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 and community initiatives to focus on community development, transportation and mobility, water and natural resources, arts and culture, aging and health resources, workforce development, and community-oriented research and analytics.
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 work on important regional and local projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, and water.
He is deeply involved in the community, including board service on the Leadership Atlanta Board of Directors, Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS Kids Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech (President’s) Advisory Board, and the Ivan Allen College (of Georgia Tech) Advisory Board. Past community 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, the Atlanta Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and several more.
He is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including 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 (COMTO), 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 several grandchildren.