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June 14, 2007




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Government of the District of Columbia
Executive Office of the Mayor
June 14, 2007
CONTACT: Mafara Hobson
(Office) 202.727.2320

Mayor Fenty Taps Alan Y. Lew to Lead School Facilities Modernization Office, Names New CEO for DC Sports & Entertainment Commission

Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced that Alan Y. Lew, chief executive officer of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC), will serve as executive director of the newly created Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization for DC Public Schools. It was also announced that Gregory A. O'Dell will likely replace Lew as CEO of the DCSEC. To help ensure continuity in ongoing projects, particularly the completion of the city's new stadium, Fenty also announced that Lew will be appointed as a member of the DCSEC. Lew plans to start reviewing current school modernization projects on Monday and will begin a transition period at the DCSEC.

Allen Y. Lew
Executive Director, Office of Facilities Modernization

Allen Y. Lew has been nominated to serve as the executive director of the Office of Facilities Modernization. The position and office were created as part of the Mayor's education reform legislation, which went into effect this week. Lew joins the Fenty administration after succesfully serving as chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission since 2004. Immediately upon his arrival to the Commission, he led an intensive effort to renovate RFK Stadium. The RFK Stadium renovation was completed on time for the 2005 inaugural baseball season and exceeded District of Columbia employment and Local, Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise contracting goals. Under Mr. Lew's leadership, the DCSEC expanded its mission of athletic field and recreational facility development in the District by completing multi-purpose sports complexes at Ft. Greble Park in Ward 8 and Kenilworth-Parkside in Ward 7.

Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Lew served as managing director and then acting general manager and chief executive officer of the Washington Convention Center Authority. There, he led the development of the award-winning Washington Convention Center, which opened in March 2003. He is widely credited for the masterful orchestration of hundreds of architects and contractors, federal and local requirements, a successful LSDBE program and innovative apprenticeship training programs, to deliver the largest and most challenging public works project in District history-on budget and schedule.

From 1992 to 1994, Mr. Lew was vice president of Capital Programs for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., where he oversaw a $3.2 billion design and construction effort. The Health and Hospitals Corp. managed the largest municipal hospital system in the nation.

From 1988 until 1990, he served as Vice President of Rose Associates, Inc., a New York based private commercial office and residential real estate development and management company with holdings in Washington, DC, Boston, New York and other east coast locations. At Rose Associates, Mr. Lew was associated with the firm's large scale commercial and residential development ventures in the New York region.

From 1983 until 1988, Mr. Lew was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York and in 1986 was appointed Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of both the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation and the New York Convention Center Development Corporation. Mr. Lew was instrumental in turning around one of the largest and most controversial public works project in New York.

Mr. Lew is a product of New York City's public education system. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the City College of New York School of Architecture. He earned a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

Gregory A. O'Dell
Chief Executive Officer, District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment

Commission Gregory A. O'Dell was named to serve as chief executive officer of the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission. O'Dell currently serves as the chief development officer for the Fenty administration in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. Mr. O'Dell is primarily responsible for stimulating and promoting economic development for the District, and in particular, leveraging District assets to promote and ensure vital development that best meets the needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining the Deputy Mayor's Office, Mr. O'Dell was the managing principal and majority owner of the Clemens Consulting Group, where he provided consulting services to various clients throughout the life cycle of their development projects. He provided consulting and financial oversight to the DCSEC for the $611-million design-build baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals.

Prior to his work at the Clemens Consulting Group, O'Dell was a senior manager with BearingPoint, a multi-billion dollar management and IT consulting firm. At BearingPoint, O'Dell was the practice lead for BearingPoint's Construction Advisory Services practice, providing myriad construction and development advisory services to both public and private clients. While at BearingPoint, Mr. O'Dell provided consulting services for the $850 million, 2 million square-foot convention center for the Washington Convention Center Authority. During his time at BearingPoint, he also provided consulting and financial oversight through the entire project life cycle. In addition, he provided consulting and oversight on the $24-million RFK Stadium renovation project in time for the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals.

Mr. O'Dell received a Bachelor of Arts in finance and government from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He also holds a professional certification in project management from the Project Management Institute.

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