Board Members

Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca,  Chair

Lenny Mendonca is the Chief Economic and Business Advisor to Governor Gavin Newsom of California and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). He is a Senior Partner Emeritus of McKinsey & Company and a Lecturer on Inequality at the Stanford Business School.

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Tom Richards

Tom Richards, Vice Chair

Mr. Thomas Richards is Chair and CEO of The Penstar Group,a Fresno-based real estate investment, development and construction company. His projects have extended from Santa Barbara to the Central Valley, from Sacramento to Bakersfield and in the Inland Empire from Corona to Victorville.

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Ernesto M. Camacho

Ernesto M. Camacho,  Board Member

Ernest Camacho, of Pasadena, founded Pacifica Services, Inc. in 1979 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Pacifica Serves specializes in program, project and construction management services as well as civil and electronic engineering.

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Daniel Curtin

Daniel Curtin,  Board Member

Daniel Curtin, of Sacramento, has served as Director for the California Conference of Carpenters since 2001 and previously held the same position from 1992 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chief Deputy Director for the Department of Industrial Relations. Prior to that, Curtin was a legislative advocate for the California Conference of Carpenters. He has been a champion of more than 100,000 working and retired union members in the carpenter industry. His experience in the California Labor movement began in 1973 when he started as a Union organizer and worked for the California Labor Federation.

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James Ghielmetti

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.

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Bonnie Lowenthal

Bonnie Lowenthal,  Board Member

Bonnie Lowenthal of Long Beach has been a long-serving elected official and is now a board member for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. She has served as a school board member, city councilmember and Vice Mayor prior to her election as a state representative. As a State Assemblymember she represented Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island. Her district included the largest port complex in the nation. She chaired the powerful Assembly Transportation Committee for 5 years, allowing her to build on her previous experience on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority.

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Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller,  Board Member

Nancy C. Miller, of Sacramento, is a Partner at the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. Ms. Miller has over 30 years of experience in providing legal services to numerous public agency and private clients, including cities, counties, local agency formation commissions (LAFCO), special districts, joint powers authorities, transportation commissions, and councils of governments.

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Henry Perea

Henry Perea,  Board Member

Bio coming soon.

Appointed by the Senate.

Lynn Schenk

Lynn Schenk,  Board Member

Lynn Schenk is an attorney and senior corporate advisor. She serves on the Board of Directors of Cambridge, Mass. based Biogen Idec,(NASDAQ BIIB), the Board of Trustees of the Scripps Research Institute, and the Board of the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. In 2006, she completed her term as a commissioner of the California Medical Assistance Commission.

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Ex Officio Board Member

Honorable Dr. Joaquin Arambula

Honorable Dr. Joaquin Arambula

Dr. Joaquin Arambula was elected in April 2016 in a special election to represent California’s 31st Assembly District. Assembly member Arambula now serves the cities of Biola, Bowles, Calwa, Cantua Creek, Caruthers, Coalinga, Del Rey, Easton, Firebaugh, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Monmouth, Orange Cove, Parlier, Raisin City, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, Tranquility and approximately 41% of the City of Fresno.

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Honorable Jim Beall

Honorable Jim Beall

Senator Jim Beall, of San Jose, has served as State Senator for the 15th District since 2012. He previously served in the State Assembly, on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and on the San Jose City Council. Over the course of his career in public service, Senator Beall has amassed over 30 years of expertise and knowledge in transportation, tackling a wide range of road, mass transit, and highway projects.

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Chief Executive Officer

Brian P. Kelly, CEO

Brian P. Kelly, CEO

On January, 16, 2018, the Board of Directors selected Brian P. Kelly as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. He comes to the Authority with a wealth of experience in transportation. Kelly served as the first secretary of the new California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), an agency created in 2013, which focused solely on transportation. At CalSTA, Kelly oversaw eight departments, boards and comissions 38,000 employees and a budget of $18.1 billion – one of the largest portfolios in the State of California.

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