Transportation Expert Jessica Alba Appointed to WETA Board

WETA Director Jessica AlbaSAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2020 – California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed Jessica Alba to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board of Directors.

Ms. Alba fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Nick Josefowitz in April 2020. Ms. Alba's term is effective until January 1, 2024.

"We are so thrilled to welcome Director Alba to the WETA Board," said Nina Rannells, WETA’s executive director. "Her expertise in transportation policy and fresh outlook will be of huge value to our mission of building a world-class ferry system for the Bay Area."

Ms. Alba is the transportation policy manager for Stanford University. She represents and supports the university on local, regional, state and federal transportation policy matters. Prior to joining Stanford in 2017, Ms. Alba worked on transportation policy at Trivector Traffic and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, also serving as the latter's director of staff development. She holds dual M.S. degrees in Earth Science and Environmental Sciences from Lund University in Sweden.

"Building better transportation in the Bay Area is critical to addressing many of the region's issues," said Ms. Alba. "I am honored to join my new colleagues on WETA's Board of Directors and excited to help guide the path forward for regional ferry service. I also want to thank Speaker Rendon for entrusting me with this role."

The WETA Board of Directors is a five-member body. Three members, including the chair and vice chair, are appointed by the governor. One member is appointed by the Senate Rules Committee. One member is appointed by the Assembly Speaker.

Ms. Alba joins Chair Jim Wunderman and Directors Anthony Intintoli and Jeff DelBono on the WETA Board. There remains one vacancy on the Board of Directors, to be filled by Governor Gavin Newsom.

WETA is a regional public transit agency tasked with developing, operating and expanding ferry service on the San Francisco Bay and with coordinating the water transit response to regional emergencies. San Francisco Bay Ferry, a service of WETA, operates ferry routes connecting the cities of Alameda, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South San Francisco and Vallejo. More information is available at our Media Center.