Art Hadnett

As president of HNTB’s West Division, Hadnett oversees vital and complex infrastructure programs in growth markets, including rail/transit, tolling and aviation. He has more than 30 years of infrastructure and transportation experience in high-profile mega projects throughout the United States.

Based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Hadnett is responsible for leading the operations of the nine-state West Division, including 10 offices and more than 400 employees. He oversees strategic planning and operations, represents HNTB in civic- and industry-related associations, helps recruit top talent to the firm, and fosters relationships with clients and thought leaders.

A well-respected leader inside and outside HNTB, Hadnett has been personally involved in project planning and management throughout the West. He is at the forefront of thought leadership and policymaking, particularly in California, where he holds leadership positions in several forward-thinking industry groups.

Professional affiliations:
● California Transportation Foundation, board of directors
● American Council of Engineering Companies, Los Angeles County Chapter, immediate past president
● Move LA, board of directors
● Women’s Transportation Seminar, member
● Construction Management Association of America, member

30 seconds with Art Hadnett …

Q. What’s the biggest challenge facing the transportation system in the Western United States?
A. “We’re at a crossroads. Now is the time for our generation of experts to bring fresh ideas and new technology to help shape a plan for the future – a plan that addresses population growth and traffic congestion, offers sustainability and environmental protection, and improves our quality of life.”
Q. Do you see cities and regions playing a larger role in delivering such a vision?
A. “Absolutely. The passage of Measure R and its half-cent sales tax in Los Angeles County shows us the general public will get behind smart regional transportation solutions when they’re able to see the direct benefits.”

Q. What else is needed?
A. “We need strong state and federal partners. In part, that means mobilizing a groundswell of support for investing necessary capital and the flexibility for states and communities implementing such programs. That includes expanding federal tax incentives to encourage private-sector investment in transportation.”

● Bachelor of Arts in public administration, California State University, Northridge
● System Management Certificate, University of Southern California