Pasadena Transit boss Laura Rubio-Cornejo is new LADOT GM.

Laura Is New GM

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Laura Rubio-Cornejo

On Sept. 19, Laura Rubio-Cornejo was confirmed by the LA City Council as the new General Manager of LA’s Dept. of Transportation.

She was the Director of Transportation of the City of Pasadena previously.

She had been nominated by Mayor Karen Bass in late September.

Rubio-Cornejo brings more than 20 years of municipal, regional and state transportation experience. She currently serves as the City of Pasadena’s Director of Transportation and previously held senior roles at L.A. Metro.

“Laura Rubio-Cornejo is a proven implementer with a record of delivering projects on time and on budget,” Mayor Bass said in a statement after the nomination. “She is well positioned to focus the department on executing critical traffic safety improvements and delivering a high-level of customer service to Angelenos. She is a leader who fights for equity and will guide the department’s efforts to implement real solutions that support historically disinvested neighborhoods who are disproportionately impacted by traffic violence. I am confident that Laura will guide the department’s work to deliver for communities by making streets safer while helping us prepare for major upcoming events that will draw visitors from around the world. 

Connie Llanos served as Interim General Manager for 14 months. The previous General Manager, Seleta Reynolds, left the City last year to become the Chief Innovation Officer for Metro.

“It’s an honor to be selected to serve the people of Los Angeles as the next General Manager of the Department of Transportation,” Laura Rubio-Cornejo said in a statement. “I’m excited to bring my strategic approach and extensive experience with project delivery, resource management and equity-focused decision making to this work.” 

She served as Pasadena’s Transportation Director for four years. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority, the Deputy Executive Officer/Countywide Planning for Metro for four years; the Interim Director of Transportation for the City of Montebello; and a Field Representative in the California State Assembly. She is a Master’s degree graduate of UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

The Club welcomes Laura to the City of Los Angeles. Congratulations!