RTC hires new executive director


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Guy Preston has been hired as the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s new executive director, the agency recently announced.

Preston has more than 28 years of experience in project delivery and construction management in the transportation sector. During his tenure as the Director of Projects and Programming at the Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA), he provided direction and oversight in the development and delivery of over $1.5 billion in federal, state, regional and local transportation programs.

As president and owner of the consulting firm GC Preston, Professional Corporation, he provided project, program and contract management services on more than $1.8 billion in transportation projects.

“Guy Preston has the proven skills and leadership qualities that make him an excellent fit for our Regional Transportation Commission,” said Santa Cruz County Supervisor and RTC Chair John Leopold.

Preston has a degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and is a licensed civil engineer. For the past four years, he has served as Regional Delivery Manager for the California High-Speed Rail Authority where he was responsible for the delivery of high-speed rail infrastructure projects for the $14 billion Northern California region. 

“I am excited to work collaboratively to develop and deliver sustainable transportation solutions to the region,” Preston said.

Preston will replace George Dondero, who is retiring in December.

Preston will enter into a three-year contract with the RTC and will report directly to the Board of Directors. He is expected to start on Dec. 3.


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