Norma Ortega

Chief Financial Officer
California Department of Transportation



Norma Ortega was appointed as Deputy Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in August 2009. Norma is responsible for Caltrans financial management and policy as well as federal and state programming of transportation projects. She oversees the Divisions of Accounting, Budgets, and Programming. She oversees the Caltrans budget of over $10 billion.

Ms. Ortega has been with the Caltrans over twenty-five years and has served in a number of increasing responsible fiscal management positions including assignments in the Divisions of Accounting, Auditing, Program Evaluation and Analysis and Local Assistance including 5 years as the Chief Budget Officer. She represents the Department on federal, state and local funding and financing issues before the State’s transportation fund allocation organization, the California Transportation Commission and the California State Legislature. Other assignments include serving as a fiscal advisor during the development of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Strategic Growth Plan, which lead to a $19.94 billion transportation bond proposal. Ms. Ortega is currently the Chair of the Road Use Charge (RUC) West Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the Mileage Based User Alliance.

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