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Douglas Hooker to speak at MLK breakfast

Douglas R. Hooker

Douglas R. Hooker

CONYERS — Douglas R. Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual community breakfast honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The event, sponsored by The Conyers-Rockdale County Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of the NAACP, is set for 7:45 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at LongHorn Steakhouse, located at 1294 Iris Drive. As in the past, LongHorn will donate all of the food for the event. A $10 per person charge will benefit United Way.

According to Fred Boscarino, president and CEO of the Chamber, the focus of the event is community recognition, fellowship and singing.

As head of the ARC, the official planning organization for the 10-county, 70-city Atlanta region, Hooker oversees regional planning programs in the areas of transportation, community development, land use, water and natural resources, aging services and workforce development and more.

Hooker is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Georgia, the Regional Leadership Institute, and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. He was a co-founder, board member and former chairman of the Civic League for Regional Atlanta. He serves on numerous other boards, including the Council for Quality Growth, CHRIS Kids, and the Atlanta Institute for Males at Atlanta Technical College. He is a former board member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Emory University Board of Visitors, the Regional Business Coalition, Georgians for Passenger Rail, Georgia Conservancy, Park Pride and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, among others. He was also appointed by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to serve on the inaugural board of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.

In his career he has worked for public sector and private sector organizations, among them: the city of Atlanta’s Department of Public Works (where he led the agency through the 1996 Olympic Games), the state Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Power, Bio-Lab Inc., and Atkins Engineering (formerly PBS&J). He has worked as a design engineer, engineering project manager, finance and administrative director, and a business development and marketing executive working on regional and local projects in the areas of energy, education, transportation, transit, and water.

Hooker holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree and a master of science in technology and science policy degree from Georgia Tech, as well as a master’s of business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He is married to Patrise Perkins-Hooker.