August 16, 2023

Transportation Corridor Agencies Approve Ryan Chamberlain as New Chief Executive Officer

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) has announced Ryan Chamberlain as its new Chief Executive Officer. The Joint Boards of Directors voted to approve Chamberlain as CEO at its Aug. 10 Board Meeting. His contract begins Aug. 28.

“As an Irvine native, I watched with excitement as the future 241 Toll Road was graded in the 90s and I’m honored to be presented with the opportunity to carry on TCA’s legacy of improving regional mobility,” said Chamberlain. “I look forward to serving the millions of drivers who use The Toll Roads each year to get to work, home or other destinations with ease.”

Chamberlain brings over 25 years of transportation experience in both the public and private sectors. He began his career as a transportation and environmental planner working on large-scale projects throughout California while at Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade and Douglas.

In 1999, Chamberlain joined the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) where he continued his work in transportation and environmental planning, eventually leading and managing the Department’s Transportation Planning Program as Division Chief in Sacramento. In 2012, Chamberlain returned to Orange County as Caltrans District 12 Director until 2018, when he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as Chief Deputy Director for Caltrans overseeing statewide internal operations for over 20,000 Caltrans employees and a budget that exceeded $13 billion.

When Chamberlain’s appointment expired in 2019, he returned to his position as Caltrans District 12 Director responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the state’s transportation system in Orange County, which includes 2,067 lane miles of highway.

Chamberlain graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in Urban Planning.

“Ryan’s excellent track record of fostering strong relationships with stakeholders and regional transportation agencies will be an asset to TCA,” said John Taylor, Chair of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency. "His collaborative approach will benefit the Agencies as we move forward with capital improvement projects and system enhancements that benefit our customers and support regional mobility.”

“We look forward to Ryan building on the Agencies’ recent efforts to increase our bond ratings and intelligently reduce debt,” said Will O’Neill, Chair of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency. “Throughout his career, he has led teams and delivered projects that will positively impact future generations. Ryan’s proven leadership will help drive forward the Agencies mission and goals.”

Chamberlain will replace Interim CEO Valarie McFall. Both will work together to ensure a smooth transition.

The Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) are two joint powers authorities formed by the California Legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County’s public toll road system comprised of the 73, 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads, which represents 20% of Orange County’s highway system.

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