Deputy Director of Administration
Aaron Ochoco was appointed Deputy Director of Administration on May 18, 2020. In this position, he is responsible for the administrative functions of Caltrans, which include human resources; labor relations; learning and development; equal employment opportunity; procurement and contracts; office of facility operations and planning; statewide security operations; statewide resource management for Administration; and business services. The Administration Program provides services and consultation to staff both in Headquarters and throughout Caltrans' twelve (12) districts.
During his 24 years of state service, Aaron has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in Training & Development and Personnel Management. Aaron began his state career with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), working in multiple field offices and promoting to a DMV Training Officer prior to coming to Caltrans. In 2006, Aaron joined Caltrans District 11, San Diego, to ultimately become the District 11 Training Manager. In 2013, Aaron completed an acting assignment as Administrative Branch Supervisor for the Headquarters Division of Maintenance.
While in the Division of Administration, Aaron has served in various leadership roles in Labor Relations, Discipline Services, Employee Health and Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention, the Office of Driver Certification and Substance Testing, and as the Acting Deputy Director of Administration for District 7. In 2017, Aaron promoted to his most recent position as the Division Chief of Safety and Management Services where he was responsible for the department’s review of our Leadership Program, playing a key role in the growth and development of future Caltrans leaders. Aaron brings an abundance of experience, a customer service focus, and many valuable partnerships to this position. His vision of the Administration Program’s role in strategic talent management is one where all employees feel valued, are fully engaged, and take pride in their work, in supporting Caltrans’ Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values.