ABAG, MTC Launch Search for Next Executive Director

Therese McMillan

ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) this month began a nationwide recruitment effort to select the agencies’ next executive director. Current ABAG and MTC executive director Therese W. McMillan in September notified the ABAG Executive Board and MTC commissioners of her intention to retire from both positions on January 31, 2023.

ABAG and MTC selected Sacramento-based CPS HR Consulting, which specializes in executive search and other personnel services for government agencies, to manage the recruitment process. ABAG and MTC expect the next executive director to be an exceptional and innovative leader with an unflappable presence and the ability to meet the Bay Area’s challenges both strategically and tactically. Given the issues facing the region, the next executive director must possess a strong understanding of transportation funding and project delivery; familiarity with regional transportation and land use planning principles associated with demographics, air quality, affordable and market rate housing and housing demand, and natural resource protection; and knowledge of the diverse issues facing urban, suburban and rural areas.

Candidates deemed to have the most relevant qualifications will be invited to interview with the consultant. Following consultant interviews, the most qualified candidates will be referred for interviews with the MTC Selection Committee. CPS prepared a brochure with more information about ABAG and MTC as well as a more comprehensive description of the qualifications the ideal will present. More information about this position also is available on the CPS HR website.