Leadership and Staff
Adam J. White is Executive Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, and an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. And he is a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and he has served on the leadership councils for the administrative law sections of both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society. He serves on the board of directors of LandCAN, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservation on private lands; and Speech First, a nonprofit organization that promotes the freedom of speech on college campuses. Before joining the Antonin Scalia Law School and AEI, he was a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Prior to that, he practiced regulatory and constitutional law for Baker Botts and for Boyden Gray & Associates, and he clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He can be reached at: awhite36 [at] gmu [dot] edu
Leah Davenport is the Events & Operations Assistant Director at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School. Leah joined the Gray Center in September 2016. Prior to joining the Gray Center, Leah was a Risk Advisory Consultant at Ernst & Young. Leah is a 2014 graduate of Penn State University, earning a B.A. in Public Relations and a B.S. in Supply Chain & Information Systems. She can be reached at: lvirbits [at] gmu [dot] edu
Molly Doyle is the Communications Assistant Director at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School. She previously worked in marketing communications roles in the health care, nonprofit, and high-tech sectors in both nonprofit and communications agency settings. She is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., where she studied Communications and Marketing.
Tyler Carter is the Program Assistant at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, Antonin Scalia Law School. Prior to joining the Gray Center, Tyler worked as an Office Coordinator at George Washington University, where she helped plan student-focused events in Housing and Residence Life. Tyler is a graduate of Towson University in Towson, Maryland where she earned her B.S. in Public Health and Health Care Management.
Founder and Former Director
Judge Neomi Rao, Former Director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State, founded the Center in 2015 when she was a Professor of Law at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
Judge Rao was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in March 2019. She graduated from Yale College in 1995 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1999. Following graduation, she served as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and, in the 2001 October Term, as law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. Between her clerkships, Judge Rao served as counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. In 2002, she joined the international arbitration group of Clifford Chance LLP in London, England. From 2005-2006, she served as Special Assistant and Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush. From 2006 to 2017, Judge Rao was a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she taught constitutional law, legislation and statutory interpretation, and the history and foundations of the administrative state. In July 2017, she was appointed to serve as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management Budget. She served in this position until her appointment to the D.C. Circuit.