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Deputy District Director of External Affairs



Blanca Rodriguez is the Caltrans District 7 Deputy District Director of the External Affairs Division responsible for the offices of Media Relations and Public Affairs, Governmental and Legislative Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity Program, and Graphics Services. The Division is responsible for the Small Business Outreach Program, Public Records Act requests and the Executive Office Support.

Blanca is a 20-year Caltrans veteran and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to her current position in November 2015. Prior to that, she served for one year in an acting capacity as Deputy District Director of the External Affairs Division.

In this role, she oversees external communications between Caltrans and the media, elected officials, local agency officials, regional transportation partners, community groups and the general public. In her daily work, the division is also responsible for many methods of public outreach including Caltrans District 7 events to promote public awareness of the department’s work to improve transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, through social media, blog posts, news releases, Twitter feeds, internal/external website, video productions, photography and other graphic and visual arts products.

Within Caltrans, Blanca also oversees internal communications, activities and events to promote employee commitment to provide excellent customer service to our internal and external customers and adhere to Caltrans’ commitment to diversity in the workplace and to Caltrans’ mission, vision and goals.

Since 1996, Blanca has demonstrated skills and leadership abilities in previous assignments in Caltrans Sacramento Headquarters as Assistant Division Chief, Project Management Division; Acting Deputy Director, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity; and Branch Chief, Capital Outlay Support Program, Statewide Resources.

The diverse External Affairs Division has many roles and methods of providing information and resources to Caltrans customers, with the primary overall objective to ensure equal access to government services and information and non-discriminatory policies and procedures for all employees, contactors, vendors and customers.

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