Ms. DeMartino has served as RTD’s CEO since 2001. Prior to joining RTD, she spent over 14 years at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), where she was a member of the light rail start-up team and also worked in rail operations, contracts administration, engineering and construction, and facilities and capital program management.
Ms. DeMartino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management, and a certificate in Construction Management from UC Davis.
Under her leadership:
RTD won the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “2018 Outstanding Transit Agency of the Year” in North America
RTD made environmentally important fleet changes, testing some of the first diesel-electric hybrid and all-electric buses in the state, ultimately converting the entire Stockton Metropolitan Area (SMA) fleet to all hybrid and electric buses.
RTD made important facilities upgrades, including the construction of a new Downtown Transit Center, a new Regional Transportation Center, and several major passenger transfer locations. RTD was able to make these long-term infrastructure investments in the community by successfully competing for and obtaining over $175 million in federal and state grants and without incurring any debt for RTD.
RTD has made important service changes, in particular by introducing five high-capacity bus rapid transit (BRT) corridors; city and countywide deviated fixed-route Hoppers; partnerships with United Cerebral Palsy, taxi providers, and most recently UBER and Van Go! to deliver ADA and general public transit services in a more cost-effective manner.
Ms. DeMartino has represented RTD as President of the American Bus Benchmarking Group (ABBG), Chair of the California Transit Association, Chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) CEO’s Committee, and Chair of APTA’s Mid-sized Operators Committee
In 2006, Metro Magazine highlighted her achievements in an article on five “Women in Transportation” who “play a major role in the transportation industry.” The California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) named Ms. DeMartino the 2009 Transportation Manager of the Year. In 2013, the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Business Manager of the Year Award. In 2015, Ms. DeMartino was selected as the WTS “Woman of the Year.” In 2018, she was named, “Public Official of the Year” by the Sierra Club, and in 2019, the San Joaquin County Commission on the State of Women awarded her the Susan B. Anthony Women in Achievement award.
Ms. DeMartino is a Fellow of the Eno Transportation Foundation, and a graduate of the Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association) program. She serves on several industry boards, including the California Transit Association, the California Association on Coordinated Transportation, the Mineta Transit Institute (located at San Jose State University), the National Transit Institute, and the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC). For over 10 years, she has taught hundreds of students each year through the Mineta Transportation Institute’s Master of Science program and through University of Pacific’s Transit Management Program – teaching classes titled, “Intermodal Transit in California, “Overview of Legislation, Regulations, and Policy,” and “Public Transit 101.”
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Salazar joined RTD in 2002 as Assistant General Manager of Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining RTD, she served as a Finance Administrator at Sacramento Regional Transit (RT), where she gained over ten years of progressively responsible experience in public transit auditing, general accounting, grants, and project management. Ms. Salazar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a Certificate in Transit/Paratransit Management Program with Pepperdine University. She passed the Uniform CPA Board in 1993 and is an active Certified Tax Preparer with the California Tax Education Council. She is a graduate of Leadership APTA.
Currently, Ms. Salazar serves on the California Transit Finance Corporation (CTFC) board, actively participates in T-FLEx (Transit Finance Learning Exchange), and teaches in a Transit Paratransit Management Certificate Program for the University of the Pacific.
Chief of Legislative Affairs and Grants
Ms. Gayle joined RTD in 2019 as Chief of Legislative Affairs and Grants. Prior to joining RTD, she had an extensive career as a public official at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). After working in Sacramento and Washington, DC for 37 years, she has returned to her hometown of Stockton to help support the transit system she once used as a teenager to get to the mall, the park, or to school.
Kimberly is well-known as a seasoned professional in the transit industry. She has garnered the respect of her colleagues throughout her career and through participation on national committees such as the American Public Transit Association, the Community Transportation Association of America, and the Transportation Research Board.
In 2009, the American Association for State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) honored her as the national chair of the Multi-State Technical Assistance Program. From 2012-2017, Ms. Gayle received various awards from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation for her leadership in the federal transit re-authorizations and on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team; she has also received various awards from Caltrans and FTA.
Ms. Gayle has also been featured in publications from AASHTO, the California Association for Coordinated Transportation, the California Transit Association, the US Department of Transportation, FTA, and Caltrans.
Kimberly holds a Certificate in Management from CSU, Sacramento; Transit Paratransit Management Certificate from UOP, and an AA in Business from San Joaquin Delta College.
Chief of Marketing and Communications
Ms. Foletta-Morales returned to RTD in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Her career in transit began 18 years ago when she became the Marketing Manager for RTD. She went on to work in fixed route, paratransit, and mobility management operations while at RTD. Ms. Foletta-Morales went on to successfully launch the first Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) in Stanislaus County and served as the Transit System manager for the City of Elk Grove. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University Stanislaus and has served on the California Association for Coordinated Transportation (CalACT) Board of Directors. She was awarded the American Public Works Association Professional Manager of the Year Award for Transportation in 2015.
Chief Administration and Innovation Officer
Mr. Thompson joined RTD in 2010 as IT Manager. Prior to joining RTD, he gained depth and breadth of experience in IT management, application development, access management, compliance, and security through his years as a consultant and as an employee at both Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard. Over his career, Mr. Thompson has specialized in strategic application of technology to solve business problems. Mr. Thompson holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University, and has a Transit Paratransit Management Certificate from the University of the Pacific.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Tran joined RTD in 2016 as the Mobility Manager. Prior to joining RTD, Mr. Tran acquired 15 years of experience working for the Orange County Transportation Authority, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Service Transition Plan. Transitioning service from agency-operated to contractor-operated resulted in an on-going annual savings of $4 million. Mr. Tran also provided hands-on oversight for the paratransit and contracted fixed-route contracts totaling $80 million. In his brief tenure at RTD, Mr. Tran has successfully implemented several new programs that are not only cost effective but also provide additional mobility options to passengers. Mr. Tran holds a bachelor degree in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from California State University of Fullerton.