Staff

Nila Gonzales, Interim Executive Director

On August 18, 2020, the TJPA Board of Directors unanimously appointed Nila Gonzales as the Interim Executive Director. Ms. Gonzales has served as the Chief of Staff since 2010; she joined the TJPA in 2005 as the Office Manager. Prior to joining the TJPA, Ms. Gonzales worked for the City and County of San Francisco as the Mayor’s Director of Scheduling and subsequently for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Before that, she had a successful career with the San Francisco Chronicle.

As a San Francisco native, Ms. Gonzales has devoted her career to serving the City she grew up in. She advocates for innovation while preserving the innate charm and community vibe of the City. The Transbay Program is a dream project for her as it symbolizes the infinite possibilities of her hometown. Ms. Gonzales is personally involved in the community and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Young Women’s Freedom Center/Center for Young Women’s Development.

In her new role as Interim Executive Director, Ms. Gonzales’s purpose is to dutifully lead the TJPA and advance the Transbay Program by delivering the Downtown Rail Extension/Phase 2, in collaboration with the San Francisco Peninsula Rail Program Executive Steering Committee, and operating the Salesforce Transit Center and Salesforce Park in a world-class, cost effective manner in partnership with regional leaders, transit agencies and neighborhood stakeholders.


Erin Roseman,
Chief Financial Officer

Erin Roseman joined the TJPA in March 2019.  She brings 18 years of experience in finance of which 14 years were in local government.  Most recently she was the Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Arlington in Texas with responsibility over budget, treasury, and debt functions.  She holds a Master of Public Administration and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Texas.  Ms. Roseman is an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association and she is also an Officer of the TJPA.

 

 

 

 

 

Lily Madjus Wu, Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager

Lily Madjus Wu joined the TJPA in December 2020 after working with the City and County of San Francisco for over 14 years working on public outreach, communications and government affairs. During her tenure at the City, she worked at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Mayor’s Office of Communications under then Mayor Gavin Newsom and the late Edwin Lee with her last position at the Department of Building Inspection as their Communications Director. She has diverse experience in conducting communications and public outreach as well as government affairs. Ms. Madjus Wu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Sacramento State University and a Master of Public Administration with a focus on Urban and Strategic Management from San Francisco State University. As the Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager, she will lead development and execution of the TJPA’s communications and legislative efforts.

 

 

 

Donald Pollitt II, Management Assistant/Interim Board Secretary

On August 18, 2020, the TJPA Board of Directors unanimously appointed Donald Pollitt II as the Interim Board Secretary. Mr. Pollitt joined the TJPA in 2020 from Hollins Consulting, Inc., a San Francisco-based program management and construction firm where he served as the Communications Specialist. Mr. Pollitt has five years of public relations experience working for award-winning integrated communications agencies, including public agencies. Prior to the TJPA and Hollins Consulting, Inc., Mr. Pollitt served as a Community Relations Specialist for Katz & Associates and co-led the efforts for multiple Bay Area projects including the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s $6.97 billion dollar Sewer System Improvement Program. As the Management Assistant/Interim Board Secretary, Mr. Pollitt supports the Chief of Staff, Executive Director and Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager in advancing the Transbay Program by delivering the Downtown Rail Extension project and operating the world-class Transit Center.

Mr. Pollitt holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Master of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University. In his free time, Mr. Pollitt enjoys running at Kezar Stadium as he is hoping to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games.

 


Rodney Harris
, Chief Security Officer

Rodney Harris joined the TJPA in December 2017 as the Deputy Chief Security Officer and became the Chief Security Officer in February 2020. He is responsible for the Safety and Security Program of the Transbay Program, including overseeing the daily physical security operations at the Transit Center and oversight of the TJPA’s comprehensive security and emergency management programs. Prior to joining TJPA, Mr. Harris served as the Security Manager for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority-Metrolink and he led the efforts on the design and development of Metrolink’s physical security program with over $15 million in federal and state railroad security grants. Prior to Metrolink, he worked in various leadership roles within the Aviation Security industry on the enforcement of CFR 49 Part 1542 (Airport Security). Mr. Harris has had the honor and privilege of serving in a leadership role protecting some of the most significant events, assets, and buildings in the United States which has allowed him to gain specific knowledge in security operations, emergency management, law enforcement operations, security awareness training, and technical fluency in the design, implementation, and management of physical security systems. He has a Bachelor of Science from Troy University, an Airport Certified Employee-Security (ACE), and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

 


John Updike
, Facility Director

John Updike joined the TJPA in May 2020 as Facility Director, with three decades of wide-ranging public service experiences in Arizona and California. He has a deep real estate transaction and facility management background from 20 years at the City of Tucson, AZ, leaving there as the Real Estate Administrator to move to San Francisco. That was followed by 14 years at the City and County of San Francisco, much of that time as Director of Property, overseeing 4,000,000 square feet of assets across a portfolio of over 60 buildings, and advising the Mayor and Board of Supervisors on all real estate transactions.

He is thrilled to have the opportunity to guide this iconic facility after having been a part of the original acquisition program, the financing effort, and helping to develop the vision for the Center’s operations. As a resident of the downtown area, John looks forward to ensuring this property is a best-in-class, vibrant and welcoming transportation and commercial hub for residents, commuters and tourists alike.

A graduate of the University of Arizona in Regional Development, John serves on several Boards that make San Francisco a safer and more sustainable City, and in his spare time enjoys time with family and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers and UofA Wildcats!


Araceli Fierro
, Finance Manager

Araceli Fierro joined the TJPA in September 2008 following a long career with Redwood City, where she started as an account clerk and was successively promoted ultimately to senior accountant.  Ms. Fierro also served briefly as Assistant Controller at the Presidio Trust.  Originally hired as TJPA’s Financial & Systems Accountant, Ms. Fierro took on the additional role of HR Analyst in 2015; she was promoted to Finance Manager in December 2019.

 

 

 

 

 


Dennis Turchon
, Senior Construction Manager

Dennis Turchon joined the TJPA in 2013 after working for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for 25 years. Mr. Turchon worked in various different Caltrans districts throughout the State, with 24 of those years in their construction division. Noteworthy projects in San Francisco that he handled as construction manager are the SFOBB West Approach replacement, the SFOBB West Span superstructure seismic retrofit, the SFOBB South/South detour and most recently the Doyle Drive Replacement (Phase 1). He is a licensed civil engineer in the State of California and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering.

 

 

 

 


Edmond Sum
, Engineering Manager

Edmond Sum joined the TJPA in 2006 from EPC Consultants, Inc., a San Francisco-based program/construction management firm where he practiced as a professional engineer. Mr. Sum has provided technical expertise on major projects for the City and County of San Francisco (DPW’s Bureau of Construction Management and SF International Airport), Bay Area Rapid Transit and the San Diego County Water Authority, among others.

 

 

 

 

 


Ali Talabe
, Physical Security Manager

Ali Talabe joined TJPA in March 2020.  He brings ten years of experience in contract security with a background in IT networks and business administration.

Mr. Talabe began his career working at corporate sites, where he specialized in security and access control systems.  This eventually led to responsible charge positions managing contract security accounts with a focus on operations control centers.

As an active member of ASIS International, Mr. Talabe leverages experience and trends in security worldwide to address the security needs of the unique Salesforce Transit Center.

 

 

 

 

Hakam Hendi, Accountant

Hakam Hendi joined the TJPA in early 2017. He began his accounting career in 2010 at Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Jordan, where he was promoted to senior accountant. His love for transportation made accepting a position in the finance department at the Royal Jordanian Airlines in 2014 an easy decision. Mr. Hendi then joined Ernest & Young in Saudi Arabia as an associate auditor in 2015. In 2016 he relocated to San Francisco; working with the TJPA has enabled him to continue his passion in the transportation industry.

 

 

 

 

 


Davina Vrazia
, Accountant II
Bio coming soon


 

 

 

 

 

 


Anna Tang
, Management Analyst

Anna Tang joined the TJPA in 2020 as a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a previous Staff Accountant at RedAwning, she is able to utilize her financial experience in her new role as a Management Analyst. With a background in Environmental Studies and Economics, she is excited to expand her knowledge on how sustainable infrastructure relates to environmental change. A San Francisco native, Ms. Tang cherishes the opportunity to work in her hometown amongst so many wonderful individuals. She is grateful and excited for the opportunities to come.

 

 

 

 

 


Jason Blick
, IT Director

Jason Blick joined the TJPA as IT Director in February 2019 and brings more than 21 years of Information Technology experience. He came from NetXperts where he was the VP of Engineering focused on day to day operations, overarching project management, vendor relationships and leading their team of engineers. Prior to that Mr. Blick served as a Consulting Systems Engineer for World Wide Technology (WWT) primarily supporting the Kaiser Permanente account from a pre sales perspective positioning, designing and selling network solutions. He holds several Information Technology (IT) certifications including Cisco Certified Network Associate in Wireless (CCNA Wireless), Cisco Certified Network Associate in Routing and Switching (CCNA Routing & Switching), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), Cisco Meraki Network Associate (CMNA), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

 

 

 

 

TJPA Officers

The Officers of the TJPA are the Chair, Vice Chair, Executive Director, Secretary and Chief Financial Officer.

 


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