Suzanne Smith has been the Executive Director of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority since 1997 and oversaw the creation of the RCPA as a sister agency in 2010. She reports to the Board of Directors and manages the two countywide agencies and a staff of fourteen. Ms. Smith has overall responsibilities for securing and coordinating regional, state and federal funding for projects and programs related to transportation and climate change; managing the Measure M sales tax; overseeing long-range planning related to transportation, housing, jobs, and climate change; and collaborating with partner agencies and the public on policy priorities.
Prior to joining the SCTA, Ms. Smith was the District Director for State Assembly Member Valerie Brown. In that capacity, she focused on such policy issues as transportation, education, and local government. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.