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Director of the California Department of Transportation District 7 (Los Angeles and Ventura counties), is responsible for planning, construction, operation and maintenance of the State freeway and highway system and oversees 2,500 employees.

Bowen began her current assignment in August 2013 when the previous director retired. She provides oversight to all divisions including administration, construction, design, environmental, external affairs, maintenance, operations, planning, project management and right-of-way.

Most recently, Bowen was the District 10 Director (Stockton), appointed in January 2011, and has worked for Caltrans for approximately 30 years. She began her career with Caltrans as an Associate Environmental Planner preparing complex environmental documents. Bowen rose to the position of Deputy District Director for the Central Region Environmental Division overseeing Caltrans' environmental work in 20 counties and staff in four districts. During this time Caltrans prepared for the implementation of NEPA delegation and Bowen was instrumental in its success.

In June 2009 Bowen was on loan to the California High Speed Rail Authority as Central California Regional Director, advising and assisting the CEO. As the focal point for regional high-speed rail project issues she met with state, regional and local elected officials, planning organizations and the general public to resolve problems and efficiently implement project objectives and build strategies for communicating with local advocates to foster their continued involvement and support.

In addition to working at Caltrans, Bowen also served on the staff of then-Assemblyman Jim Costa from 1985 until 1991, advising the assemblyman on a variety of key Central Valley issues including transportation projects and high-speed rail.
Her vision for the future of transportation is to build strong relationships with local partners; utilize the skills and knowledge acquired through 30 years of diverse experience, including skills to creatively resolve issues, motivate employees, manage tasks and deliver a successful program; and continue to strive to improve the quality of California’s transportation systems, improve and enhance the environment and support smart growth and sustainable approaches to resolve our infrastructure needs.

On a personal note, Bowen has been actively involved in improving education. She served as School Site Council Chairman from 1995-2000 and was appointed to the State Center Community College District-Bond Oversight Committee in 2005-2009. She was appointed to the California Oil Spill Technical Advisory Committee and served from 1997-2000.


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