Executive Staff

Brian C. Annis


In January 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed Brian as Acting Secretary.  Prior to this appointment, Brian served as Undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency and prior to that served as Deputy Secretary for Transportation at the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

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Christine Inouye


Christine Inouye was appointed undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency in February 2018.

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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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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

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, Communications and Strategic Planning

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

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Bob Franzoia

Senior Advisor, High-Speed Rail Authority

Bob Franzoia has been appointed senior advisor on high speed rail at the State Transportation Agency.  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 has held various positions in the field of information technology with the State of California for the past 25 years.

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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, 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, 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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Contact Us

The CalSTA office is located at:

915 Capitol Mall, Suite 350B
Sacramento, California 95814

For more information, visit the Agency’s blog at www.calstablog.wordpress.com, or find us on Twitter @ca_trans_agency.

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California has applied for the assignment of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) environmental review responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act. This will enable more efficient environmental reviews and approvals required to advance the high-speed rail program. The FRA is soliciting public comment on the State’s application. For information on reviewing and commenting on the application package, visit the Application for NEPA Assignment page.