Executive Director, Bill Higgins. Mr. Higgins is an enthusiastic regionalist and enjoys working on the day to day policy issues that improve the ability of regional governments to serve their member cities and counties. Mr. Higgins joined CALCOG as its executive director in 2011. Previously, he spent 11 years as a senior staff attorney, program manager, and legislative representative for the League of California Cities and its nonprofit affiliate, the Institute of Local Government. There, he focused his efforts on local and regional planning, housing, economic development, and land use policy. He has been an adjunct professor at Sonoma State University and teaches periodic classes through the UC Davis and UCLA Extension Programs. Mr. Higgins obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture & Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.
Director of Sustainability, Tanisha Taylor. Ms. Taylor is a proud graduate of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, one of the nation’s esteemed historically black colleges and universities. She is responsible for statewide coordination efforts between the state’s 18 MPOs and numerous state agencies. Her current work efforts include work on the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines and SB 375 implementation efforts. Prior to joining CALCOG, Ms. Taylor served as a Planning Manager at the San Joaquin Council of Governments for 11 years.
Planning Manager, Anthony Zepeda. Mr. Zepeda is life-long California resident with a passion for making California’s regions more prosperous, equitable and sustainable. In his role as Planning Manager, Mr. Zepeda collaborates with member organizations, partner agencies and community advocacy groups to develop creative, effective solutions to complex planning challenges. Mr. Zepeda has over 15 years of transportation planning experience and has served in a variety of planning, programming, and management roles with several California MPO/RTPAs, including the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro), and the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG). Mr. Zepeda holds degrees in Economics and Geography.
Summer Intern, Caila Pedroncelli. Ms. Pedroncelli is an upcoming senior at St. Mary's College of California majoring in Politics with a minor in History. While at St. Mary's, Ms. Pedroncelli works as a Resident Advisor, handling various housing, social, and interpersonal issues for students in her resident halls. Ms. Pedroncelli is interning at CALCOG for the summer learning about public policy and state legislation. Ms. Pedroncelli is passionate about helping all members of her community through innovative government policy.