San Diego Association of Governments
Gary Gallegos is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of transportation, land use, regional public policy making, and bi-national planning and diplomacy. He leads a staff of nearly 200 professionals who collaborate to develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination and public safety. Under his direction, the agency has crafted an innovative $42 billion Regional Transportation Plan to address transportation needs. Most recently, Gary has worked with partner agencies toward securing the federal and state approvals necessary to create a third international border crossing in San Diego County – Otay Mesa East – and a short connecting highway. In addition, Gary is the Chief Executive Officer of SourcePoint, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG. Before joining SANDAG in 2001, he held the position of District Director for Caltrans District 11.