ARC Executive Director Douglas R. Hooker

Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
Doug Hooker, Executive Director

Doug Hooker leads the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the agency which facilitates community and development strategies to enhance the Atlanta region’s growth and competitiveness. Throughout his career, Doug has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, including: Georgia Power Co., BioLab Inc., the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works, HDR, the State Road & Tollway Authority, and Atkins Global. He is active in his profession, currently serving as the President of the Executive Directors’ Council and as a member of the board of the National Association of Regional Councils. He was a cofounder of the Major Metros forum of this same association.

Doug has been and continues to be active in community organizations with current board or advisory board service for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Aurora Theatre, the Fox Theatre,  Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band, the Ivan Allen College (of Georgia Tech), the School of City and Regional Planning (Georgia Tech), Agnes Scott College, and the Georgia Drawdown Project. His past service has included board or advisory board service for the Atlanta Music Project, the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, the Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS 180, the Georgia Tech National Advisory Board, the (Georgia Tech) Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, Atlanta Technical College, the Emory University Board of Advisors, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Georgia Conservancy, the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land (Georgia Chapter). He served on the inaugural board of directors for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, helping to set policy for long-term water resource management for the region. Prior to that he also served on the board of Research Atlanta, the Regional Leadership Forum and the Civic League – all dedicated to providing elected leaders and citizens databased policy recommendations and input.

Doug is a frequent speaker for civic, nonprofit, and educational organizations around the region, the nation, and on occasion internationally. He is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership Atlanta, the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and Leadership PBS&J. Throughout his career, his professional and civic leadership has been recognized often. Most recently, he received the inaugural Aero Honors award from Aerotropolis Atlanta, the inaugural Regional Leadership Impact award from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s RLI program, the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle during its 2021 Most Admired CEO Awards banquet. He also received the 2021 President’s Award from the National Association of Regional Councils for distinguished service to the profession. In 2020 he was awarded the Donald C. Stone Award for the Outstanding Practitioner from the American Society for Public Administration.

Past awards and recognitions include the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ivan Allen College School of Public Policy, 100 Most Influential Georgians (Georgia Trend), 100 Most Influential Atlantans (Atlanta Business Chronicle), 10 Most Influential Atlantans (Atlanta Tribune), the Lauren Solomon Trailblazer Award from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), the Whitney Young Leadership Award from the Atlanta Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and an Excellence in City Government award from the Atlanta City Council. Doug has also been honored by the Mayor and Council of Atlanta with a Doug Hooker Day proclamation.

Hooker holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Technology & Science Policy degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology; he also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.

Doug’s hobbies include composing music – he has composed several symphonic pieces, choral works, and songs — singing in a community choir (The Trey Clegg Singers), playing occasionally in a community band (the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band), studying the oboe, travelling with his wife, travelling and spending time with his grandchildren, and reading.