James C. Ghielmetti, Board Member
James C. Ghielmetti is Chief Executive Officer of Signature Homes, Inc., the Northern California land development and homebuilding firm, headquartered in Pleasanton, California that he founded in 1983. Signature is well known throughout the greater Bay Area and Sacramento regions for its diverse product offerings including residential, mixed-use, commercial and its master planned communities.
Mr. Ghielmetti focused on local transportation issues by chairing the Transportation Committee of the Tri-Valley Business Council, serving on the Alameda County Transportation Authority Expenditure Plan Development Committee, and the Solutions on Sunol Coalition Leadership.
In 2000, Mr. Ghielmetti served on the Governor’s Commission for the 21st Century, a group charged with developing a blueprint for California to follow in addressing transportation, housing, environmental and other issues of the 21st Century.
Mr. Ghielmetti served on the California Transportation Commission from 2003 to 2018. He served as Vice Chair from March 1, 2006 through February 28, 2007 and from March 1, 2011 through February 28, 2013 He served as Chair from March 1, 2007 through February 28, 2008 and March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014.
Mr. Ghielmetti serves on the California Housing Alliance, a new homebuilding advocacy group, which he co-founded in 2017 that advocates for legislative and regulatory reforms that advance increased housing opportunities for all Californians.
Mr. Ghielmetti is currently a member of the Policy Advisory Board for the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Ghielmetti is a graduate of the University of Denver. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, Laurie.
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