NTSB Adds Two Board Members, Bringing Safety Panel to Full Strength


(In this picture, NTSB five-member board, Tom Chapman, J. Todd Inman (left), Jennifer Homendy (center), Alvin Brown, Michael Gra

​​In this picture, NTSB five-member board, Tom Chapman, J. Todd Inman (left), Jennifer Homendy (center), Alvin Brown, Michael Graham (right).​

​​Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman sworn in

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2024) – Alvin Brown and J. Todd Inman were sworn in as members of the National Transportation Safety Board, filling two vacancies and bringing the non-partisan board to full strength.

The new members were nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the Senate. Brown’s term as a board member is through 2026; Inman’s term runs through 2027. While board member terms are five years, each are filling existing slots.

Brown comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he served as senior adviser for community infrastructure opportunities. From 2011 to 2015, he was mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. Earlier, he served as executive director of the White House Community Empowerment Board and was a senior adviser to former Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Jacksonville University. He also earned a master’s degree from the Duke University Divinity School.

“I’m honored to have been appointed and confirmed to the NTSB and look forward to continue working to improve transportation safety,” Brown said. “The NTSB is the international gold standard.”

Inman was at APCO Worldwide since July 2022. Before that, he served as secretary of the Florida Department of Management Services. He was also a senior adviser and chief of staff to former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. Earlier, Inman was an independent contractor agent for State Farm Insurance Companies and was in the special investigative unit for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance. He was also an instructor for the National Fire Academy regional delivery program of arson detection for first responders. Inman received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

“It is an honor to join the amazing team at the NTSB,” Inman said, who was ceremonially sworn in Monday by former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. “I look forward to working with the other members of the board in the pursuit of safety.”

The NTSB has been functioning with three board members since the departure of Vice Chairman Bruce Landsburg in December. Brown and Inman join Chair Jennifer Homendy and board members Michael Graham and Tom Chapman, bringing the board to its full complement of five members.

“I am pleased to have Alvin and Todd join our board and share their depth of experience in pursuing our mission of keeping people safe in every mode of transportation,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy.​

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