Therese Watkins McMillan is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in San Francisco. She also serves as the top executive for the Association of Bay Area Governments. Previous to this role, she was the Chief Planning Officer for the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
No stranger to the Bay Area or to MTC, McMillan worked for 25 years as a member of the Commission Staff and for more than 8 years as MTC’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy. In 2009, she was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in the U.S. Department of Transportation. McMillan subsequently served as Acting FTA Administrator from March 2014 to March 2016 before taking a position as LA Metro’s Planning Chief in April 2016.
McMillan has served since 2012 as a member of the Advocacy Board for the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and was named a Senior Fellow for the 2011-12 academic year at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She received an Alumni Award of Distinction from the U.C. Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies in 2016; a “Women Moving the Nation” Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials in 2013 and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design in 2011.