The Corpus Christi MPO Transportation Policy Committee has appointed Robert MacDonald,
MPA, P.E., as the new Transportation Planning Director, effective April 15, 2019.
Mr. MacDonald’s 30-plus year career has been split between the private and public
transportation engineering and planning sectors. He has directed multifaceted regional councils
of governments and metropolitan planning organizations with diverse memberships including
local governments, state and federal agencies, military installations, business associations,
Native American Tribes and non-profit groups.
Rob has lead the development and implementation of the administrative functions for a $200
and $35 million local transportation authority. As a professional engineer and seasoned planner,
he has worked on projects ranging from Boston’s multi-billion dollar “BIG DIG” to California toll
roads to regional transportation plans and major interchanges and corridors. Within the range
of assignments, he has managed $100-million capital improvement programs for cities and
regions, directed a national award-winning regional transportation planning process and
planned and designed a variety of transportation infrastructure projects. He has written articles
related to transportation engineering, planning, funding and public administration and has been
an invited speaker for various local, state and national meetings.
Rob has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Colorado and received
his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston. He
is a registered Professional Engineer. His affiliations include the Institute of Transportation
Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Regional Councils,
Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the Association of Defense
Rob grew up in the Boston area and has lived in Colorado for the last 28 years. He and his wife
Kathryn, have 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren.