Randy Iwasaki announces retirement from position of executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority

Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) executive director Randell H Iwasaki, known to many as Randy, has announced his intention to retire from his position. Iwasaki has held the post for 10 years and is a well-known figure across the transportation industry in the USA.
During his tenure at the Californian agency Iwasaki (left) has overseen major infrastructure improvements such as Highway 4 and the Caldecott Fourth Bore projects, while simultaneously pursuing innovative ways to improve mobility in the future. CCTA has also become a leader in advancing new technology to solve real challenges faced by residents.
Other notable achievements include establishing the nation’s largest secure, connected and automated vehicle proving grounds, securing legislation to pilot the first low-speed, multi-passenger, shared autonomous vehicles that are not equipped with a steering wheel, brake pedal, accelerator or operator on public roads in California, and more recently winning two nationally competitive grants to deploy innovative transportation technology from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT).
“It is with a range of mixed emotions that I announce Randell Iwasaki’s (Randy’s) retirement from his successful and accomplished career at the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA),” said CCTA board chair Julie Pierce in a statement. “I am sad Randy will retire as CCTA’s executive director effective December 26, 2020; yet, I am immensely proud of the goals, recognition and innovations CCTA achieved in the 10 years Randy has been at the helm of the authority, and extremely grateful for the leadership Randy has demonstrated while managing this agency. His vision, as well as his ability to create, guide and inspire a remarkable workforce resulted in a small but mighty team who has made significant advances to improve mobility in Contra Costa County.

“Throughout his tenure as executive director, Randy has ensured CCTA remains a responsible and prudent steward of public funds. For eight years in a row the agency’s management of sales tax dollars has been recognized with the coveted Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. Last year, the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association also honoured CCTA with a Silver Medal Award for Good Government.

On behalf of the CCTA Board, I’d like to express our gratitude for Randy’s extraordinary role in delivering so many projects aimed to strengthen the economy, protect the environment and enhance Contra Costa County’s transportation system. In the 10 years he has served as executive director, he has accomplished much to improve the quality of life for our residents. We thank Randy for his dedication to this agency, and wish him all the best in his new adventures.”

The CCTA Board has appointed a sub-committee of the board to lead the search for the agency’s next executive director.

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