Staff

Executive

Adam Van de Water, Executive Director

On December 9, 2021, the TJPA Board of Directors unanimously appointed Adam Van de Water as Executive Director. Mr. Van de Water returns to San Francisco after three years as Director of Innovation and Economic Development at the City of Livermore.

Prior to joining the City of Livermore, Mr. Van de Water spent 17 years at the City and County of San Francisco where he led entitlement negotiations for many of the largest public-private partnerships surrounding the Salesforce Transit Center, including the over $1 billion Golden State Warriors new home at Chase Center in Mission Bay; an approximately $500 million expansion to Moscone Convention Center; the 34th America’s Cup; and elements of the 27-acre Mission Rock development at Seawall Lot 337 and Pier 48 with the Port of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants. He also brings infrastructure financing, long-range capital planning, and legislative experience as the former Deputy Director of the Capital Planning Program and a former Legislative Analyst for the Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Van de Water holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and environmental studies from Bowdoin College; a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley; and is on the Board of the International Honors Program, a global, comparative study abroad program focused on cities, climate change, health, food security, and human rights.

An avid cyclist and lifelong transit rider, he looks forward to bringing rail into the already built trainbox of the iconic Transit Center to sustainably connect it to the entire region and state, completing its vision as the Grand Central Terminal of the West.

 

 

Nila Gonzales, Chief of Staff

On January 4, 2022, Ms. Gonzales continued her role as Chief of Staff with the appointment of Adam Van de Water as permanent Executive Director by the TJPA Board of Directors on December 9, 2021. 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.

 

 

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 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 the TJPA Communications and Legislative Affairs Manager, she leads development and execution of the TJPA’s communications and legislative efforts. 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.

 

 

 

 

Engineering

Alfonso Rodriguez, DTX Project Director

Alfonso Rodriguez joined TJPA in July 2021 as the Downtown Rail Extension (DTX) Project Director following a career spanning three decades in the public and private sectors including executive leadership and project management roles.

Mr. Rodriguez is a California licensed Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor experienced in design and construction of a wide variety of projects including subway transit, highways and bridges, and other municipal infrastructure.  Throughout his career he has worked collaboratively with community groups, stakeholders and partnering agencies as well as elected and appointed officials towards developing and constructing projects in urban settings. As a first-generation engineer, he also engages in outreach and mentorship to underrepresented segments of the engineering community through his professional organization involvement.

As Project Director for DTX, Mr. Rodriguez provides leadership to the project delivery team and through collaboration with partnering agencies and stakeholders, is responsible for delivering Phase 2 of the Transbay Program, the Downtown Rail Extension, that will extend Caltrain commuter rail and California’s future high-speed rail service to the Salesforce Transit Center in downtown San Francisco.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facility Operations

Jen Norris, Facility Director

Bio coming soon.

 

 

Security

Rodney Harris, Chief Security Officer

Rodney Harris serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO). Mr. Harris joined the TJPA in December 2017 as the Deputy CSO and became the CSO in February 2020. He is responsible for the Safety and Security Program for the Transbay Program, including physical security operations and emergency management.

Before joining TJPA, Mr. Harris served as the Security Manager for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority-Metrolink, leading 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 49 CFR 1542 (Airport Security). Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science from Troy University and is Board Certified in Security Management – Certified Protection Professional (CPP), and Airport Certified Employee-Security (ACE).

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance/Procurement

Franklin Wong, Chief Financial Officer

On August 12, 2021, the TJPA Board of Directors unanimously appointed Franklin Wong as the Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wong plans, organizes, directs and implements the TJPA’s financial policies and activities, including budget and fiscal reporting, auditing, capital assets, cash management and the financial aspects of real estate and risk management, while working with the Board of Directors and Executive Director on ensuring TJPA’s financial viability.

Prior to joining the TJPA, Mr. Wong worked as the Deputy Director of Finance, Budget and Program Management for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. He has also contributed to project management for the Clipper regional fare payment system, BART’s operating and capital budgeting, and Golden Gate bus and ferry service planning.

Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also holds two master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

 

Hakam Hendi, Financial & Systems Accountant 

Hakam Hendi joined the TJPA in 2017 as a Staff Accountant and was promoted to Financial & Systems Accountant in August 2021.  Before joining the TJPA, Mr. Hendi served as an associate auditor for Ernest & Young in Saudi Arabia.  Prior to that, he served as an accounting supervisor for Royal Jordanian Airlines, where he managed/reconciled major vendors’ accounts and monitored general ledger accounts for the finance department.  With a love for transportation, Mr. Hendi relocated to San Francisco in 2016, and has been able to continue his passion in the transportation industry while working for the TJPA.

Mr. Hendi holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Jordan.

 

 

 

 

 

Davina Vrazia, Accountant II
Davina Vrazia joined the TJPA in February of 2021 following a brief staff accountant position at the TJPA as a contractor from April 2020 to December 2020.

In addition to being a class of 2018 Finance graduate from San Francisco State University, Ms. Vrazia brings over two years of accounting experience to TJPA. She has experience in General Ledger accounting, Account Payables, and Account receivables.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanyi Chen, Accountant
Wanyi Chen joined the TJPA in November 2021. She has finance and accounting experience in affordable housing and the E-commerce industry. Ms. Chen is excited to learn and contribute to the finance team. Ms. Chen has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Mount Holyoke College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administration Support

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).

 

 

 

 

Herschell Larrick, Office Administrator

Herschell Larrick joined the TJPA in July 2021 as the Office Administrator following a role at the City and County of San Francisco’s Commission and Department on the Status of Women, where he simultaneously served as the Executive Management Assistant, Office Manager and Commission Secretary since 2015. As the Office Administrator, he provides administrative support, office management and coordination, and Executive support for the Transbay Program. Mr. Larrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Creighton University.

 

 

 

 

 

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. As the Management Assistant/Interim Board Secretary, Mr. Pollitt supports the Executive team 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TJPA Officers

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

 


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