Toks Omishakin was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom in February 2022. He previously served as Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) since 2019, where he managed a $17 billion budget and nearly 22,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, 20,000 bridges, 400 public-use airports, three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies.
Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. As Caltrans Director, he and the leadership team established the 5 Priorities for the Department in 2019 and, in 2020, finalized a new Strategic Plan with a focus on Caltrans’ foundational principles of Equity, Climate Action and Safety.
Having been immersed in the transportation industry for almost two decades, Secretary Omishakin came to CalSTA and Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), where he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies. As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, he was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.