Executive Staff

Elissa Konove

Undersecretary

Elissa Konove was appointed undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) in May 2019. Konove served as deputy chief executive officer at the Southern California Regional Rail Authority since 2015.

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Avital Barnea

Deputy Secretary, Transportation Planning

Avital Barnea was appointed Deputy Secretary for Transportation Planning at CalSTA by Governor Gavin Newsom in July 2019. 

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Garin Casaleggio

Deputy Secretary, Communications and Strategic Planning

Garin Casaleggio was appointed Deputy Secretary for Communications and Strategic Planning at CalSTA by Governor Newsom in September 2019. 

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Stephanie Dougherty

Deputy Secretary, Transportation Safety and Enforcement

Stephanie Dougherty joined the CalSTA team in March 2016.  She previously worked at the California Department of Motor Vehicles since 2008, where she most recently served as the Chief of Enterprise Planning and Performance.

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Chad Edison

Deputy Secretary, Transportation

Chad Edison was reappointed Chief Deputy Secretary for Rail and Transit at CalSTA in September of 2019, where he served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation since 2014. Edison served as Transportation Industry Analyst at the Federal Railroad Administration from 2010 to 2014.

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Bob Franzoia

Senior Advisor, High-Speed Rail Authority

Bob Franzoia has been appointed senior advisor on high speed rail at CalSTA.  Franzoia served as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary in the Office of the Governor from 2015 to 2017.

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Marcie Kahbody

Deputy Secretary, Agency Chief Information Officer

Marcie Kahbody is the Deputy Secretary and Agency Chief Information Officer for CalSTA.

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Darwin Moosavi

Deputy Secretary, Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination

Darwin Moosavi was appointed Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination at CalSTA in August of 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Lori Pepper

Deputy Secretary, Innovative Mobility Solutions

Lori Pepper was appointed the Deputy Secretary for Innovative Mobility Solutions at CalSTA by Governor Newsom in August 2019. 

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Melanie Perron

Deputy Secretary, Legislation

Melanie was appointed Deputy Secretary for Legislation at CalSTA in February 2018.

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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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Vacant

Deputy Secretary, Budget and Finance   

Legal Staff

Alicia M. B. Fowler

Deputy Secretary, 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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