February 23, 2024
The SANDAG emblem on a display on the regional planning company’s headquarters. Picture by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego Affiliation of Governments’ Board of Administrators unanimously accredited the appointment of SANDAG’s Deputy CEO, Coleen Clementson, to guide the regional company because the interim CEO Friday.

Clementson will start serving as interim CEO in January 2024. The present CEO, Hasan Ikhrata, has led SANDAG since 2018, and his final day is December 29.

“I’m thrilled that there was unanimous assist for Ms. Clementson to function our interim CEO,” SANDAG and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas mentioned in a press release. “With so many initiatives within the pipeline, she is precisely the chief we have to hit the bottom working.

“Ms. Clementson understands SANDAG and the wants of our communities,” Vargas mentioned. “She is dedicated to finishing up our imaginative and prescient to empower and uplift neighborhood members by means of investments in our area’s infrastructure that assist individuals get to the locations that matter most.”

As deputy CEO, Clementson’s work includes overseeing neighborhood engagement, an $800 million capital enchancment program and the implementation of the Regional Plan, in line with the company.

Clementson is an alum of UC San Diego and recurrently lectures and mentors fellow Tritons. Not too long ago, UCSD awarded her with their most prestigious award, Excellent Alumna.

SANDAG employed a recruitment agency, CPSHR, which is internet hosting the general public conferences to collect “enter and suggestions in regards to the scope of obligations and priorities for the SANDAG CEO function, and to establish the {qualifications}, expertise and key management competencies which are anticipated of the person chosen for the place,” a press release from the agency learn.

SANDAG CEO Hasan Ikhrata submitted his discover to the Board of Administrators in July.

“I got here to SANDAG nearly 5 years in the past to reinvigorate this group and reimagine a brighter future for the San Diego area,” he mentioned. “Collectively, with the wonderful SANDAG staff, we’ve finished simply that, tackling longstanding points corresponding to transit to the airport, the falling Del Mar Bluffs, constructing a 3rd crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the necessity totally free transit, extra bikeways and housing.

“Our daring imaginative and prescient has garnered assist from federal and state funding businesses, with greater than $1 billion in investments coming to the area,” Ikhrata mentioned. “Because the company begins its subsequent chapter, that is the best time at hand over the management reins.”

Ikhrata, who took over as head of the regional transportation planning company in 2018, usually discovered himself in political controversy, most prominently when he mentioned a price for miles pushed — a street utilization cost. This put him within the crosshairs of leaders from north county and rural east county.

Throughout Ikhrata’s tenure, greater than $1 billion in funds have been awarded for initiatives all through the San Diego area.