RTC Board Announces Guy Preston as New Executive Director

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is pleased to announce that, after an extensive search, Guy Preston has been hired as the agency’s new Executive Director.

Preston has over 28 years of experience in project delivery and construction management in the transportation sector. During his tenure as the Director of Projects and Programming at the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA), he provided direction and oversight in the development and delivery of over $1.5 billion in federal, state, regional and local transportation programs. While at SCTA, he also provided day-to-day management of Sonoma County’s $480 million local transportation sales tax measure, similar to Santa Cruz County’s Measure D, and delivered the first 10-years of projects for the measure.

As president and owner of consulting firm, GC Preston, Professional Corporation, he provided project, program and contract management services on over $1.8 billion in transportation projects. He also continued his work with SCTA and strategically leveraged Measure M funds to secure other funding for SCTA projects, including the highway program at a rate of 5:1.

“Guy Preston has the proven skills and leadership qualities that make him an excellent fit for our Regional Transportation Commission,” said Santa Cruz County Supervisor and RTC Chair John Leopold.

“I was impressed with Guy right from our first meeting. He possesses all the core values to lead, inspire, and shape the future of the RTC,” said RTC Vice-Chair Ed Bottorff.

Preston has a degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and is a licensed civil engineer. For the past four years, he has served as Regional Delivery Manager for the California High-Speed Rail Authority where he was responsible for the delivery of high-speed rail infrastructure projects for the $14 billion Northern California region. He will bring a wealth of experience in engineering, public policy, project/programming/construction management, financing and dispute resolution on multi-modal transportation projects to his new role leading the RTC.

“I am excited to work collaboratively to develop and deliver sustainable transportation solutions to the region,” Preston said.

Preston will enter into a three-year contract with the RTC and will report directly to the Board of Directors. He is expected to start on Dec. 3.