Doug Hooker

Doug Hooker

Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Connector Park

Doug Hooker leads the Atlanta Connector Park Project, an initiative to build a park over I-75/85 in the heart of the city. Throughout his career, Doug has worked for public sector and private sector organizations including: the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Atlanta Department of Public Works, the State Road & Tollway Authority, Atkins Global Engineering and Georgia Power.

Doug currently serves on the boards of several community organizations including the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Housing Authority, the Latin American Association, the Clayton State University Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, the Fox Theatre, Aurora Theatre, the Ivan Allen College (of Georgia Tech) advisory board, and the Hands On Atlanta advisory board. In addition to community service, he is currently a Special Fellow with the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University. He is also on the board of directors of Barge Design Solutions, a privately held engineering consulting firm.

His past service has included the Atlanta Music Project, the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance, the Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS 180, the Georgia Tech (President’s) Advisory Board, the (Georgia Tech) Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Georgia Conservancy, the Piedmont Park Conservancy, the Trust for Public Land – Georgia Chapter, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the Metro Atlanta Chamber Transportation Committee, the Civic League, The Emory University Board of Advisors, and Atlanta Technical College.

Doug is an alumnus of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, and Leadership PBS&J. Throughout his career, he has received many honors and recognitions, including the Dean George Griffin Community Service Award from the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, the inaugural AeroATL Honors award, the inaugural Regional Leadership Institute Outstanding Leader award, the Outstanding CEO from the Atlanta Business Chronicle, award for Distinguished Community Impact from the American Council of Engineering Consultants, award for career achievement from the Latin American Association, 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 Harry West Regional Visionary Leadership Award, the President’s Award from the National Association of Regional Councils, the Whitney Young Award from Boy Scouts of America, the Lauren Solomon Award from COMTO, Excellence in City Government award from the Atlanta City Council, and many more. In March 1997, he was recognized by the Mayor and City Council with a Doug Hooker Day. He attended Emory as one of the business school’s first Woodruff Scholars and was recognized by that faculty with the Outstanding Graduate Student award upon graduation.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science from Georgia Tech, as well as an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business.

His hobbies include composing music (symphonic, choral and instrumental works), singing with The Trey Clegg Singers, studying the oboe, traveling with his wife, spending time with his grandchildren, and reading.