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Gary L. Gallegos

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Gary Gallegos is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He is a nationally recognized expert in transportation, land use, regional public policy making and binational planning and diplomacy.

Gallegos leads a staff of approximately 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination and public safety.

Gallegos’ recent accomplishments at SANDAG include overseeing the completion of the Interstate 15 express lanes, a $1.3 billion expressway within a freeway and spearheading the acquisition of the state Route 125 toll road, commonly known as the South Bay Expressway, for $341.5 million.

Prior to joining SANDAG in 2001, Gallegos held the position of District Director for Caltrans District 11, covering San Diego and Imperial Counties. He holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico and is a registered civil engineer.