The National Mediation Board (NMB) is pleased to announce two new Board Members: Mr. Gerald W. Fauth, III and Ms. Kyle Fortson. Mr. Fauth will serve as Chairman of the Board, replacing Mr. Harry Hoglander, who separated from the Board on November 9, 2017. Ms. Linda Puchala remains as a Member of the Board.
Chairman Fauth was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 2, 2017 and assumed his position as a Board Member and Chairman of the National Mediation Board (NMB) on November 9, 2017. Chairman Fauth has 40 years of experience in the private sector and Federal government working on economic, regulatory, public policy and legislative issues related to transportation.
Chairman Fauth has been involved in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, facilitating, supporting or deciding the resolution of hundreds of transportation problems and disputes during his long career. He has submitted expert testimony and evidence on behalf of a wide-variety of clients in numerous proceedings, which has helped resolve complex economic and regulatory issues. Chairman Fauth served at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), where he worked for more than three years as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to a Board Member. While serving at the STB, he reviewed, analyzed and made recommendations on hundreds of formal written decisions, which involved all matters of STB jurisdiction and had an impact on the transportation industry and the national economy.
Chairman Fauth was previously President of G.W. Fauth & Associates, Inc., a transportation economic consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. Chairman Fauth holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is a member of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals.
Board Member Fortson was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 2, 2017. She assumed her position with the National Mediation Board (NMB) on November 13, 2017.
Immediately prior to joining the NMB, Ms. Fortson served as Labor Policy Director at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She worked directly for the Chairman, Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. As Labor Policy Director, Ms. Fortson was responsible for all labor, employment and workplace safety issues in the Committee’s jurisdiction.
During her tenure at the Committee, Ms. Fortson also worked for previous Republican leaders Senator Mike Enzi and Senator Judd Gregg. Prior to joining the Committee, she was a Policy Analyst for the Senate Republican Policy Committee handling labor and other issues. She has also served as Counsel to a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the George Washington University School of Law.
Board Member Linda Puchala was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 2, 2017. This is Ms. Puchala’s fourth term as a Board Member having served as Chairman at the time of her appointment in 2009 and during three more years since then.
The National Mediation Board is an independent Federal agency established by the Railway Labor Act, which governs labor-management relations of nearly 500 railroads and 100 airlines in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and the US territories.