News Release

08.01.2023 | News Release

SANDAG CEO Hasan Ikhrata Announces His Exit 


SANDAG Chief Executive Officer Hasan Ikhrata submitted his notice to the Board of Directors this evening. His last day with the agency will be December 29.

“I came to SANDAG almost five years ago to reinvigorate this organization and reimagine a brighter future for the San Diego region”, said Ikhrata. “Together, with the amazing SANDAG team, we have done just that, tackling long-standing issues such as transit to the airport, the falling Del Mar Bluffs, building a third crossing at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the need for free transit, more bikeways and housing. Our bold vision has garnered support from federal and state funding agencies, with more than $1 billion in investments coming to the region. As the agency starts its next chapter, this is the right time to hand over the leadership reins.”

Under Ikhrata’s leadership, more than $1 billion in funds were awarded for projects throughout the San Diego region and major progress was made on several, key regional priorities. 

“This news is a bittersweet moment for our region,” said SANDAG and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas, “I am grateful for Hasan's vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment to helping us all reimagine the future of the San Diego region. Throughout his tenure, Hasan has spearheaded transformative changes in transportation and regional planning for the County of San Diego, and I want to wish him the best in his next endeavor. I also want to thank SANDAG staff for all the work they continue to do and I look forward to continuing to deliver on all of our projects and priorities for the San Diego region.”

Chairwoman Vargas will be leading the transition with the SANDAG Board to discuss next steps to fill the CEO role. More details to come in the upcoming months.