Video: Conversation with MTC’s Therese McMillan

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Executive Director Therese McMillan discusses her career and contributions to regional transportation planning in the Bay Area with California High-Speed Rail Authority Northern California Regional Director Boris Lipkin.

In September, McMillan, also Executive Director of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), announced she will retire from both positions on January 31, 2023.

Before returning to head the agencies in 2019, McMillan joined the MTC staff in 1984 as a transportation planner, serving in a series of increasingly responsible positions over the next 25 years, including nine years as MTC’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy before her 2009 appointment by then-President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

McMillan subsequently served as Acting FTA Administrator from March 2014 to March 2016 before returning to California in April 2016 as planning chief for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. During the final six years of her original MTC tenure, McMillan also was an instructor of transportation funding and finance in the Transportation Management graduate program at San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute.

MTC is the transportation planning, funding and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. ABAG is the regional planning agency for the Bay Area's nine counties and 101 cities and towns, and is recognized as the first council of governments in California. MTC will provide details on the upcoming process for recruiting a new executive director as soon as they are available.

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