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Chief Deputy Director

Ryan Chamberlain, Chief Deputy Director

Ryan Chamberlain is Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), responsible for overseeing the internal operations for over 20,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $13 billion.

Chamberlain joined Caltrans in 1999 and has extensive experience in the transportation sector spanning Caltrans Headquarters, Caltrans Los Angeles and Orange County districts, and the private sector. He previously served as deputy district director of Planning and Local Assistance in Caltrans Orange County district, partnering with regional and local agencies to develop policy, transportation plans, and provide guidance on a wide range of planning concepts and practices. He then served as the Caltrans Transportation Planning division chief in Sacramento, where he managed a program of approximately 650 positions statewide.

Since 2012, Chamberlain served as Caltrans district 12 director overseeing Orange County’s highway system in a metropolitan area consisting of 17 state highways, 34 cities, and more than 3.1 million people. During that time, Chamberlain was instrumental in building partnerships with the business community, regional transportation agencies, counties and cities. His innovation and leadership resulted in the advancement of key initiatives and projects that will benefit generations of drivers including the I 405 Improvement Project, the second largest highway construction project in California’s history.

Chamberlain has also served on the California Transportation Foundation Board, the Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Foothill and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agencies.

Director Chamberlain graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in environmental studies.

Director Chamberlain and his wife, Jodi, have two children.

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