Executive Leadership Team

Alan Clark

Alan C. Clark

Chief Strategy Officer

“Working together, we can always achieve more.”
— Alan C. Clark


Alan C. Clark is METRO’s chief strategy officer.

In this role, Alan is developing partnership opportunities which support both the investment priorities of METRO and those of partner agencies. These may include projects with other transit providers, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) local governments and the private sector.

Prior to joining METRO in March 2021, Clark was the director of transportation and air quality planning for over 30 years at H-GAC. There, he was the director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and responsible for development of the region’s multimodal transportation plans.

Clark has vast experience in multimodal transportation planning and funding prioritization for local, state, and federal transportation investments as well as a clear understanding of the region’s transportation needs.

When Clark moved to Houston in 1981, he worked as a transportation planner for METRO and was an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University.

Past Positions

  • Director of Transportation Planning, Houston-Galveston Area Council
  • Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas Southern University
  • Transportation Consultant

Professional Associations and Activities

  • 2009 – 2014, Member, Oversight Committee for Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Programs 2 (SHRP2)
  • Past Member, Board of Advisors, Eno Foundation
  • Past Member, Texas Transportation Institute Advisory Board
  • Past Member, Center for Transportation Training and Research Advisory Board, Texas Southern University
  • Past Member, Transportation Research Board’s Policy Study Committee on Climate Change in the United States
  • 2006-08 Member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Transportation Systems and Infrastructure – Gulf Coast Case Study


  • 2017, Ronald F. Kirby Memorial National Award for Individual Leadership presented by Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
  • 2009, Anchor Award for Transportation Excellence in the Houston - Galveston area
  • 1995, Road Hand Award, Texas Department of Transportation, for significant contributions to development of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and expertise in retooling of the transportation planning process

Education and Certifications

  • M.S. Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University
  • M.S. City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
  • B.S. Business Administration and Transportation/Management Science, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (his hometown)