Gov. Jerry Brown’s Excellent New Appointment to CHSRA Board
Today Governor Jerry Brown filled one of the vacancies on the California High Speed Rail Authority board by appointing Katherine Perez-Estolano, a former professor at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development who has a very rich background in transportation and sustainable land use issues. She has also served as Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute of Los Angeles. Perhaps most significantly, she is also a member of the Advisory Board to the US High Speed Rail Association.
Here’s an excerpt from the CHSRA’s press release announcing the appointment:
Katherine Perez-Estolano is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development. She’s also a businesswoman and co-founder of Estolano LeSar Perez (ELP) Advisors LLC, a firm that works with cities, agencies, stakeholders, foundations and business groups to craft strategies and environmentally-friendly solutions to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities that feature strong economic development and transportation policies.
Prior to co-founding ELP Advisors, Perez-Estolano served as the Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles District Council. She was the Vice President of Development for Forest City Development and Executive Director for the Transportation and Land Use Collaborative (TLUC) of Southern California. She also worked on transportation, planning and Latino constituent issues for Pasadena Mayor William Bogaard and served as the city of South Pasadena’s Transportation Manager.
And CHSRA board chair Dan Richard’s comments on her appointment:
“We commend Governor Brown for his appointment of Katherine Perez-Estolano to the Authority Board. Ms. Perez-Estolano possesses outstanding qualifications, with an impressive record of accomplishment in business, local government, and as an educator. She is an expert in transportation planning, land use policy, and transit-oriented development issues, areas at the heart of building a successful high-speed rail project in California. Ms. Perez-Estolano’s experience in fostering community engagement in public policy issues will also be of great value to all Californians. The appointment of Ms. Perez-Estolano will strengthen our efforts to ensure that high-speed rail is built with sensitivity to local issues and with a commitment to sustainable development in the communities we serve. We welcome Katherine Perez-Estolano to the California High Speed-Rail Authority.”
Governor Brown has made an excellent choice in picking Ms. Perez-Estolano. She has deep experience in Southern California transportation and land use issues, brings a Latina perspective to the agency, and is already a high speed rail advocate through her work with USHSR. I have every confidence she will do a great job in overseeing the project and helping advocate for it across the state.