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Laurie Berman

Interim Chief Deputy Director

Laurie Berman, Caltrans Interim Chief Deputy Director

Laurie Berman is currently the Interim Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), responsible for overseeing the internal operations for approximately 19,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $11 billion
Berman was previously the District 11 Director in San Diego, responsible for the daily operation of 1,200 employees and more than 1,000 centerline miles of highway.  Under her leadership and in collaboration with regional stakeholders, a record level of investment in Imperial County infrastructure continues underway with more than $500 million in improvements for the areas highways and roads.
In 2012, Berman served on special assignment for an intensive department program review. She is an integral part of a statewide leadership team that is working to ensure Caltrans will effectively meet growing transportation demands. She shares the vision for a future state transportation system infused with innovation and new technologies that will provide truly multi-modal options to efficiently move people and goods across California.
She was honored as the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Diego’s “Woman of the Year” in 2011. She is a member of WTS and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Berman began her career as a Junior Civil Engineer in bridge construction in Santa Barbara after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University in 1983 and has more than 30 years of experience with Caltrans.

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