Elissa Konove was appointed undersecretary at the California State Transportation Agency in May 2019. Prior to her appointment, Elissa served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) since 2015. She held several positions at the Federal Highway Administration from 2006 to 2015, including Chief Financial Officer, Acting Director of Field Services South and Director of the Office of Budget. Elissa was a transportation program examiner and budget preparation specialist at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States from 2001 to 2006. Elissa earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.