Roger Dickinson serves as the Policy Director for CivicWell, providing direction and advocacy at the state and local levels for the organization's policies, programs, and priorities. In addition, he works with the Housing Concepts Coalition, which brings together diverse stakeholders to advocate for legislative and administrative steps to increase housing.
Roger currently serves on the boards of the MS Society of Northern California, the Aerospace Museum of California, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation, and is a co-founder of SMART, Sacramento Metro Advocates for Rail and Transit. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, where he lettered in varsity basketball and earned a law degree at UCLA in 1976.
Roger lives with his wife, Marj, in the Woodlake neighborhood, where they have owned a home for over 40 years.
A History of Success
Roger has been a dedicated public servant for over four decades, representing California as a consumer protection advocate, educator, Sacramento Supervisor, and State Assemblymember.
A strong advocate for youth, the environment, and job creation, Roger has been at the forefront of reform in California. He believes in working together to create lasting solutions.
Previously, Roger served as the Executive Director of Transportation California, a non-profit construction industry coalition that provides public education and advocacy to increase state funding for surface transportation infrastructure. During Roger’s tenure, the legislature passed, and the governor signed SB 1, The Road Repair and Accountability Act, the largest transportation funding legislation in California history, and the voters passed Proposition 69 and defeated Proposition 6 in 2018. As a result, California now enjoys more than
$5 billion per year in funding for roads, bridges, public transportation, and active transportation.
Roger was elected to the State Assembly in November 2010 and 2012, centered in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. As a legislator, Dickinson focused on environmental quality, education, health, and human services for children and families, economic development, and consumer protection. In his first year, he achieved a 100% bill-signing success rate with 7 bills signed into law. The governor signed 9 more bills in the second year of his term. In 2013, 11 bills were signed into law, followed by his most successful year in 2014, with the Governor signing all 15 bills – another 100% success rate.
Before his election to the Assembly, Dickinson served on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors from February 1994 through 2010. As a Sacramento County Board of Supervisors member, Dickinson played key roles in health care, welfare reform, economic development, clean air, improved transportation, and smart growth.