Executive Leadership & Senior Staff
Learn more about MTC’s executive leadership team and get senior staff contact information.
MTC’s Executive Leadership & Bios
Therese McMillan, Executive Director
Office: (415) 778-5210
Therese Watkins McMillan is Executive Director, the agency's top staff position since March 1, 2019. She also serves as the top executive for the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
Ms. McMillan previously worked for 25 years at MTC, and for more than eight years as MTC’s deputy executive director of policy before her 2009 appointment by then-President Barack Obama to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Transit Administration in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. McMillan subsequently served as acting FTA administrator from March 2014 to March 2016 before taking the position as Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s chief planning officer in April 2016. During the final five years of her original MTC tenure, Ms. McMillan also was an instructor of transportation funding and finance in the Transportation Management Graduate program at San Jose State University’s Mineta Transportation Institute.
Ms. McMillan received her Bachelor of Science degree from U.C. Davis in 1981, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering Science from U.C. Berkeley in 1983, and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley in 1984.
Ms. McMillan has served since 2012 as a member of the Advisory Board for the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and was named a senior fellow for the 2011-12 academic year at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She received an Alumni Award of Distinction from the U.C. Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies in 2016; a “Women Moving the Nation” award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials in 2013; and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the U.C. Berkeley College of Environmental Design in 2011. Ms. McMillan has long been active in the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and served as president of the San Francisco Chapter in 1989 and 1990. She was named WTS National Woman of the Year for 2016, and as Woman of the Year for the Washington, D.C. chapter in 2015 and the Los Angeles Chapter in 2011. WTS’ San Francisco Bay Area Chapter named Ms. McMillan its Member of the Year for 2002 and as its Woman of the Year for 2010.
Alix Bockelman, Deputy Executive Director, Policy
Office: (415) 778-5250
Alix Bockelman is the Deputy Executive Director of Policy for MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments and oversees 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.
Andrew B. Fremier, Deputy Executive Director, Operations
Office: (415) 778-5240
Andrew Fremier is MTC’s Deputy Executive Director for Operations. In this role, Mr. Fremier also serves 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.
BATA is one of three agencies — along with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission — with joint oversight of the state Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program, which included completion of the final construction phases of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and demolition of the original East Span.
Mr. Fremier also manages MTC’s Operations and Electronic Payments sections. In this capacity, he oversees 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 serves 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 a former chair of the California Toll Operators Committee, a board member of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and a member of the ITS America Leadership Circle.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Bradford Paul, Deputy Executive Director, Local Government Services
Office: (415) 820-7955
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.
Derek Hansel, Chief Financial Officer
Office: (415) 778-6700
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.
Senior Staff & Contact Information
Administration & Human Development
Nalungo Conley, Director
Office: (415) 778-6741
Bay Area Housing Finance Authority
Kate Hartley, Director
Office: (415) 778-6700
Design & Project Delivery
Ashley Nguyen, Director
Office: (415) 778-5209
Carol Kuester, Director
Office: (415) 778-5253
Caitlin Sweeney, Director
Office: (415) 778-6681
Facilities & Contract Services
Denise Rodrigues, Section Director, Facilities & Contract Services
Office: (415) 778-5297
Field Operations & Asset Management
Lisa Klein, Director
Office: (415) 778-5232
Finance & Accounting
Arleicka Conley, Director
Office: (415) 778-6796
Funding Policy & Programs
Theresa Romell, Director
Office: (415) 778-6772
Legislation & Public Affairs
Rebecca Long, Acting Director
Office: (415) 778-5289
Regional Planning Program
Matt Maloney, Director
Office: (415) 778-5220
Nick Roethel, CISM, CRISC, Director
Office: (415) 778-5205
Treasury & Revenue
Section Director position currently vacant
Office: (415) 778-6700