Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Tamika Butler, Esq. to a four-year term on the California Transportation Commission (CTC). Butler is Toole Design’s Director of Planning for California and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Appointments to the CTC are subject to confirmation by the California State Senate.
“I am honored to be considered by Governor Newsom for this role in setting the state’s transportation agenda,” said Tamika. “He clearly recognizes the impact that transportation investments have on issues about which Californians are passionate, including the environment, housing, and sustainability. I am looking forward to using my background and experience at the intersection of transportation, land use, and community engagement to the work of the CTC.”
Established in 1978, the CTC is responsible for transportation programming and funding for transportation improvements throughout the state. The 11-member commission also advises the California State Transportation Agency and the legislature on policy and planning for transportation programs.
A civil rights attorney with a diverse background in law, nonprofit leadership, and community engagement, Tamika brings a unique perspective to the intersection of transportation, equity, community, and shared values. At Toole Design, Tamika leads planning and engagement processes for planning projects, and guides our internal efforts to become a more diverse, inclusive workplace that employs people of all backgrounds.
Prior to her role at Toole Design, she was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and before that, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. She has written and spoken extensively on transportation, public health, and equity.
If confirmed, Tamika will uphold the highest ethical standards regarding potential conflicts of interest in her work as a CTC commissioner.
“The work of the Commission affects the daily lives of every Californian,” said Tamika. “I’m ready to contribute to California’s continued leadership in transportation policy that sets an example for the rest of the country.”