Next Level Leadership Series
Greenville, SC 29601
Whether you are an office manager or a project leader, all successful leaders need skills to help them positively interact with team members and colleagues. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate well, motivate their team, handle and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing workplace. Whether you're starting out in an entry-level position and looking to move up the career ladder or you're seeking a promotion, your leadership skills will be among your most valuable assets.
Douglas R. Hooker
Atlanta Regional Commission
Doug Hooker leads the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), which convenes local government leaders, their community partners, and residents in developing strategies to improve the Atlanta region’s quality of life and address the challenges of a rapidly emerging future. The agency’s work addresses community development, transportation and mobility, water and natural resources, arts and culture, aging and independence services, workforce solutions, homeland security, and community-oriented research and analytics.
In his career, Doug has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, among them: the City of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (serving as the Commissioner who led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games); the State Road & Tollway Authority, SRTA (Executive Director); Director of Finance and Administration with Bio-Lab, Inc., and Vice President for Southern States Business Development and Marketing with Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J). He began his career with Georgia Power, having worked as a design engineer, project manager, section supervisor, and as a technology policy analyst. Through the different facets of his career he has been able to work on important regional and local projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, and water.
Doug is involved in several aspects of the community and his profession. In the community his service includes board service on the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Aurora Theatre, the Atlanta Music Project, the Council for Quality Growth, the Fox Theatre Institute, and the advisory boards of the Ivan Allen College and Agnes Scott College. Professionally, he serves as First Vice President of the Executive Directors’ Council of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and he is a founding and active member of the Major Metros Seminar group. Recently, he has joined the national advisory board for SPARCC (the Strong Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge).
In past years, Doug has served on the boards of the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Civic League, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Trustees, the Georgia Tech School of Civil & Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, CHRIS 180 (formerly CHRIS Kids) Advisory Board, the Atlanta Area Technical College Institute for Males, the Regional Business Coalition board, Georgians for Passenger Rail, the Atlanta Opera, the Georgia Conservancy, Park Pride, the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, the Regional Leadership Forum, and Research Atlanta.
He is an alumnus of several leadership programs: Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, Leadership PBS&J, and IGEL (the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership.)
He has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ivan Allen College School of Public Policy, Atlanta Magazine’s 500 Most Influential Atlantans, the 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), The Whitney Young Leadership Award (Atlanta Council of Boy Scouts of America), Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, the Empowering Leader award and the Excellence in City Government award from the Atlanta City Council, and several others.
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, a Georgia Tech and Emory alumna herself, who is the County Attorney for Fulton County and the first African American to serve as President of the State Bar of Georgia. In his spare time, Doug composes music, studies the oboe, (occasionally) produces oboe concerts, sings with the Trey Clegg Singers, loves to travel with his wife, spend time with his grandchildren, and read.
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