California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Contact: Media Relations Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Berman named eighth district director for Caltrans San Diego-Imperial region

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has announced that a former bridge engineer and freeway corridor project manager is the department’s newest district director for San Diego and Imperial counties.

Laurie Berman is the eighth district director to take the helm of the region’s state transportation department dating back to 1933, and the first woman to hold the post.  She is responsible for 1,300 employees and overseeing $1.3 billion worth of highway construction projects and programs in the two-county district.

“These are challenging times for our stakeholders and our employees.  However, with every challenge comes an opportunity,” Berman said.  “We plan to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way, and to continue the tradition of excellence in moving people and goods across California.”

Berman has 26 years of experience with Caltrans, most recently serving as the district’s Chief Deputy Director of Project Delivery.  Her career has also featured duty as the Corridor Project Manager for the State Route 125 South Project, also known as the South Bay Expressway.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.

Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki recently praised Berman for “providing direction on strategic organizational and performance measures for the District.” He noted that her knowledge and experience on issues and policy matters played a critical role to the Department.

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