Considered one of the preeminent transportation planning experts in the nation, Hasan Ikhrata is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region's quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county. Mr. Ikhrata leads a staff of about 350 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination, and public safety. Mr. Ikhrata has over 30 years of public and private sector transportation planning experience in the region. As Executive Director of SANDAG, he directs day‐to‐day operations of the agency and implements policies set by its governing board. In addition, Mr. Ikhrata is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG. Mr. Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including the American Society of Public Administration, Southern California Leadership Council, Orange County Transportation Authority, Orange County Business Council, League of California Cities, City of Los Angeles, State of California Certificate of Recognition, Association of the San Bernardino County Special Districts, the Building Industry Association, regional chapters of the Women’s Transportation Seminar and numerous others. Mr. Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining SANDAG in 2018, Mr. Ikhrata worked for Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Mr. Ikhrata is an adjunct professor in the business school at California State University, Northridge. Examples of his contributions include:
- Led the development of the 2012 and 2016 editions of the Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy, a shared vision for Southern California’s sustainable future that includes strategies that would maintain economic growth while improving air quality and public health.
- Initiated a sustainability grant program that has, since 2005, awarded $34 million in funding to 275 projects from local jurisdictions throughout the six-county, 191-city region, promoting implementation of strategies set out in the Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy.
- Championed regional equity in state funding, including cap-and-trade revenues, of transportation and housing projects, securing a fair and appropriate share for Southern California.
- Led negotiation with the California High Speed Rail Authority to invest $1 billion in upgrades to the regional rail system so residents can benefit from speed and safety improvements as early as possible.
- Established a six-county CEO’s Sustainability Working Group to coordinate implementation of sustainability measures, policies and programs.
- Increased SCAG’s presence in the region, expanding the agency’s satellite offices to each county in the region.
- Received one of four awards nationwide from FHWA to advance methods of analyzing greenhouse gas emissions generated from multimodal transit trips, including first-last mile access and egress from stations.
- Invested in the development of future leaders in transportation by Initiating a scholarship program throughout the six-county region, significantly expanding the student intern program at SCAG and instituting a SCAG Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) annual scholarship for the LA, Orange and Inland Empire WTS chapters.