Norma Ortega worked for 37 years in the California Department of Transportation, assuming increasingly responsible fiscal management positions. She spent nine years as the Chief Financial Officer, directly responsible for the development and management of the department’s $12 billion budget. Ms Ortega served as a key policy advisor to the Administration and the Legislature, regularly representing the department at legislative hearings on federal, state, and local funding and financing issues. Major projects that she led included effects to implement cash management, migrate to a mileage-based user fee system, and institute performance management and accountability.
Her other leadership positions include service as Vice-Chair of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance, Chair of the Western Road Usage Chair Consortium Steering Committee, and member of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Finance Committee.
Ms Ortega graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.