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Jeff Morales

Managing Principal


Sacramento, California

916.947.5450

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Jeff Morales has led some of the country’s largest and most complex transportation ​agencies and programs, employing innovative approaches to produce unprecedented ​results. He has successfully navigated challenges at the federal, state, and local levels, ​as well as in the private sector. Throughout his career, Jeff has promoted and ​implemented programs to promote workforce diversity, community engagement and ​sustainability through groundbreaking programs. He is recognized for developing ​innovative policies and practices that improved productivity and customer service across ​the agencies he has served and advised. He has been at the forefront of work to ​promote and implement public-private partnerships as a tool for improving the delivery ​and operation of infrastructure.


Most recently, Jeff led the first-ever construction of high-speed rail infrastructure in the ​United States, taking the program from initial planning into delivery, with three ​unprecedented major design-build contracts in place to build approximately 120 miles ​of the country’s first high-speed line. In the process, he built from scratch an innovative ​integrated organization, and drove the strategies and plans to secure state and federal ​funding and engage the private sector as a partner. Under his leadership, the program ​implemented leading-edge initiatives to promote small business participation and focus ​economic development in local communities.


As Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Jeff led the ​nation’s largest state transportation agency as it implemented the most expansive ​program in its history, with over $10 billion in highway, transit and rail improvements. ​He moved the agency to a greater emphasis on multi-modal approaches and ​implemented pioneering policies on context-sensitive solutions and sustainability. At ​the Chicago Transit Authority, Jeff drove programs to reverse years of declining ​ridership, renew aging infrastructure and employ new technologies to better serve the ​agency’s riders.


Jeff started his career in Washington, DC, working as legislative assistant for United ​States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, a long-time leader in transportation and other ​issues. There, he worked on issues ranging from the airline smoking ban to ​comprehensive surface transportation legislation. He then served at the United States ​Department of Transportation under Secretaries Federico Peña and Rodney Slater, and ​worked in the White House as a member of Vice President Al Gore’s National ​Performance Review, the task force to reinvent government agencies and services. Jeff ​was the Issues Director for the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security ​in 1996-1997.


In the private sector, Jeff worked with agencies around the country and internationally ​to develop and advance major capital programs, assisting them in addressing policy, ​legislative, operational and management challenges. His work on behalf of clients ​ranged from helping develop the first-ever consolidated capital program and new ​organizational challenges at Transport for London in England to working with Los ​Angeles to oversee the development and implementation of the first-ever congestion ​pricing program on the most heavily congested routes in the country.


Jeff’s national leadership was underscored by being appointed as a member of the ​Transportation Transition Team for the incoming Obama Administration in 2008-2009. ​He has twice been recognized with national Distinguished Service awards by the ​American Public Transportation Association, first as Director of Caltrans in 2002 and ​then as chief executive officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority in 2015. He ​currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the ​University of California-Berkeley, and is on the board of the Mineta Transportation ​Institute at San Jose State University.