Executive Director & Staff
Executive Director - Donald E. Hunt
Don Hunt was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on January 11, 2011. In this position, Hunt is charged with leading the Department in planning for and addressing Colorado’s transportation needs. Hunt will oversee 3,300 employees statewide and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion to help CDOT continue its mission of providing the best multi-modal transportation system for Colorado that safely and most effectively moves people, goods and information.
Prior to his appointment with CDOT, Hunt spent the past eleven years as the president of the Antero Company, a project development and management firm. During this time, he consulted for both the private and public sectors, and was also appointed by then-Mayor Hickenlooper to manage the Better Denver Bond Program, a $550 million infrastructure program.
Hunt worked twenty-five years with BRW, Inc., a national transportation and urban development consulting firm, where he was the principal for transportation and urban projects. During the last ten years of his tenure with BRW, Hunt was President and CEO. While there, he served as a transportation team member for the White House Comprehensive Design Plan and Memorial Core Transportation Study in Washington, D.C., and as the chair of the Joint Venture Board for the design of the Salt Lake City light rail system. In Colorado, he was also involved in planning for the redevelopment of the Stapleton International Airport site as well as numerous other public works and infrastructure projects in Denver, Colorado Springs and Arapahoe County.
Hunt is on the board of directors of the Denver Union Station Project Authority, which is overseeing the $484 million transit redevelopment in historic Lower Downtown Denver. He has also served in a variety of positions with organizations including the Downtown Denver Partnership, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Stapleton Foundation and Crowfoot Valley Metropolitan District.
Hunt graduated from the University of Minnesota with dual degrees—a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He received a Master of City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.
Don and his wife Diane reside in Denver and Summit County. They have a son and daughter, both married. Don and Diane are originally from Minnesota and have lived in Colorado for twenty-eight years. Don’s first job out of college was with the Minnesota Highway Department working on corridor studies. Don and Diane are outdoor enthusiasts, and enjoy hiking, skiing, and golf.
Senior Management Team (SMT)
The Senior Management Team members are comprised of Office Directors, Division Directors, Regional Transportation Directors (RTD's), the Chief Engineer, and the Deputy Executive Director from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The SMT reports directly to CDOT's Executive Director. The purpose of the SMT is to focus on high-level policy and strategic issues as well as business improvement.