Executive Leadership & Senior Staff

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MTC’s Executive Leadership & Bios

Andrew B. Fremier, Executive Director

Phone: 415-778-5240
Email: afremier@bayareametro.gov

Andrew Fremier is MTC Executive Director, assuming the agency's top staff position on February 22, 2023. He also serves as the top executive for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).

In his previous role as Deputy Executive Director for Operations, Mr. Fremier also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), supervising administration of all toll revenue from the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges. This revenue is used to fund day-to-day operation, maintenance and administration of the bridges.

Mr. Fremier also managed MTC’s Design & Project Delivery, Electronic Payments, Facilities & Contract Services, Field Operations & Asset Management, and Technology Services sections. In this capacity, he oversaw the Bay Area’s 511 traveler information system, the Bay Area Express Lanes network, the Clipper® electronic transit-fare card program and the FasTrak® electronic toll collection system.

He has served as staff liaison for the Bay Area Headquarters Authority and the Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority.

Prior to joining MTC, Mr. Fremier served as the Chief Deputy District Director for Caltrans District 4. A licensed civil engineer, he held a variety of positions during his 20 years at Caltrans, including leading the Toll Bridge and Highway construction program, and developing the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program.

Mr. Fremier is president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association for 2023, and is a former chair of the California Toll Operators Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Andrew B. Fremier.

Alix Bockelman, Chief Deputy Executive Director

Phone: 415-778-5250
Email: abockelman@bayareametro.gov

Ms. Bockelman was appointed to the new position of Chief Deputy Executive Director for MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments, effective July 1, 2023.

In her previous role as the Deputy Executive Director of Policy, she oversaw departments responsible for:

  • Strategic financial planning and MTC’s management of federal, state and regional fund sources for transit, highways, roadways and other modes
  • State and federal legislative advocacy, and public affairs and community outreach
  • Planning, including the Bay Area’s long-range regional transportation and land use plan (Plan Bay Area), air quality and freight issues

Ms. Bockelman joined MTC in 1998 and her early assignments included stints as project manager, funding liaison, transportation forecaster and multimodal program manager.

In 2003 she was appointed principal analyst to oversee the region’s $18 billion transit expansion program. Two years later, Ms. Bockelman was promoted to Director of Programming and Allocations. In this role she was responsible for overseeing MTC’s strategic financial planning and managing the distribution of more than $1 billion annually in federal, state and regional transportation funds.

Outside MTC, Ms. Bockelman is a member and past chair of the Committee on Transportation Programming and Investment Decision-Making for the Washington, D.C.-based Transportation Research Board. She also is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), and in 2007 was named “Woman of the Year” by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of WTS.

Ms. Bockelman is a registered Professional Engineer in California and holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Public Policy, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alix Bockelman.

Derek Hansel, Chief Financial Officer

Phone: 415-778-6700
Email: dhansel@bayareametro.gov

Derek Hansel joined MTC as Chief Financial Officer in March 2022, following the January 2022 retirement of longtime CFO Brian Mayhew. 

Mr. Hansel from 2017 to 2022 served as CFO for the San Mateo County Transit District, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, Caltrain and the San Mateo County Express Lanes Joint Powers Authority, and in April 2021 was named Acting Chief Administrative Officer for the quartet of transportation agencies. Before joining the Peninsula transportation agencies, Mr. Hansel served from 2015 to 2017 as the assistant director of finance for the City of San José.

Mr. Hansel came to the Bay Area after serving from 2012 through 2014 as executive director of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, and from 2009 to 2012 as assistant chief financial officer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Mr. Hansel’s private sector experience includes work from 2006 to 2009 as managing director and principal at Fairmount Capital Advisors in Philadelphia, where he managed an interest rate derivative advisory service for governments and nonprofit clients; and more than a decade with capital markets affiliates of Commerce Bank N.A.

Mr. Hansel holds a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College, and is a member of the Government Finance Officers’ Association and the Association of Financial Professionals.

Derek Hansel

Kathleen Kane, General Counsel

Phone: 415-820-7975
Email: kkane@bayareametro.gov

Kathleen Kane joined MTC as General Counsel in 2020 and additionally acts as legal counsel for the Association of Bay Area Governments. 

She is an accomplished attorney with two decades of private and public sector experience in land use and development issues, risk management, government contracting, public finance and litigation. She started her legal career in 1999 as a clerk for Judge Fortunato Benevides of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before taking a position as an appellate litigator for the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Kane next served as General Counsel representing foster children in North Carolina’s Administrative Office of the Courts. Ms. Kane then returned to the Bay Area, working for five years as an attorney with Aaronson, Dickerson, Cohn & Lanzone in San Carlos, during which time she also served as deputy counsel for several San Mateo County jurisdictions; and then as interim City Attorney for Belmont before moving on to manage the City Attorney’s office in East Palo Alto, and most recently as City Attorney for Burlingame.

Ms. Kane holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the Stanford School of Law. The San Bruno resident is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Mateo County Bar Association and bar associations for multiple federal courts.

Kathleen Kane

Bradford Paul, Deputy Executive Director, Local Government Services

Phone: 415-820-7955
Email: bpaul@bayareametro.gov

Brad Paul MTC’s Deputy Executive Director for Local Government Services. In this role, Mr. Paul provides oversight and supervision of the Local Collaboration Programs, which include the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, POWER, BayREN, ABAG PLAN and the Advancing California Finance Authority.

Mr. Paul served as the acting executive director from November 2016 to June 2017 of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), providing oversight and supervision of ABAG's planning and service programs, and serving as liaison to the region's city, town, and county managers and administrators.

Mr. Paul started as ABAG's deputy director in March 2013. He came to ABAG with an extensive background in community planning and development, affordable housing and philanthropy. He has 30 years of experience helping private and public entities address the economic, social and political problems challenging cities and neighborhoods. His major focus has been on developing creative outreach, planning and development strategies, and mediating among groups with differing and passionate points of view. He has worked in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Mr. Paul served as San Francisco's deputy mayor of housing for Mayor Art Agnos from 1988 to 1992.

Bradford Paul

Nick Roethel, Chief Operating Officer

Phone: 415-778-5205
Email: NRoethel@bayareametro.gov

Nick Roethel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Prior to his promotion, he served as the Director of Technology Services, leading the technology team since his hire at MTC in 2012.  In that role, Mr. Roethel oversaw:

  • Agency IT strategy
  • Technical operations for MTC, ABAG and the Bay Area Metro Center facility
  • 511 traveler information
  • Agency web services
  • Agencywide cybersecurity strategy and implementation

Prior to his work at MTC and ABAG, he held top-level technology positions in several government and private sector organizations in the Midwest. He has written articles for technology and government publications and spoken on topics ranging from people-centric leadership to cybersecurity. Mr. Roethel and his organizations have been recognized through awards including the CIO100 and Digital Cities.

Mr. Roethel holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in management and leadership, both from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI.

Nick Roethel.

Senior Staff & Contact Information

Administration & Human Development

Nalungo Conley, Director
Phone: 415-778-6741
Email: nconley@bayareametro.gov

Bay Area Housing Finance Authority

Kate Hartley, Director
Phone: 415-778-6700
Email: khartley@bayareametro.gov

Bay Area Regional Collaborative

Allison Brooks, Director
Phone: 415-778-5265
Email: abrooks@bayareametro.gov

Budget & Financial Planning & Analysis

Arleicka Conley, Director
Phone: 415-778-6796
Email: aconley@bayareametro.gov

Design & Project Delivery

Ashley Nguyen, Director
Phone: 415-778-5209
Email: anguyen@bayareametro.gov

Electronic Payments

Carol Kuester, Director
Phone: 415-778-5253
Email: ckuester@bayareametro.gov


Jane Elias, Director
Phone: 415-778-4428
Email: jelias@bayareametro.gov

Estuary Partnership

Caitlin Sweeney, Director
Phone: 415-778-6681
Email: caitlin.sweeney@sfestuary.org

Facilities & Contract Services

Denise Rodrigues, Director
Phone: 415-778-5297
Email: drodrigues@bayareametro.gov

Field Operations & Asset Management

Lisa Klein, Director
Phone: 415-778-5232
Email: lklein@bayareametro.gov

Financial Reporting & Operational Accounting

Grace Martinez, Director
Phone: 415-778-6759
Email: gmartinez@bayareametro.gov

Funding Policy & Programs

Theresa Romell​, Director
Phone: 415-778-6772
Email: tromell@bayareametro.gov

Office of General Counsel

Cynthia Segal, Deputy General Counsel
Phone: 415-778-6713
Email: csegal@bayareametro.gov

Matthew Lavrinets, Senior Attorney
Phone: 415-778-5272
Email: mlavrinets@bayareametro.gov

Legislation & Public Affairs

Rebecca Long, Director
Phone: 415-778-5289
Email:  rlong@bayareametro.gov

Regional Network Management

Melanie Choy, Director
Phone: 415-778-6607
Email: MChoy@bayareametro.gov

Regional Planning Program

Matt Maloney, Director
Phone: 415-778-5220
Email: mmaloney@bayareametro.gov

Technology Services

Queli Go, Director
Phone: 415-778-6665
Email: qgo@bayareametro.gov

Treasury & Revenue

Natalie Perkins, Director
Phone: 415-778-5377
Email: nperkins@bayareametro.gov

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