Laura Cornejo will replace Fred Dock as the city’s new director of transportation.
Cornejo will begin her job with the city on June 3. Dock is retiring after 12 years as head of the city’s transportation department.
“After conducting an extensive search which attracted numerous applicants from a range of agencies, Laura demonstrated the skills, experience and savvy to effectively lead the department of transportation,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “She has a proven track record of implementing and delivering numerous transportation projects in collaboration with the communities she’s served.”
The department’s priorities include the Complete Streets Program, which focuses on increasing the number of safe, comfortable ways that people can travel around the city.
The department is also focused on providing and improving local transit services such as Dial-A-Ride; enhancing the efficiencies of parking management; and improving organizational and operational effectiveness, efficiency and communication with the community.
Cornejo received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from Wellesley College. She resides in Whitter, where she previously served on the YMCA board of directors and currently serves on Whittier’s planning commission. She is fluent in Spanish and has more than 17 years of experience in government.
She previously served as the deputy executive officer of countywide planning with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro).
In that position, Cornejo was responsible for leading a team in delivering transportation infrastructure that ranged from rail and pedestrian to bicycle projects.
Cornejo has also provided technical support and guidance to the 88 cities in Los Angeles County for their respective projects. Prior to joining LA Metro, Cornejo served as the interim director of transportation and manager of strategic planning and intergovernmental relations with the city of Montebello. In this role, she oversaw a $40 million annual operating budget.