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Louisa M. Strayhorn joins Virginia Port Authority board

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A new member has been appointed to the 11-member Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday.

Louisa M. Strayhorn is CEO of Virginia Beach-based LSA Consulting USA LLC. She specializes in business development and strategic communications.

Strayhorn is no stranger to public service. She was the first African-American woman on the Virginia Beach school board and city council. Strayhorn also served as director of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance under then-Gov. Timothy Kaine.

The following commissioners also were appointed to the VPA board: Alan A. Diamonstein, senior partner at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC in Newport News and a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates; Val S. McWhorter, attorney and founding member at Tysons-based Smith, Pachter, McWhorter, and John G. Milliken, a former Virginia secretary of transportation.

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