Executive Management Team

Brent Bernegger

VP of Finance/CFO
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Brent Bernegger is the Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT). In his role, Mr. Bernegger provides executive direction and management over SacRT's finance, management and budget, procurement, real estate and risk management departments. He provides leadership and strategic direction in policy development and directs cross functional planning and major strategic level projects.

Mr. Bernegger joined SacRT in November of 2004. Prior to working for SacRT, he was revenue manager for a software company, and a senior auditor at an accounting firm.

Doug Cook

VP of Operations
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Doug Cook is the Vice President of Operations for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) where he is responsible for day-to-day operations of Light Rail, Bus, Community Bus Service (CBS), Folsom service, Training, Facilities Maintenance, Microtransit and Accessible Services. He also plays a key role in the District-wide strategic initiatives.

Doug has been with SacRT for 25 years serving in both Light Rail and Bus divisions. Previously Doug served as the Director of Bus and CBS operations. During his time at Light Rail he worked on
the extensions to Mather Field/Mills, Folsom, and the South Line Phase 1.

Laura Ham

VP of Planning and Engineering
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Laura currently holds the lead role in managing multiple planning and engineering projects. In her position, she provides executive direction and strategic management over the strategic planning, service planning, engineering, disadvantaged business enterprise and internal audit functions. Laura has been with RT for over 19 years in multiple management roles and is committed to continuous improvement of transit service delivery and customer service excellence for the organization.

Lieutenant Justin Risley

Acting VP of Security and Safety
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Justin Risley leads all of SacRT's contracted police officers, which include law enforcement professionals from the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff's Department, Rancho Cordova Police Department, and the Folsom Police Department. He also leads SacRT’s Safety and Environmental Department and the Security Operations Center, where SacRT personnel respond to customer needs, dispatch field personnel, and oversee the vast network of cameras located throughout the system.
Additionally, Justin has oversight for the transit agents who provide customer service on the trains and who ensure that riders have paid their fares. He also hires private security guards to provide support in higher crime stations and at night when the system is down. Justin's team takes pride in finding solutions to issues that affect SacRT riders, staff, and the community.  Justin is a twenty-four year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department with extensive leadership throughout the organization.
Justin is committed to lifelong learning in order to enhance his skills, stay abreast of trends in law enforcement, and broaden his perspectives. He has a law degree (JD), a bachelor's degree in business administration, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.

Justin loves the Sacramento community and lives in Midtown, where he is actively engaged in making our community better.

Shelly Valenton

VP of Integrated Services and Strategic Initiatives
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As the Vice President of Integrated Services and Strategic Initiatives, Shelly Valenton provides oversight to the Human Resources, Labor Relations, Customer Satisfaction, Information Technology and Board Support departments. She ensures the integration and cross-functional alignment of these functions while also leading various agency-wide strategic initiatives and special projects for the General Manager/CEO.
Before joining SacRT in February 2019, Shelly served on the Executive Leadership Team at San Joaquin Delta Community College District (Delta College) as the Director of Marketing, Communications and Outreach. Prior to that position, Shelly worked at San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD) for over seven years, handling major projects and strategic initiatives and leading the agency’s marketing and community engagement efforts. RTD received APTA’s Transit System of the Year Award in 2018.
Shelly’s work on project management and marketing both at RTD and Delta College garnered regional and national awards, including an APTA AdWheel grand prize award and various awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. She also served on the board of the California Community College Public Relations Organization. Shelly holds a Transit Paratransit Management Certificate, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a BA in Communication. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband and two children.


Organization Information

SacRT District Organization Chart