Executive Office

Chief Executive Officer - Darrell Johnson

JohnsonDarrell Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), serving in this position since March 2013. 

OCTA is responsible for planning, financing, and coordinating Orange County's freeway, street, and rail development, as well as managing bus services, commuter-rail services, and paratransit service. OCTA has 1,500 employees, a $1.1 billion annual budget, and is governed by a 17-voting member board of directors.

In collaboration with OCTA’s Board of Directors, Johnson is responsible for providing overall leadership of the agency by formulating and achieving public transportation objectives. He develops and implements short-range and long-range goals and business plans to support the successful implementation of OCTA’s strategic vision.

Johnson represents OCTA on local, state and national issues related to transportation programs and policies. In 2012, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association. He recently completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Johnson’s career in transportation spans nearly 22 years, the last 10 of which have been at OCTA. Johnson has held positions in Planning, Programming, Project Development and Capital Program Delivery, and served as Executive Director of Rail Programs. Prior to being appointed to the position of CEO, Johnson had served as Deputy CEO since March 2010.   

Johnson lives in Rancho Santa Margarita with his wife and two daughters.


Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Ken Phipps

PhippsKen Phipps is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).

Prior to serving as OCTA’s Deputy CEO, Ken was the Executive Director of Finance and Administration where he directed the OCTA’s financial planning, budgeting, accounting, financial reporting, information technology, contracts administration and materials management, treasury, and general administration functions. 

Ken first joined the OCTA in 1992 with a broad background of experiences in the private sector, ranging from manufacturing to service to defense contracting.  He worked as a financial analyst building the OCTA annual budget and long-term financial plans.  In 1998, Ken left the OCTA to join the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, a $2.4 billion freight rail project linking the San Pedro Ports with downtown Los Angeles, where for two years he served as Budget Manager and Controller.  Ken returned to OCTA as the Budget Manager, then Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Director of Finance and Administration, before advancing to Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

Ken earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics from the California State University, Fullerton.  He also attended Cornell University, School of Engineering and completed the Management Development Program at the University of Southern California.

2013 CEO INITIATIVES