Douglas Hooker leads the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the regional planning agency for the 10-county, 71-city Atlanta region. ARC’s purpose is to serve as “an innovation conduit” for metro Atlanta’s regional growth challenges. The agency facilitates local government collaboration and community initiatives, focused on community development, transportation and mobility, water and natural resources, arts and culture, aging and health resources, workforce development, community research and analytics, and homeland security.
Doug’s career has spanned public and private sector organizations, including: the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (Commissioner), the Georgia State Road & Tollway Authority (Executive Director), Bio-Lab, Inc. (Director of Finance & Administration), Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J, VP for Marketing & Business Development), and Georgia Power. Throughout his career, he has worked on important regional and local projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, water and community engagement.
He is deeply involved in the community, including board service on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Directors, the Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS Kids Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech (President’s) Advisory Board and Tech’s Ivan Allen College Advisory Board, the Atlanta Technical College Local Advisory Committee, and the Agnes Scott Board of Visitors. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Music Project. Past service includes the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees, the Atlanta Opera, the Georgia Conservancy, volunteering with the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and others.
He is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Atlanta, the Regional Leadership Institute and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Whitney Young Service Award (Boy Scouts), the Distinguished Alumni Award (Ivan Allen College), 100 Most Influential Georgians (Georgia Trend Magazine), 100 Most Influential Atlantans (Atlanta Business Chronicle), 10 Most Influential Atlantans (Atlanta Tribune), Lauren H Solomon Trailblazer Award (Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials), and others.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Science (Technology & Science Policy) degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He is married to Patrise Perkins-Hooker, who is also a Tech and Emory alumna. They have two children and seven (7) grandchildren. His hobbies include studying the oboe, playing with a community wind ensemble, composing music, reading and traveling with his wife.