Board of Directors
Gary S. Giovanetti
Gary Giovanetti joined RTD’s Board of Directors on March 18, 2008. A lifelong resident of Stockton, he brings to RTD’s Board many years of political service and civic activity. Director Giovanetti served as the Vice Mayor on the Stockton City Council until 2006, after two consecutive terms. While a member of the Stockton City Council, he served two years as the Chair of the San Joaquin Council of Governments Board of Directors and is still currently an ex-officio member. Immediately prior to his election to City Council, he served four years on the Stockton Planning Commission. Director Giovanetti actively participates in the following community organizations: Italian Athletic Club, Liguri nel Mondo, Pacific Italian Alliance, Children’s Museum, Downtown Stockton Alliance, and the Downtown Comeback Club.
Les J. Fong
The City of Stockton appointed Les Fong to his first four-year term on the RTD Board of Directors in 2009. Director Fong returned to RTD on February 24, 2015, when the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors appointed him to his second four-year term. Director Fong is the President of Les Fong and Associates, an advertising, marketing, and public relations firm in Stockton. He has also served at San Joaquin Delta College as an adjunct Advertising and Marketing instructor since 1981 and as a business consultant to the Small Business Development Center. His philanthropic interests are many and varied. He is currently serving on a number of boards and committees including the San Joaquin County Workforce Investment Board, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Joaquin County, the Children’s Museum of Stockton, and the Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton.
Appointed by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, Michael Restuccia served his first term on the RTD Board of Directors in 2011. Director Restuccia has experience in both government and transportation, with 12 years on the Ripon City Council, two years as the Mayor of Ripon, and six years each on the governing boards for the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission and the San Joaquin Council of Governments. He has been a member of the San Joaquin County Employee Retirement Association board since 1999 and has more than 30 years of experience in banking and finance.
Balwinder T. Singh
Balwinder Singh was appointed by the City of Stockton to his first term on the RTD Board of Directors in 2014. Director Singh is an experienced transportation professional and a senior member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society IEEE. He has been appointed to a number of advisory positions serving the County and the State. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Professional Engineers in California Government-Stockton Section and is a member of the San Joaquin Engineers Council Board of Directors, where he served as Chair in 2012. He also serves on the City of Stockton’s Cultural Heritage Board and volunteers his time on numerous boards of local non-profit organizations.
San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and the Stockton City Council jointly appointed Stephan Castellanos to RTD’s board in 2022. Actively engaged in community affairs, Director Castellanos has served as chairman of Stockton’s Cultural Heritage Board and as Executive Director of the California Commission for Disability Access. He was also elected to the board of San Joaquin Delta College and served for 12 years. Under Governor Gray Davis’ appointment, Director Castellanos served as State Architect and developed policies for public buildings and schools to create positive environments that are sustainable and environmentally sound. He is currently a board member of the Central Valley Low Income Housing Boards and the Haggin Museum.
Governance of the District
RTD is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five members. Meetings of the Board (unless otherwise changed or called by the Board):
Date: Third Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: 421 East Weber Avenue, Stockton, CA
- Two members appointed by the Stockton City Council
- Two members appointed by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors
- One member appointed jointly by five members of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors and five members of the Stockton City Council
- Each Director serves a four-year term
Qualification: Applicants must be a resident of RTD’s service area for at least one year prior to appointment
- Chairperson: Elected annually in January by the Board
- Vice Chairperson: Elected annually in January by the Board
- Secretary: Chief Executive Officer
Remuneration for Directors
$100.00 per meeting (maximum of $100.00 per month); mileage to and from meetings; necessary travel expenses as authorized by the Board and in accordance with RTD travel procedures.
Function of the Board
- Establish RTD policy
- Select Chief Executive Officer and Legal Counsel
- Provide for governance of RTD
- San Joaquin Regional Transit District Act, as set forth in the California Public Utilities Code, commencing with Section 50000
- Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration
- Rules of Procedure, as adopted by RTD’s Board from time to time