Douglas Hooker is the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). As head of the official planning organization for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, he oversees regional planning programs in the areas of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development and more.
Mr. Hooker is deeply involved in the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Doug was a co-founder, board member and former chairman of the Civic League for Regional Atlanta. He serves on numerous other boards, including, the Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS Kids, and The Atlanta Opera. He is a former board member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Regional Business Coalition, Georgians for Passenger Rail, Georgia Conservancy, Park Pride and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, among others. He was also appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to serve on the inaugural board of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.
In his career he has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, among them: the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (where he led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games), the State Road & Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Power, Bio-Lab, Inc., and Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J). He has worked as a design engineer, engineering project manager, finance and administrative director, and a business development and marketing executive – working on important regional projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, and water.
Doug holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Science (in 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. In his spare time he likes playing in a community band, composing music, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.