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Tam T. Nguyen of Fountain Valley to Serve as New OCTA Chair

The OCTA Board of Directors rang in the new year by unanimously electing Tam T. Nguyen as its new chair.

Nguyen, a Fountain Valley resident, is a community and education leader.

“Since being appointed to serve as a public member on the OCTA Board in 2021, I have witnessed firsthand how much this agency is making a difference in helping to enhance travel options for residents, businesses and visitors,” Nguyen said. “I am grateful for the tremendous amount of trust of my fellow board members in selecting me as their chair, and I look forward to working with them as stewards of the public’s funds to continue innovating and delivering a balanced, equitable and sustainable transportation system for Orange County’s diverse communities.”

Chair Nguyen serves as one of two public members on the OCTA Board, and he has served in that capacity since April 2021. Last year, Nguyen served as vice chair of the board. Nguyen has been a member of OCTA’s Diverse Community Leaders Group since its creation more than a decade ago.

Nguyen is respected throughout the county as a leader in business and philanthropy. He is co-owner of Advance Beauty College, a second generation, family-owned business founded in 1987, and teaches business management at California State University, Fullerton.

Elected by the OCTA Board to serve as vice chair was Director Doug Chaffee.

Newly appointed members of the OCTA Board include: Anaheim Mayor Ashleigh Aitken, Santa Ana Mayor Valerie Amezcua, Garden Grove Councilmember Stephanie Klopfenstein and Costa Mesa Mayor John Stephens.

The OCTA Board is comprised of 18 members, including the five county supervisors, two members from city councils in each of the five supervisorial districts, two public members and the Caltrans District Director serves in a non-voting ex-officio capacity.