Chris J. Yatooma, Commissioner

State Transportation Commissioner Chris Yatooma

Commissioner Chris Yatooma, (R) of Bloomfield Hills, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder effective October 29, 2018.

Mr. Yatooma has been a Principal of OCG Companies (OCG) for over 20 years, a multi-dimensional industrial services construction company focused on serving the utility industry. OCG’s areas of expertise include surface restoration, trucking support, material hauling, fuel supply, scaffolding, fuel line installations, soil engineering, among many additional client-driven services. OCG works to hire and support personnel from urban workforce development programs and non-profit organizations throughout Michigan.

Mr. Yatooma is also a Principal of MSY Capital Partners (MSY), a real estate acquisition and development company. His portfolio focuses on underperforming assets in the multi-family, MHC, retail, office, industrial and recreational real estate sectors. MSY uses innovative short-term turnaround strategies to reposition the asset for sale.

In 2005, Mr. Yatooma was honored by Crain’s Business Publication and was the second youngest person to receive the prestigious “Top 40 under 40” award. Mr. Yatooma proudly serves on the Oakland County Sherriff’s Advisory Council, and previously served on the transition team for two Detroit Mayors.

In addition to his business ventures, Mr. Yatooma has always been focused on making a material and measurable impact with his charitable endeavors. For decades, he has funded and organized the operational logistics of relief teams in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras and areas throughout South America and Asia. Part of his chartable work includes funding several orphanages in India, Haiti and Kenya, as well as funding a rescue campus in Nepal accounting for several hundred children being rescued from homelessness and a life of poverty, forced labor or human trafficking.

Mr. Yatooma also currently sits on the Board of Directors of Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids as well as The New Foster Care, a 501(c)(3) organization that he co-founded and runs that is committed to accomplishing positive and materially measurable change in the foster care space by 1) servicing at-risk families, 2) supporting foster & adoptive families, and 3) strengthening youth who are transitioning-out of foster care with future opportunities.  He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ron Boji.

Mr. Yatooma's commission will expire on December 20, 2020.