Brent Felker, P.E.
With more than three decades of transportation planning and engineering management experience, Brent is president of HDR’s award-winning transportation program, ranked 7th in Engineering News-Record “Top 20 Transportation Design Firms.” He manages and leads the growth of the $1 billion program with 4,000 professionals who provide comprehensive infrastructure planning, design, development and delivery services. In 2019, Brent was nominated and voted on to the HDR Board of Directors. His leadership philosophy embraces technical innovation, sustainability and strong relationships.
Brent has both a public and private sector background leading large complex organizations, addressing the needs of multiple constituencies and delivering engineering solutions. He shares our clients’ passion for delivering projects that improve mobility and contribute to a stronger society with greater levels of accessibility.
At HDR, Brent has held several transportation and operational roles, including serving as global operations director prior to becoming transportation group president. His project work has included industry benchmarks and award-winners such as the SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington; the Oregon Bridge Delivery Program; Legacy Parkway near Salt Lake City; Access Utah County Program Management, Golden Gate Bridge; the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Interstate 5 through Orange County. An advocate of leadership and professional development, Brent encourages technical experts and teams to embrace the future of transportation and its potential to add value and efficiency to the infrastructure development process.
Brent’s public sector experience includes 20 years with the California Department of Transportation. He held the roles of district director in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles and Ventura counties, headquarters, chief of construction, and then chief engineer/deputy director for project delivery. At Caltrans, he had the opportunity to work on many complex projects, including: the I-5 widening projects in Irvine, Santa Ana and Anaheim; the San Joaquin and Foothill Eastern Toll Corridors Design-Build projects; and the SR 91 P3, one of the earliest U.S. P3 projects, which also introduced congestion-priced HOT lanes and fully automated tolling. Brent also served as program director for the California High Speed Rail Program.