In September, 2019, while serving in his seventh year as an America Walks Board Member, Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin was appointed as the new director of the California Department of Transportation by Governor Gavin Newsom.
Before to moving to California, Toks was the Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Environment and Planning at the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). In this position, he guided TDOT’s continued success in establishing transportation planning, policy, and performance and the necessary communication that is required with other governmental agencies, organizations, and the general public and legislative bodies. He was responsible for the bureau’s administrative and project budget that exceeds $250 million annually, and he led the activities of the divisions of Environment, Long-Range Planning, Project Planning and Multimodal Transportation Resources.
He previously served as the Director of Healthy Living Initiatives for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, where he led efforts to develop a Complete Streets policy for Nashville and helped established a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design for the city. He was the Mayor’s liaison to several council’s and boards appointed to improve the built environment and livability of the city.
Toks is an active member of the American Planning Association, Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University, and his work has been published in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine and profiled in The Wall Street Journal, HBO Documentaries and Newsweek magazine.