Former Tauscher aid to join BART

Former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s district director, Jennifer Barton, has been selected BART’s new executive manager of external affairs.

BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger told her team this morning of her choice of Barton, who has been the face of District 10 for seven years. (See memo below.)

Barton has been working for newly elected Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, during the transition.

But BART is a good fit for Barton. She knows transportation; Tauscher was the ranking Californian on the House Transportation Committee. And Barton is highly respected and well-liked among East Bay power brokers.

“I am thrilled to have this new job at BART,” Barton said. “I started the application process back in June. It’s hard to leave such a great congressional shop, although I will still have the opportunity in my new job to work with a lot of the same people.”

Barton will succeed Katherine Strehl, who retired from BART.

Garamendi had this to say about Barton:  “I want to thank Jennifer Barton for her service to the 10th Congressional District. She has been an invaluable resource during my Congressional transition. While I am sad to see her go, I am happy for Jennifer and glad that BART has hired such a knowledgable and competent person as their director of external affairs. I look forward to working with Jennifer in her new capacity in the years to come.”

Read on for memo from Dugger:


TO:    Board of Directors          DATE:  November 19, 2009

FROM:  General Manager

SUBJECT:  Personnel Appointment

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Barton to the position of Executive Manager, External Affairs.  Jennifer is a seasoned political and policy director, who brings a strong background of accomplishment to the position at BART.

Most recently, Jennifer served as the District Director for former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and is currently Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Garamendi.  Prior to joining Tauscher’s office in 2003, Jennifer worked as the District Director for two members of the California State Assembly and has managed campaigns, including bond and tax measures.

Jennifer brings experience working with transportation, government and community partners on regional transportation and other legislative priorities and strategic communication which will help guide our efforts to advocate for funding to meet our extensive capital needs.

Jennifer will be joining us in mid-December.  Please join me in welcoming Jennifer to her new position.

Signed Original on File
Dorothy W. Dugger

Lisa Vorderbrueggen