington Post learned of other transition team members through sources within the campaign.

Signaling that education will remain a top priority, Gray also will announce prominent picks to consult on school reform: Bradley, president and co-founder of CityBridge Foundation, a nonprofit that has pushed universal pre-K, and Michael Lomax, president and chief executive of the United Negro College Fund.

Bradley and Lomax have been targets of Gray's behind-the-scenes efforts to win over philanthropists and public education advocates concerned about the departure of Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. The discussions prompted Gray to tap Kaya Henderson, Rhee's deputy, as interim chancellor to reassure influential private donors that there would be continuity.

In his campaign against Fenty, however, Gray indicated that there would be a shift to broaden the scope of economic development and to focus on job training and creation. Lang, who has been president and chief executive of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce since 2002, will share responsibilities with Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former president of George Washington University. Gray is an alum of the university.

Gray is expected to announce eight additional leaders of the transition team, but political observers are awaiting the selection of his Cabinet.

Business interests are expected to pressure Gray to retain some Fenty Cabinet members, including City Administrator Neil O. Albert; Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier; Linda K. Argo, director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; and Gabe Klein, director of the Department of Transportation, according to sources within the campaign. But Gray is also under pressure from supporters, particularly labor unions, to wipe the administration clean of any Fenty appointments.

-- Nikita Stewart and Tim Craig

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