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Transportation Commission Appoints Executive Director

Chair Bob Alvarado has announced the appointment of Susan Bransen as Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission, effective April 1, 2016.

The Commission also acknowledged that Executive Director Will Kempton will be stepping down from his position at the end of March. Members commended Kempton for his leadership and dedication to the Commission, thanking him for his outstanding service to the people of California, and wishing him well in his future endeavors.

As the Commission’s Executive Director, Bransen will report to the 13-member Commission and administer the affairs of the Commission. She will have a major role in affecting the outcome of all policies and actions adopted by the Commission including the programming and allocation of several billion dollars annually for the construction of highway, passenger rail and transit improvements throughout California.

Bransen’s career spans more than 25 years in transportation. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Commission’s Chief Deputy Director, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission, and serving as the chief of staff and policy advisor to the Commission’s Executive Director. In addition to positions held with the Commission, she previously served as the California Department of Transportation’s Director of Audits and Investigations. In this role she was responsible for managing a complex and comprehensive audit and investigative program with responsibility for advising on the integrity of activities performed by a workforce of more than 20,000 and annual expenditures in excess of $12 billion.