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District 12 Director

Caltrans District 12 Acting Director

Ryan Chamberlain

Caltrans Director - District 12


As District Director, Ryan is responsible for planning, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining the State transportation system in Orange County, a metropolitan area of 798 square miles, 34 cities, approximately 3.1 million people, and is crisscrossed by 17 state highway routes.  District 12 maintains and operates 277 route and 2,067 lane miles of highway as well as 268 directional miles of full time High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) or carpool lanes, one of the largest HOV lane networks in California.

When appointed to District Director on September 7, 2012 Ryan stated, “Having been born and raised in Orange County, I have seen the County grow and mature into the economic hub that it is today, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come home and work with our many public and private sector partners and stakeholders in continuing to improve mobility and safety for all travel modes throughout California.”

Ryan joined the Department of Transportation in 1999 and has held positions in Local Assistance, Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning. He has extensive experience in the transportation sector that includes Caltrans headquarters, Districts 7 and 12, and in the private sector. As Deputy District Director of Planning and Local Assistance in District 12, Ryan worked cooperatively with regional and local agencies in developing partnerships, policy, transportation plans, and provided guidance on a wide range of planning concepts and current practices. Most recently, Ryan served as the Caltrans Division Chief of Transportation Planning in Sacramento where he managed a program of approximately 650 positions statewide predominantly under Project Studies, Systems and Goods Movement, State, Regional, and Local Planning. Prior to joining Caltrans, Ryan worked on environmental compliance and geospatial mapping at Parsons Brinkerhoff in Orange.

Ryan graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies and considers himself a lifelong learner who embraces innovation in both his professional and personal life. Ryan and his wife Jodi have two children.