Chief Deputy Director
Kome Ajise is the Chief Deputy Director at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), responsible for overseeing the internal operations for approximately 19,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $1.1. billion.
Kome began his career in 1987 in District 6 (Fresno) and has served in various assignments at both the district and Headquarters offices. From February 2001, he served as the North Region Environmental Division Chief until April 2004 when he was appointed as the District 10 Director in Stockton. The eight counties District 10 covers include the central Sierras, consisting of four trans-sierra mountain passes. The northern San Joaquin Valley is a goods movement gateway from the valley into the Bay Area. Between the years 2009–2012, he served as Program Manager, Public–Private Partnerships before being appointed Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs in 2012.
Kome has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Regional Planning from the University of Benin, Nigeria and a master of City and Regional Planning degree from California State University, FresnoBack to speakers