Staff List

Executive Staff

Brian P. Kelly

CalSTA Secretary

On July 1, 2013, Brian P. Kelly was sworn in as the first secretary of the new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), which has replaced the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H) with a new agency focused solely on transportation.

 

 

 

 

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Brian C. Annis

Undersecretary

In July 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Brian as Undersecretary. Prior to this appointment, Brian served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation at the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

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Russia Chavis

Deputy Secretary, Budget and Finance

Russia was appointed Deputy Secretary for Budget and Finance in December of 2015. Previously, Russia was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. as the Deputy Secretary for Transportation Safety and Enforcement in September of 2013, after which she served as the acting director to the Office of Traffic Safety.

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Benjamin De Alba

Assistant Secretary for Rail and Ports

In July 2013, Benjamin was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. as Assistant Secretary for Rail and Ports. Prior to joining the Agency, Benjamin served as Special Assistant for the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 2012 to 2013.

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Chad Edison

Deputy Secretary for Transportation

In November 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Chad as Deputy Secretary for Transportation. Prior to his appointment, Chad served the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration as a transportation industry analyst since 2010.

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Carol Farris

Deputy Secretary Policy Coordination

In April 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Carol as Deputy Secretary for Policy Coordination.

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Melissa Figueroa

Deputy Secretary for Communications and Strategic Planning

Melissa was appointed Deputy Secretary of Communications and Strategic Planning in July 2015.

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Alicia M. B. Fowler

Deputy Secretary and General Counsel

In April 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Alicia as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel. In that position, Alicia provides legal counsel and advice on a wide range of issues affecting the Agency and the several departments, authorities, boards, and commissions within the Agency.

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Augustin R. Jimenez

Deputy General Counsel

Augustin provides legal counsel and advice over a wide range of issues affecting the Agency and the several statewide subordinate departments that report directly to the Agency.

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Marcie Kahbody

Deputy Secretary, Agency Chief Information Officer

Marcie has held various positions in the field of information technology with the State of California for the past 25 years.

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Ronda Paschal

Deputy Secretary, Legislation

In July 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Ronda Paschal as Deputy Secretary, Legislation.

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Michael R. Tritz

Deputy Secretary, Audits and Performance Improvement

Michael was appointed to his position when the Agency was created in July 2013, and is responsible for establishing and overseeing the implementation of policies related to audits, investigations and performance-based management throughout the Agency.

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Kate White

Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination

In September 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Kate White as Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination.

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Legal Staff

Alicia M. B. Fowler

Deputy Secretary and General Counsel

In April 2015, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Alicia as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel. In that position, Alicia provides legal counsel and advice on a wide range of issues affecting the Agency and the several departments, authorities, boards, and commissions within the Agency.

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Augustin R. Jimenez

Deputy General Counsel

Augustin provides legal counsel and advice over a wide range of issues affecting the Agency and the several statewide subordinate departments that report directly to the Agency.

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