Conference Session 2018-Closing Conversation: Highlighting Regional Leadership

Dan Sperling

Dan Sperling is the Blue Planet Prize Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS–Davis) at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 (appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16. Dr. Sperling’s forthcoming book, Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future, will be released February 2018.

Doug Hooker

Doug Hooker is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Throughout his career, Doug has held positions in the public and private sector, for Atlanta’s Department of Public Works, the State Road and Tollway Authority, Georgia Power Company, Biolab Inc., and Atkins Engineering. His career has addressed regional challenges regarding energy, education, transportation, water, economic mobility and more. Doug currently serves on the board for the Council for Quality Growth, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Board and many others. He is an alumnus of several leadership programs as well as the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions such as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ivan Allen School of Public Policy.

Hasan Ikhrata

Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the Southern California Association of Governments. Throughout his 25 years of experience, he has worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions from organizations such as MOVE LA, the American Society of Public Administration, the Orange County Transportation Authority and more. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University, a Master’s in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a PhD in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

James Corless

James Corless is the CEO for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Prior to this position, James was the founding director of Transportation of America, and held a senior position at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout his career, he has implemented a series of Transportation Leadership Academies, helped launched the Smart Cities Collaborative, and worked with regional planning commissions to develop data based decision making. He has also helped author some of California’s most groundbreaking legislation which have encouraged transportation growth and economic development. Now appointed by SACOG, Corless will lead the agency into its next phase.

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