Board and Committees

Annually, the Board Chair appoints committees from among the Board’s members to make policy recommendations to the Board. Each Board member serves on at least one committee.

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Board of Directors

SACOG is governed by a thirty-two member Board of Directors (thirty-one voting and one nonvoting). Voting members are appointed by member jurisdictions from their county board of supervisors or city councils. The one non-voting member is the Caltrans District 3 Director. The organization’s mission statement is: Delivering transportation projects, providing public information, and serving as a dynamic forum for regional planning and collaboration in the Sacramento Metropolitan Area.


2023 SACOG Committee Schedule

The committee schedules are set every calendar year in advance and occur prior to Board meetings. Each committee meets once a month to review and discuss specific issues that will then be referred to the SACOG Board. 

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Policy & Innovation Committee

Ten members appointed to consider state and federal advocacy, innovation, media, and other activities related to external affairs and administrative activities such as human resources, audits, the budget, and the Overall Work Program. (Meets monthly or as needed)

Wendy Thomas, Chair, El Dorado County

Trinity Burruss, Vice Chair, Auburn

Rich Desmond, Sacramento County

Alice Dowdin Calvillo, Auburn

Bruce Houdesheldt, Roseville

Michael Saragosa, Placerville

Tim Schaefer, Citrus Heights

Tom Stallard, Woodland

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Land Use & Natural Resources Committee

Eleven members appointed to consider land use and air quality issues, housing, electric vehicles and other related issues. (Meets monthly or as needed)

Gary Bradford, Chair, Yuba County

Karm Bains, Vice Chair, Sutter County

Rich Lozano, Vice Chair, Galt

Pamela Bulahan, Isleton

Sue Frost, Sacramento County

Bonnie Gore, Placer County

Shon Harris, Yuba City

Patrick Kennedy, Sacramento County

Jenny Knisely, Loomis

Mike Kozlowski, Folsom

Rick West, Wheatland

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Transportation Committee

Eleven members appointed from the SACOG Board, and the Caltrans District 3 Director, to review all items relating to transportation issues, MTIP, and SIP as well as the SAFE program. (Meets monthly or as needed)

Jill Gayaldo, Chair, Rocklin

Darren Suen, Vice Chair, Elk Grove

Chris Branscum, Marysville

Josh Chapman, Davis

Lakhvir Ghag, Live Oak

Martha Guerrero, West Sacramento

Rick Jennings II, Sacramento City

Paul Joiner, Lincoln

Jesse Loren, Winters

David Sander, Rancho Cordova

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Strategic Planning Committee

Nine members comprised of the SACOG Chair, Vice Chair, previous Chairs, Chairs of the other three committees, and the board’s CALCOG representative, to review the JPA, board representation, and long-term vision planning. This committee also acts a liaison to the regional legislative delegation. (Meets as needed)

2023 Committee Members

Patrick Kennedy – Chair
Michael Saragosa - Vice Chair

Bonnie Gore

Rick Jennings II

David Sander

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Advisory Committees

The Board has established a number of advisory committees as a means of obtaining advice from citizens, key interest groups in the community, and partner planning agencies on a variety of subjects. SACOG seeks advice from local agencies on transportation and land use plan content and investment decisions. SACOG works not only with the agency staff, but with governing boards, technical committees, and advisory committees.