Management & Operations

Calif.'s SANDAG selects new executive director

Posted on September 18, 2018

After a nationwide search, the San Diego Association of Governments Board of Directors hired Hasan Ikhrata, the current executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), as the new leader of the regional agency.

The SANDAG board voted to approve the terms of Ikhrata’s contract. After approval, the board agreed to work on specific performance measures for Ikhrata before he starts on December 3.

“Hasan brings incredible expertise and a new perspective that SANDAG greatly needs,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, a SANDAG Board member and a member of the Board subcommittee that led the recruitment effort. “As we tackle our regional goals of developing a modern transportation system, environmental stewardship and a thriving economy, we are fortunate to have someone of Hasan’s caliber at the helm.”

Ikhrata has been the executive director of SCAG for 10 years. The municipal planning organization is the largest in the nation, covering six counties (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, and Ventura), 191 cities, and 19 million people. Ikhrata’s biographical information can be found here on the SCAG website.

“This is a new and interesting challenge that will provide a great opportunity,” Ikhrata said. “My goal coming in will be to listen and learn. I will need a deep knowledge of all the communities and stakeholders of the San Diego region if I am to do my job — which will be to help all of us build a shared vision for the future and then make that vision a reality.”

As executive director, Ikhrata will be responsible for leading a SANDAG staff of approximately 375 people and overseeing a $1.3 billion annual budget. The executive director reports directly to the Board of Directors, which is composed of 21 elected officials from the region’s 18 cities and the County of San Diego (two each from the County Board of Supervisors and the City of San Diego).

Under the agreement approved by the board, Ikhrata will enter into a three-year contract. Former SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos, who led the agency starting in 2001, retired in August 2017.

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