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Gail McDonald

Gail Clements McDonald (born 1944) is an American administrator who served as Chair of Interstate Commerce Commission from 1993 until the Commission's disbandment by Congress in 1995.

Life and career

She grew up in Greenville, Mississippi and studied history at Texas Christian University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees. She then took a teaching position at Oklahoma State University. In 1974, she became a local campaign manager and later a staffer for David Boren. In 1979, she moved to Washington, D.C., with her husband, who joined the Federal Election Commission. She was then hired as Associate Director of the Gas Research Institute, now the Gas Technology Institute.

In 1990, she was named to the Interstate Commerce Commission. She became its chair in 1993. The Commission was disbanded by a vote of Congress on June 16, 1994.[1] Some programs were shifted to the Department of Transportation, and the Commission was closed in 1995. She then worked as an administrator in the Department of Transportation, then became the national ombudsman for the Small Business Administration. After leaving that position, she joined Maryland's Public Works Commission.

McDonald and her husband moved to North Carolina in 2004, and she took a position with the state Ports Authority. In 2006, she became the first small-business ombudsman for the North Carolina Department of Commerce.[2]


External links

  • Small Business Ombudsman via North Carolina Department of Commerce

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