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Chief Deputy District Director, District 7



As Caltrans District 7 Chief Deputy District Director, Shirley Choate is responsible for assisting the District Director in ensuring the sustainability and livability of the State freeway and highway system in Los Angeles and Ventura counties through planning, construction, operation and maintenance. Choate is also responsible for the oversight of internal operations which includes 2,400 employees in the divisions of administration, construction, design, environmental, external affairs, maintenance, operations, planning, programming/project management and right-of-way.

She is championing innovation in policies and practices for the District and its employees. She is also developing strong partnerships with local and regional agencies.

Choate has worked for Caltrans for over 32 years, including 15 years of executive experience as Districts 2 and 7 Deputy District Director for Program Project Management, acting Division Chief of Transportation Planning and acting Assistant Division Chief of Construction. Her extensive civil service experience includes the planning, designing and constructing of over 150 transportation projects worth over $1 billion in capital outlay program and projects, and overseeing more than $130 million in personnel and operating expense budgets.

Choate’s performance-based approach had significantly improved the delivery of capital outlay commitments and, under her leadership, her program was awarded the 2006 Caltrans’ Capital Delivery Award for “Best Overall Delivery” and the 2008 Caltrans’ “Best Overall Project Management” award.

Choate graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS Civil Engineering in 1982 and has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management in 2002. She is a registered Civil Engineer (Professional Engineer or P.E.) in the State of California and a certified Project Management Professional (P.M.P.).

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