Bob Franzoia was designated Acting Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in July 2019 by Governor Gavin Newsom. As Acting Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 20,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, and fund some of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services.
Since 2017, Franzoia has served as Senior Advisor, High-Speed Rail Authority at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), a cabinet-level agency that includes Caltrans. From 2015-2017, he was Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary in the office of Governor Jerry Brown. Prior to this, he served as a consultant in the Senate Office of Research and Director of Bill Assignments for the Senate Rules Committee from 2012 to 2013. He also served in the Senate Appropriations Committee from 1990 to 2012, including as Staff Director from 2005 to 2012.
Franzoia earned a Master of Science degree in counseling and experimental psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology from California State University, Chico.