California High-Speed Rail Authority Appoints New Executives

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has appointed Thomas Post as director of engineering and Alice Rodriguez as deputy director of external affairs.  

In his new position, Post, who has more than 34 years of experience in the transportation and construction fields, will be responsible for ensuring that engineering elements of the program are delivered within scope, quality standards, budget and schedule. Before joining the Authority, he served as an operations manager at Jacobs Engineering Group’s Northern California infrastructure portfolio. He also worked 18 years with the California Department of Transportation and 16 years for private engineering and consulting firms. Post will begin his new position on September 18, 2017.

“The addition of Thomas as the director of engineering to the high-speed rail program will provide essential knowledge and expertise as we continue our transition from planning to delivery of the nation’s first high-speed rail system,” stated Thomas Fellenz, the Authority’s interim CEO. “His experience with major infrastructure projects in both the private and public sector will be invaluable.” 

Rodriguez, who began her role as deputy director of external affairs on September 11, will be responsible for stakeholder outreach and strengthening relationships with the communities surrounding the project’s alignment. She has served as the Authority’s Small Business advocate for the past two years where she managed a program to ensure that 30 percent of high-speed rail work goes to small businesses. Rodriguez has more than 12 years of state experience in public outreach and stakeholder engagement, including seven years with California Volunteers. 

“High-speed rail is committed to building strong relationships with stakeholders and providing them with timely information about the progress of the program,” stated Fellenz. “Alice has been an integral part of this effort for the past few years, building strong relationships with the small business community and public at large. I’m very excited to have her continue with us in this new role.”