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Former SANDAG Director of Regional Planning Coleen Clementson (L) and Chief Data Analytics Officer Ray Major will take the reins as deputy chief executive officers. Courtesy LinkedIn

The San Diego Association of Governments has reorganized in an attempt to more effectively connect people and places in the region through data-driven planning, building and funding, officials announced Tuesday.

SANDAG CEO Hasan Ikhrata told staff on Tuesday that former Director of Regional Planning Coleen Clementson and Chief Data Analytics Officer Ray Major will take the reins as deputy chief executive officers of the regional transportation planning agency.

“As we build out the rest of our matrix-based organization in the coming months, I am confident that our new structure will enable SANDAG to lead our region on a path to a truly visionary future,” Ikhrata said. “We have learned through the pandemic that change is the one thing we can count on. SANDAG needs to be an agency that can adapt and respond to the needs and priorities of the day, and these changes will help us do just that.”

Clementson recently led the development of SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Plan, the blueprint for the future of transportation, which was adopted by the SANDAG board of directors in December 2021.

Major will continue to serve as chief economist in addition to his deputy CEO duties.

According to a SANDAG statement, the agency announced the changes alongside an internal shift following the departure of some of its leadership team to pivot toward streamlined efforts on priority projects and better cross-functional interagency collaboration.

“We want to make sure the community knows about our initiatives and how they can get involved and be a part of them,” Clementson said. “We are excited about all of the projects we have coming up and want to partner with you, our local leaders, our community, and the private sector to create a future where every person in the San Diego region can thrive.”

With more than 70 active projects and programs, agency leaders said community engagement is a top priority.

SANDAG plans to use data to drive its decisions on internal processes and planning decisions.

“We are using data and technology in a way that we never have before,” Major said. “Both internally, to find ways to make SANDAG better, and externally, to make sure the investments we are making today will serve the San Diego region now and for generations to come.”

City News Service contributed to this article.