From: Arielle Bourgart []
Sent: Thursday, March 18, 2010 2:45 PM
To: Ortiz, Jon - Sacramento
Subject: Randy Iwasaki


Contact:        Arielle Bourgart

                Director, Government and Community Relations

                Contra Costa Transportation Authority



March 18, 2010

Last evening, the Contra Costa Transportation Authority announced the appointment of Randell ‘Randy’ Iwasaki as its new Executive Director, effective in mid-April. He is currently the Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), having been appointed to that position by Governor Schwarzenegger in August 2009.

As Caltrans Director, Mr. Iwasaki is responsible for the operation of the state’s transportation system and oversees an annual budget of almost $14 billion and a staff of more than 22,000. Prior to his promotion to the position of Director, he worked for 26 years at Caltrans in high-level engineering and management positions, including Chief Deputy Director (2004-2009) and the Director of Caltrans District 4 in the Bay Area from September 2001 to November 2002.

Mr. Iwasaki earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a master’s degree in engineering from California State University, Fresno. 

‘We are very pleased that Randy has decided to accept our offer to become the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority,’ said Authority Chair Robert Taylor on behalf of the Authority board. ‘We are proud that our agency has the reputation for delivery and quality that make it a good fit for a person of Randy’s caliber and qualifications.’

The Contra Costa Transportation Authority was established in 1989, following voter approval of Measure C—a countywide transportation sales tax. Subsequently, the sales tax was renewed by Measure J in 2004. The measure funds highways, local streets and roads, transit and various transportation programs, including growth management/transportation coordination. The agency also functions as Contra Costa’s congestion management agency.