California Department of Transportation
 

Workgroup 5 - Communication

  • Purpose and Goal
    • Workgroup #5 will tackle the broad recommendation #8 in the SSTI report, which calls on the department to “communicate more effectively.”
      • Workgroup #5 will develop and recommend strategies to improve how the department does the following:
        • Tells the Caltrans story of how it achieves safety, mobility and sustainability
        • Communicates around newly-adopted performance metrics
        • Delivers news thoroughly, honestly and timely
        • Engages partners early and often on department proposals, objectives and projects
  • Membership
    • Gareth Lacy, CalSTA Deputy Secretary for Communications and Strategic Planning (lead)
    • Ronda Paschal, CalSTA Deputy Secretary for Legislation
    • Alex Barnum, CalEPA Deputy Secretary for Communications and External Affairs
    • Dara Wheeler, Caltrans Chief of Staff (lead)
    • Tamie McGowen, Caltrans Assistant Director Public Affairs
    • Melanie Perron, Caltrans Assistant Director Legislative Affairs
    • Basem Muallen, Caltrans Director, District 8
    • Advisor:  Eric Sundquist
  • SSTI Recommendations to be Addressed
    • 2.4 Caltrans, with CalSTA, should review legislatively mandated reports and propose discontinuing many of them.
    • 8.1 Caltrans should communicate around the performance metrics that are used to monitor progress against organizational goals.
    • 8.2 To effectively communicate on performance, Caltrans should develop capacity in “performance journalism.”
    • 8.3 Caltrans should work to ensure its communications with local stakeholders are genuine and two-way.
  • Workgroup 1 – Performance Management and Human Resources
  • Workgroup 2 – Smart Investment and Resource Alignment
  • Workgroup 3 – Strategic Partnerships
  • Workgroup 4 – Innovation, Design Flexibility and Risk Management
  • Workgroup 5 - Communication