Position: Vice president of marketing and communications for the Washington/Baltimore Regional 2012 Coalition, a not-for-profit organization promoting the region's bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

Career highlights: Lickteig was most recently vice president of marketing at Spaulding & Slye Colliers. She was also vice president and director of corporate public affairs for the Rouse Co. for 12 years. She also worked as a reporter and producer for National Public Radio, and as director of NPR's "All Things Considered."

Age: 52

Education: Bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota.

In the wake of the International Olympic Committee scandal, what steps or precautions are you taking to ensure a fair and untainted bid? "We have set from day one a very lengthy and thorough ethics policy, which we all have read, talked about and signed. We are running our bid committee just like a small company. So, we are very careful about what we do, how we present ourselves, and how we account for things."

The D.C. Metropolitan area has been said to have the second-most congested highways in the nation. How can such infrastructure considerations be overcome? "Probably the most successful U.S. Olympic venture ever took place in Los Angeles, which is number one [in traffic problems]. But one of the things we are considering would be different events grouped in particular areas, so that people could spend a whole day in one area and see several events, and not have to move from place to place."

Planning two weeks worth of events and venues 13 years ahead of time seems like an Olympic feat by itself. How can you realistically plan so far out? "That's really part of the challenge. The beauty of planning the games at this time is that this region is very strong right now. We've been meeting with various planning groups in all of the local jurisdictions to find out whether they're planning new developments or building a new bridge or other infrastructure."