McPeak to Lead Business, Transportation & Housing Agency

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 21, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Sunne Wright McPeak was appointed to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's cabinet as Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BTH). She will oversee programs that plan, build and maintain California's transportation systems, that ensure efficient and fair markets for the real estate industry, and that assist state and community efforts to expand the availability of affordable housing. Additionally she will regulate managed health care plans, the banking, financial and securities industries, and contribute to public safety through the law enforcement activities of the Highway Patrol and the Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control. BTH may be taking over some of the functions of the Trade & Commerce Agency which was eliminated by last year's budget.

BTH is one of the largest state agencies with over 47,000 employees. It's 14 departments include:

California Department of Transportation
California Highway Patrol
California Housing Finance Agency
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Department of Corporations
Department of Financial Institutions
Department of Housing and Community Development
Department of Managed Health Care
Department of Motor Vehicles
Department of Real Estate
Office of the Patient Advocate
Office of Real Estate Appraisers
Office of Traffic Safety
Stephen P. Teale Data Center

Ms. McPeak was president and CEO of the Bay Area Council. During her six years there, she established and led major regional initiatives that involved transportation, housing, sustainable economic development, water policy, communications infrastructure, education and workforce preparation.

Prior to her time at the Council, McPeak served three years as President and CEO of the Bay Area Economic Forum, a partnership formed by the Bay Area Council and the Association of Bay Area Governments to facilitate public-private collaboration for promoting the region's economy. McPeak also served on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors for more than 15 years, serving as chairman for several terms. She has also owned a management consulting firm and served as executive director of the Pittsburg Community Health Center.

Active in public service, McPeak co-chaired the CALFED Bay-Delta Advisory Council from 1995-2001, was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2001 as a Director of the California Consumer Power and Conservation Finance Authority, was appointed in 2002 as a member of the California Economic Strategy Panel, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Simpson Manufacturing, Inc.
Capitol updates archive 989898989