Title: Assistant General Counsel
Company: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Stacey Joy Graham, Esq., Assistant General Counsel at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in municipal law.
For the last five years, Ms. Graham has served as assistant general counsel to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she is dedicated to supporting the agency’s mission to change lives, communities, and environmental health outcomes through the availability of safe and reliable public transportation. She is responsible for overseeing the bulk of the Transit Authority’s complex financial legal agreements and drafting all bar funding agreements, including handling revenue-sharing agreements, jurisdictional subsidies, and bonds. In her short time with the agency, Ms. Graham has already made a name for herself through her attention to detail and commitment to her goals, rising to become the #2 attorney in the authority and having been selected for a prestigious mentorship to train under the department’s General Counsel. Prior to joining the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Ms. Graham spent eight years working for the City of Philadelphia, rising to become Chief Counsel during her tenure.
Ms. Graham graduated summa cum laude from Park University with a Bachelor’s degree in business and human resources, and was awarded her Juris Doctor in 2009 by the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She has been admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., and is active in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and District of Columbia Bar Associations. In addition to her work with local government and services, Ms. Graham is deeply involved in working with children and youth in the foster care system, inspired by her own challenging experiences in foster care, group homes, and as a teenage parent. She is a licensed foster parent, Forgiveness Coach, and volunteer mentor, and a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Graham’s earliest interest in a career in law was sparked by the poorly written laws that severely limited the number of potential adoptive families available to her as a mixed-race foster child. She remembers wanting to “learn how to write better laws than the people that came before her and bring a diverse perspective to legislation to make the world a better place for others.” In the coming years, Ms. Graham hopes to remain with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, using her background to inspire others and emphasize the unique perspectives that people from disadvantaged backgrounds can bring to corporate and policy environments. In her personal time, Ms. Graham enjoys cooking, vegetable gardening, and is an enthusiastic community volunteer.
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