Tess Lengyel Announced As New Executive Director

The Alameda County Transportation Commission’s (Alameda CTC) Chair, Richard Valle, who also serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, announced that Tess Lengyel will be Alameda CTC’s new Executive Director. The announcement comes following a national search to fill the position currently occupied by Arthur L. Dao who will retire on December 30, 2019.

Chair Valle said, “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Commission for the many hours put into this national search to find the best possible pool of candidates for us to consider. I am confident that Ms. Lengyel is the right person to lead the Commission into the future.”

Ms. Lengyel has nearly 30 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of major transportation projects, with a keen understanding of transportation policies and issues, and the impacts of transportation infrastructure development on land use, the economy and local communities. She has led some of the most complex and challenging projects and programs undertaken by (or sponsored by) Alameda CTC. Managing an overall annual budget of over $500 million and a staff of 37 full-time employees, Ms. Lengyel will direct:

  • Project delivery and oversight of major and regionally significant transit, roadway and rail
    improvement projects.
  • Development and management of express lanes and electronic tolling systems.
  • Multimodal project and programs implementation, performance evaluation and
    congestion management.
  • Implementation of countywide programs for children, families, seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Countywide planning for short-, medium- and long-term projects.
  • Implementation of Alameda CTC’s Comprehensive Investment Plan, government affairs and
    public relations.
  • All agency administrative, contracting and financial activities.

Ms. Lengyel will also provide agency-wide policy guidance and program evaluations.

Outgoing Executive Director Arthur L. Dao expressed support for Lengyel’s appointment, saying, “Tess is a tremendous leader with a second to none work ethic and a strong consensus building experience. She is more than capable of leading this excellent organization into the new era of transportation planning, funding, and project delivery to improve transportation and mobility throughout Alameda County. She is highly regarded in the transportation industry and has a proven record of getting the job done. The Commission could not have picked a better Executive Director.”

Lengyel, who will transition from her prior Alameda CTC role of Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Policy on December 31, 2019 said, “It is an honor and privilege to serve Alameda County in a new capacity as the Executive Director for the Alameda County Transportation Commission. I look forward to working closely with the Commission, staff, partner agencies, and community and business partners to deliver voter promises and to develop new transportation solutions to meet current and future needs.”


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