Jaime de la Vega
Senior Vice President
Jaime de la Vega brings over two decades of senior level experience working in and for the public sector on all aspects of transportation, including high profile and controversial procurements. His career has focused on developing and implementing viable solutions for highly complex problems involving technical, operational, management, financial, legislative, communications, and political factors. Mr. de la Vega’s unique experience in elected offices, on legislative boards, and as a chief executive officer provides deep strategic insight into the decision making and approval processes at local and regional transportation agencies.
From 2011-2013, Mr. de la Vega led and managed the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), an operating department with an annual budget of $450 million and 3,000 employees (2,000 staff and 1,000 contract). He was chief executive officer and worked extensively with the Mayor, City Council, and their respective staff.
In addition, Mr. de la Vega held a number of other senior level transportation positions in local government, including: Deputy Mayor for Transportation, City of Los Angeles; director, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro/MTA) Board of Directors; and director, Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) Board of Directors. He has worked for three citywide elected officials, serving as the chief advisor, strategist, and implementer for Los Angeles mayors Antonio Villaraigosa (surface transportation and aviation) and Richard Riordan (surface transportation). Mr. de la Vega also was budget director for Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo; was a policy advisor and spokesperson for Riordan’s California gubernatorial campaign; and worked as a consultant providing strategic and policy advice to various public sector clients.
In his prior roles, Mr. de la Vega has helped shape local, state, and national transportation policy, including: Measure R (2008), a new voter-approved transportation sales tax in Los Angeles County; the addition of transit and signal synchronization funding in California’s Proposition 1B (2006); and the America Fast Forward legislation approved by Congress (2013) that dramatically expanded a federal loan program for transportation infrastructure.
Mr. de la Vega has a Master of Arts, Urban Planning from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies, summa cum laude from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).