Date appointed: 1/7/11
Senate Committee hearing date: 2/22/11
Senate Committee hearing vote: Confirmed, 35-0
Senate vote date: February 28, 2011
Senate vote: Confirmed - Unanimous
"Donald Hunt has the depth and breadth of experience to tackle the wide variety of transportation issues facing Colorado,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “Colorado’s transportation needs are as varied as its scenery. Don is one of the country’s finest transportation thinkers and he knows how to bring projects in on time and under budget."
Don Hunt was appointed the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation by Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2011. Hunt oversees the department’s 3,300 employees and nearly $1.2 billion annual budget. Hunt leads CDOT in its mission to provide the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that safely and most effectively moves people, goods and information. Hunt’s approach to transportation relies on innovation in financing and project development and a renewed focus on public-private partnerships.
Previously, Hunt worked 25 years with BRW Inc., a national transportation and urban development consulting firm. Hunt served as the president and CEO and as a transportation team member for the White House Comprehensive Design Plan, the Memorial Core Transportation Study in Washington, D.C., and the chair of the Joint Venture Board for the design of the Salt Lake City light rail system. In Colorado, Hunt helped plan the redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport site and other public works and infrastructure projects.
Hunt was the president of the Antero Company, a project development and management firm, for 11 years, where he consulted for both the private and public sectors. He was appointed by then-Mayor Hickenlooper to manage the Better Denver Bond Program, a $550 million infrastructure program.
Hunt has served in a variety of positions with organizations including the Children’s Museum of Denver; the Crowfoot Valley Metropolitan District; the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Downtown Denver Partnership; and the Stapleton Foundation
Originally from Minnesota, Hunt has lived in Colorado for 30 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and of Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. Hunt earned a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.
About the Department of Transportation:
Colorado is responsible for a 9,144-mile highway system, including 3,429 bridges, which handles over 28 billion vehicle miles of travel each year. The Colorado Department of Transportation leads the effort to plow millions of miles of snow-covered road and to repair and maintain the roadways. The Department of Transportation is led by an executive director and includes the Division of engineering & Maintenance, the Division of Transportation Development, the Division of Aeronautics, the Division of Human Resources & Administration, the Division of Accounting & Finance and the Division of Transit and Rail.