Former Fairfax County executive Tony Griffin is the newest member of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
Griffin, 65, spent 23 years working in Fairfax government, including 13 years as county executive. He retired from that post this year. Griffin was appointed to the board by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell.
Griffin is one of six people who have joined the 17-member board of the airports authority over the past few months. MWAA was recently the topic of a scathing federal inspector general’s report that detailed problems with contracting, nepotism and ethics. MWAA officials hope the new appointees, combined with revised ethics and travel policies, will help repair the authority’s battered image.
Griffin is well-versed in the biggest of MWAA’s projects: construction of the $5.6 billion Dulles Rail extension. In 2011, he was among those at the table with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood renegotiating funding to pay for the rail extension.
In addition to the rail extension, MWAA oversees Washington Dulles International and Reagan National airports as well as the Dulles Toll Road. Its 17-member board includes representatives from the District, Maryland, Virginia and the federal government.
Griffin is a part-time faculty member in George Mason University’s department of Public and International Affairs.