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Controller Appoints Diane Eidam to High-Speed Rail Peer Review Panel


– State Controller John Chiang today announced he has appointed Diane Eidam to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Independent Peer Review Committee.

Since May 2009, Eidam has served as Executive Strategic Advisor to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), where she counsels on policy issues and performs management reviews.  Prior to that, she served more than three years as SANDAG’s Chief Deputy Executive Director, where she managed more than 200 employees involved with major policy and infrastructure projects related to transportation planning and construction, growth, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, and public safety issues.

A Folsom resident, Eidam served as Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission from October 2001 to December 2005.  She served as Deputy Director for the California Department of Transportation from April 2000 to September 2001.

She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and economics.

Approved by voters in 1996, Proposition 1A established the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and created an eight-member Peer Review Committee to provide support to the board and management, and review the planning, engineering, financing and other elements of the CHSRA's plans.

Appointed by the Governor, Controller, Treasurer, Department of Finance and the Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, the members of the Peer Review Committee will issue an analysis of the CHSRA’s financing plan, including the funding plan required for each corridor.