Brian P. Kelly, CalSTA Secretary

Brian P. Kelly was sworn in on July 1, 2013, as the first secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), an agency focused solely on transportation policy issues in the State of California.

As Secretary, Kelly oversees one of the largest portfolios in the State of California with more than 38,000 employees and a total budget of roughly $18.1 billion. The California State Transportation Agency includes 7 Departments, Boards and Commissions which address the myriad transportation issues that directly impact the state’s economic vitality and quality of life including public safety, construction and maintenance, and intercity and high-speed rail.

During his tenure as Secretary, the Agency has overseen many notable accomplishments including:

  • Passing Senate Bill 1, the single largest investment in California’s transportation infrastructure;
  • Implementing AB 60, a Department of Motor Vehicles program that allows undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for and receive driver licenses in California;
  • Completing construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, Caltrans is on pace to demolish the old East Span under budget and more than a year ahead of schedule, and;
  • Breaking ground on the first high-speed rail line in the nation, the High Speed Rail Authority is currently in active construction on the Valley to Valley segment of the project.

Prior to his appointment to the Brown Administration, Kelly was at the center of major transportation policy decisions in the state of California for almost two decades, having served as chief transportation policy consultant for four successive Senate President pro Tempores.

Kelly was executive staff director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg from 2008 to 2012. He was executive principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008, principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore John Burton from 1998 to 2004, and assistant consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Bill Lockyer from 1995 to 1998.