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Dara Wheeler

Chief of Staff

Dara Wheeler, Caltrans Chief of Staff

Dara Wheeler is the Chief of Staff since 2013. She is responsible for supporting the directorate on issues and policy matters critical to the Department, providing direction in developing policies for the strategic organizational and performance metrics for Caltrans, as well as managing the daily activities of the Director's Office and the Office of Strategic Management.

Ms. Wheeler has been a State of California employee for over 22 years, starting her career in 1991 with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. She served in the Wilson and Schwarzenegger administrations and worked for legislative leadership. She joined Caltrans in 2000 with the Division of Transportation Planning, having served different functional areas including regional planning, blueprint planning, financial management of federal and State transportation planning funds, and has worked successfully with California's metropolitan planning organizations, regional transportation planning agencies, the California Association of Council of Governments and the Rural counties Task Force. She also played a key role in implementing MAP-21, creating a MAP-1 working group, and developing MAP-21 implementation forums.

Ms. Wheeler is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

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