Sun. Jun 16th, 2024

ORANGE – The Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors has reappointed Orange County businessman and longtime transportation advocate Michael Hennessey to serve as one of two public members on the board.

Hennessey, a resident of Orange, has served on the OCTA board since 2011 and previously served as the board chairman in 2017. His new term will run through 2027.

“I am grateful for the trust my fellow board members put in me to represent the people of Orange County and to continue to improve the quality of life for residents, employees and visitors by enhancing our transportation system,” Hennessey said. “We are committed to innovation, collaboration and continuing to deliver on the promises of OCTA’s Measure M.”

Hennessey will continue to work with the board to help guide transportation policy and programs for a balanced and sustainable transportation future for Orange County’s 3.2 million residents. Those decisions are guided by Measure M, the half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements approved by voters in 1990 and reapproved in 2006.

The OCTA board is composed of all five Orange County supervisors, 10 elected city council members representing all regions of the county, and two members of the public, as well as a non-voting member representing Caltrans. Business and community leader Tam Nguyen is the other public member on the OCTA Board. Public Members serve a four-year term and are eligible to seek re-selection for additional terms.

Hennessey is the principal of his own real-estate development and consulting firm, Hennessey Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in the Southern California real estate industry, working in housing and development for redevelopment agencies as well as commercial and residential companies.

His extensive real estate experience includes the areas of development, real property acquisition, relocation and community outreach.

Hennessey received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and has taught real estate and real estate appraisal at Rancho Santiago College and Fullerton College. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children.

About OCTA:

The Orange County Transportation Authority is the county transportation planning commission, responsible for funding and implementing transit and capital projects for a balanced and sustainable transportation system that reflects the diverse travel needs of the county’s 34 cities and 3.2 million residents. With the mission of keeping Orange County moving, this includes freeways and express lanes, bus and rail transit, rideshare, commuter rail and active transportation. To sign up for more OCTA news, visit

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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