Suzanne Smith has been the Executive Director since 1997. She reports to the Board of Directors and manages the two countywide agencies and a staff of fourteen. Suzanne has overall responsibilities for securing and coordinating regional, state and federal funding for projects and programs related to transportation and climate change; managing the Measure M sales tax; overseeing long range planning related to transportation, housing, jobs, and climate change; and collaborating with partner agencies and the public on policy priorities.
Prior to joining the SCTA, Suzanne was the District Director for State Assembly Member Valerie Brown. In that capacity, she focused on such policy issues as transportation, education, and local government. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego. While at UCSD she also studied urban planning. Suzanne received her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.