District 7 - Divisions - Executive Biographies

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Executive Photo CARRIE BOWEN
District Director

As Director of the California Department of Transportation District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties), Bowen is responsible for planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the State freeway and highway system in the region. She oversees a construction program of more than $1 billion, a...

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Executive Photo SHIRLEY CHOATE
Chief Deputy District Director, District 7

As Caltrans District 7 Chief Deputy District Director, Shirley Choate is responsible for assisting the District Director in ensuring the sustainability and livability of the State freeway and highway system in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through planning, construction, operation and maintenance....

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Executive Photo MARK ARCHULETA
Deputy District Director of Construction

As Deputy District Director for the California Department of Transportation, District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties), Mr. Archuleta is responsible for managing and overseeing the work of over 325 employees who are administering a $2.3 billion construction program in District 7. He has been in...

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Executive Photo JERREL KAM
Deputy District Director of Design

Jerrel Kam is the District 7 Deputy District Director of Design responsible for the planning and management of the District’s highway design program within the boundaries of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. He is responsible for the work of over 300 employees in the development of plans, specifications,...

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Executive Photo RONALD KOSINSKI
Deputy District Director of Environmental Planning

As Deputy District Director for Environmental Planning, Mr. Kosinski has provided valuable environmentally oriented leadership to the agency for more than four decades. He credits the dedication, knowledge and skills of his staff in responding to public guidance and moving mobility improvements through...

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Executive Photo DUNCAN MCINTOSH
Deputy District Director of Administration

A native Californian, Duncan McIntosh was appointed the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 7 Deputy District Director for Administration on January 1, 2009. This position oversees several areas of District business operations, including Budgets, Business Management...

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Executive Photo ANDREW NIERENBERG
Deputy District Director of Right Of Way

Andrew P. Nierenberg, District 7 Deputy District Director of Right Way, serves as the single focal point for Right of Way activities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

As the Deputy District Director of Right of Way, Mr. Nierenberg is responsible for the appraisal and acquisition...

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Executive Photo BLANCA RODRIGUEZ
Deputy District Director of External Affairs

Blanca Rodriguez is the Caltrans District 7 Deputy District Director of the External Affairs Division responsible for the offices of Media Relations and Public Affairs, Governmental and Legislative Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity Program, and Graphics Services. The Division...

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Executive Photo GARY SLATER
Deputy District Director of Planning

Gary Slater was appointed as District 7 Deputy District Director for the Division of Transportation Planning and Local Assistance in May 2015. Mr. Slater works with regional partners, elected officials, stakeholders and the public to articulate the vision of transportation while laying the groundwork...

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Executive Photo ROBERT SO
Deputy District Director of Program/Project Management

The Deputy District 7 Director for Program/Project Management (PPM), also known as the Single Focal Point (SFP), is responsible for the District's capital project delivery and the Capital Outlay Support (COS) program. The SFP oversees 77 staff in the following areas: program management, project management,...

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Executive Photo DEBORAH WONG
Deputy District Director of Maintenance

As Deputy Director of Maintenance, Ms. Deborah Wong, P.E., oversees a division of 1,100 people responsible for the care and upkeep of District 7's highway and freeways, including everything from pavement patching and vegetation control to rock blasting and sinkhole repair. The division works around...

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Executive Photo ALI ZAGHARI
Deputy District Director of Operations

Mr. Zaghari is responsible for traffic operations and safety of the 915 miles and 273 miles of the State Highway System in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, respectively. Under his leadership, he employs effective partnership and innovation strategies in traffic operations to embrace...

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Phone: (213) 897-3656
Fax: (213) 897-3836

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
District 7
100 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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