About the Board

The TJPA Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from the City and County of San Francisco, including the Office of the Mayor, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Board of Supervisors; the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit); the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board-Caltrain, composed of the City and County of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Transit District, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority; the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA); and, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Regular Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 9:30 am in San Francisco City Hall Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102.

All Board meetings are open to the public and are generally televised live on SFGovTV2, cable channel 78.  Live broadcasts can also be viewed online at sfgovtv.org or by clicking on the direct link here. SFGovTV archives include a recording of each meeting, an agenda with links to the specific portion of the meeting, a file containing all closed captions for the deaf from the meeting and an MP3 recording of the meeting. Please check the Meetings page of our website for agendas, minutes, and notice of any cancellations, room changes, or special meetings.

If you would like to contact the Board regarding a future agenda item, please email the Board at info@tjpa.org, indicating the agenda item to which your comment applies. The Board appreciates receiving your comments no later than close of business the day before the meeting to ensure timely review and consideration of all comments submitted. Additionally, if you would like to provide correspondence regarding a matter that is not on a meeting agenda but within the Board’s jurisdiction, you may provide the correspondence via email to info@tjpa.org or via mail to 425 Mission Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Board of Directors

Jeff Gee, Chair
Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board Representative

Jeff Gee was appointed to the TJPA Board by the Joint Powers Board (Caltrain) in December 2015.  He has represented the City of Redwood City, and San Mateo County by serving on several regional public agency committees and boards, including his appointments as a Director and Past-Chairman of the San Mateo County Transportation District (SamTrans) Board of Directors; a Director on the Joint Powers Board (JPB) which oversees Caltrain, Past-Chairman of the San Francisco Airport Community Roundtable; and Past-Chairman of Commute.org, San Mateo County’s transportation demand management organization.

Jeff served two terms on the Redwood City Council.  He was elected to his first term in 2009, served as Redwood City’s Mayor in 2014 and 2015, and served as Vice Mayor in 2012 and 2013.




Rafael Mandelman
Vice Chair
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Representative

Rafael Mandelman was appointed to the TJPA Board by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in March 2021.

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Elaine Forbes
Office of the San Francisco Mayor Representative

Elaine Forbes was appointed to the TJPA Board by the San Francisco Mayor in February 2020. She leads the Port to responsibly manage the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class city and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities to serve the City, Bay Area region, and California.

At the recommendation of the Port Commission, Mayor Edwin Lee appointed Elaine Forbes Executive Director of the Port on October 12, 2016. Elaine is one of 12 women Port Directors in the United States.  Before her appointment as Executive Director, she served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration for the Port for six years.

Prior to joining the Port, Elaine held executive management and leadership positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco International Airport. She also worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst’s Office providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues.

Before beginning her tenure with the City and County of San Francisco in 2000, she worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland. She also has worked for several non-profit land use policy and economic development organizations including the Urban Strategies Council and the California Budget Project.

Elaine holds a Master’s degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Community and Economic Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Mills College in Oakland. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was born in San Francisco and resides in the Castro neighborhood with her partner.

Alicia John-Baptiste
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Representative

Alicia John-Baptiste was appointed to the TJPA Board by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in February 2021. She is the president and CEO of SPUR. She is responsible for defining the overall vision and strategy for the organization. Alicia served for three years as SPUR’s deputy director, overseeing policy and strategic initiatives and running the organization day to day. Prior to joining SPUR, she held senior public administration and public policy roles for the City and County of San Francisco, including chief of staff positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

She holds a Masters degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University.




Boris Lipkin 
California High-Speed Rail Authority Representative

Boris Lipkin was appointed to the TJPA Board by the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) in May 2018. He was appointed Northern California Regional Director for the Authority by Governor Edmund G. Brown in the summer of 2018. As the Northern California Regional Director, Boris is leading the planning and delivery of the high-speed rail program in the Northern California region.

Boris previously served in several roles with the high-speed rail program since 2011. Before being appointed as Northern California Regional Director, Boris had served as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning where he led the Strategic Initiatives Office. In that role, Boris worked to develop the Authority’s business plans and led efforts to gain access to more than $3 billion in state bond funds for Caltrain’s Electrification Project and high-speed rail construction in the Central Valley. Prior to joining the Authority, Boris was a Consultant with the Strategic Consulting practice at Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP) where he helped clients resolve complex funding, policy, commercial, and strategic challenges.



Sarah Syed
AC Transit Representative

Sarah Syed was appointed to the TJPA Board by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) Board of Directors in June 2023.

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Jeffrey Tumlin
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Representative

Jeffrey Tumlin was appointed to the TJPA Board by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors in February 2020.

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Dina El-Tawansy (ex-officio)
State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Representative

Dina El-Tawansy was appointed to the TJPA Board by the State Department of Transportation in January 2021. She has 23 years of service with Caltrans, and her leadership experience spans three Caltrans Districts and multiple Divisions. Her most recent assignment has been the Acting District Director, Caltrans District 4, Bay Area. Prior, she served as Chief Deputy District Director for Caltrans District 4. While much of her career has been in District 4 and District 7, Los Angeles, Dina also served in District 12, Orange County, as the Deputy District Director of Operations and Maintenance.

As District 4 Director, Dina manages a $2 billion budget of inhouse and oversight investments and leads nearly 3,500 staff. She remains focused on implementing the Department’s new Mission, Vision and Goals, building and strengthening partnerships, and continuing to work towards multimodal, safe and reliable transportation solutions that equitably serve all people of the Bay Area.

Dina possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master of Science degree from Long Beach State University in Construction Management. She is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Management Professional (PMP).



Alternate Directors:
David Ambuehl for State Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Tilly Chang for San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Morgan Galli for California High-Speed Rail Authority
Murphy McCalley for Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
Jonathan Rewers for San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

Board Policies

Policy No. Board Policy Category Date Approved or
Last Amended
001 Procurement Financial Matters 4/14/2022
002 Protest Financial Matters 1/3/2012
003 Budget Financial Matters 11/9/2017
004 Equal Employment Opportunity / Non-Discrimination Workplace Matters 9/16/2004
005 Drug Free Workplace Workplace Matters 9/16/2004
006 Credit Card Financial Matters 12/16/2004
007 Internal Accounting Control Financial Matters 4/8/2005
008 Travel, Conference and Business Expense Financial Matters 11/17/2005
009 Investment Financial Matters 11/18/2021
010 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan Financial Matters 9/13/2012
011 Labor Representation Workplace Matters 7/20/2006
012 Reserve Financial Matters 11/10/2022
013 Authorities Relating to Administration of Real Property Real Estate 11/10/2022
014 Capitalization Policy for Capital Assets Financial Matters 11/10/2022
015 Small Business Enterprise Program Plan Financial Matters 9/13/2012
016 Advertising Financial Matters 5/10/18
017 Debt Management Financial Matters 11/10/2022
018 Retail Leasing Real Estate 10/12/17
019 Write-Off Financial Matters 12/10/20
020 Unsolicited Proposals Financial Matters 1/13/22
021 Capital Improvement Plan Financial Matters 11/10/22