Greetings,

Many District residents, community leaders, and government employees participated in the transition process during these last months. Their advice and counsel has been essential to helping my administration begin its work. On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I thank each of them for their thoughtful contributions and valuable service.

I am also appreciative of and want to acknowledge the leadership of each transition team. The impressive men and women who chaired the committees included: Lorraine Green, Reuben Charles, Barbara Lang, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, Joslyn Williams, Anthony Williams, Alice Rivlin, Michael Lomax, Katherine Bradley, Constance Berry Newman, Karl Racine, Robert Spagnoletti, John Parham, Alexander Chi, Thomas Downs, Cellerino Bernardino, Peter Edelman, Maria Gomez, Suzanne Peck, Adam Rubinson, and Nathan Saunders. In addition, there were countless individuals from all walks of life and from every corner of the city who worked on the transition teams and gave their time and talent to this process. Although they are not listed here, their work has not gone unnoticed.

Over the coming weeks, my City Administrator and Deputy Mayors will consider the findings and recommendations within these reports. They will present me with their recommendations of ideas for implementing and including in our strategic plan. As you read through the reports, I invite you to continue to reach out to my administration with your thoughts and insights.

Again, my deepest appreciation to all involved in the transition process and for their efforts on behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia.

Yours in service,

Vincent C. Gray, Mayor