William Ridder

Title: 
Executive Officer
Organization: 
LA Metro
Bio: 

Wil is an Executive Officer in Countywide Planning and Development at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority known as LA Metro.  Over the last seventeen years Wil has led the development and implementation of innovative regional transportation policies, plans and programs that promote the economic, social equity, environmental, and community character goals of regions in both Northern and Southern California.  As an Executive Officer at LA Metro, Wil manages the implementation of state and federal transportation funding policy including the analysis of legislation, the development of state and federal program guidelines, the identification and prioritization of Metro projects, and the coordination of candidate project applications. 

During his five-years at LA Metro Wil has managed the implementation of Metro’s 2018 State and Federal discretionary grants initiative that resulted in the award of approximately $1.8 billion of State funding across the first cycle of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) programs and the fourth cycle of Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) funding.  Wil also supported the successful passage of the $120 billion Los Angeles County Measure M transportation sales tax program in 2016 including the coordination and facilitation with local agency partners on the sales tax structure, geo-political boundaries, and project/program priorities.

Prior to joining LA Metro Wil served as a Senior Regional Planner with the San Joaquin Council of Governments in Northern California where he managed the development of the $3 billion San Joaquin County Measure K Renewal transportation sales tax program passed by San Joaquin County voters in November 2006.  Wil subsequently led the strategic financing and programming for the $850 million Measure K Renewal Early Action Program which included the securement of over $450 million in state Proposition 1B bond funds.

Wil received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.