Douglas Rex

Executive Director

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

As executive director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Douglas W. Rex leads the organization that has been fostering collaboration among cities, towns and counties in the Denver metropolitan area for more than 60 years.

Rex leads a staff of 116 employees in their efforts to make life better for the region’s 3.2 million residents. As the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, DRCOG awards hundreds of millions of dollars annually for transportation projects. It develops the long-range plan for the region’s growth and development, Metro Vision, and supports ongoing efforts by the region’s communities to contribute to realizing their shared vision of the future. And as the Area Agency on Aging for the region, DRCOG allocates funding to community providers and offers information, referrals and direct services for older adults, people with disabilities and veterans. Colorado has the third-fastest growing population of older adults in the nation.

At the state and federal level, Rex represents the board’s priorities by advocating for favorable legislation and funding for transportation, and on behalf of the region’s most vulnerable older adults.
Rex builds relationships between DRCOG and its 58 member communities, represented by elected officials who serve on DRCOG’s board of directors. Through such relationships, each community thrives at the local level and enhances and protects the quality of life at the regional level. 

Rex fosters a spirit of innovation at DRCOG, encouraging the development of groundbreaking public-private partnerships and pilot programs, such as a five-year, $4.5 million funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to address social factors affecting health. Under his leadership, the organization is creating the metro area’s first regionwide plan to promote walking and bicycling, and coordinating regionwide efforts to reduce fatal crashes. Rex also serves on the board of directors for Mobility Choice Blueprint, a partnership among DRCOG, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Transportation District and the Colorado Department of Transportation to leverage emerging mobility technology into an integrated transportation system for the region.  

Rex has been working in the transportation planning and policy field for more than 25 years. Prior to appointment as DRCOG’s executive director in October 2017, Rex led DRCOG’s Transportation Planning and Operations division.

Prior to coming to DRCOG, Rex spent 17 years with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Rex also worked for the City of Topeka, Kansas, the Mid-America Regional Council and as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Douglas Rex

Executive Director

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

As executive director of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Douglas W. Rex leads the organization that has been fostering collaboration among cities, towns and counties in the Denver metropolitan area for more than 60 years.

Rex leads a staff of 116 employees in their efforts to make life better for the region’s 3.2 million residents. As the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization, DRCOG awards hundreds of millions of dollars annually for transportation projects. It develops the long-range plan for the region’s growth and development, Metro Vision, and supports ongoing efforts by the region’s communities to contribute to realizing their shared vision of the future. And as the Area Agency on Aging for the region, DRCOG allocates funding to community providers and offers information, referrals and direct services for older adults, people with disabilities and veterans. Colorado has the third-fastest growing population of older adults in the nation.

At the state and federal level, Rex represents the board’s priorities by advocating for favorable legislation and funding for transportation, and on behalf of the region’s most vulnerable older adults.
Rex builds relationships between DRCOG and its 58 member communities, represented by elected officials who serve on DRCOG’s board of directors. Through such relationships, each community thrives at the local level and enhances and protects the quality of life at the regional level. 

Rex fosters a spirit of innovation at DRCOG, encouraging the development of groundbreaking public-private partnerships and pilot programs, such as a five-year, $4.5 million funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to address social factors affecting health. Under his leadership, the organization is creating the metro area’s first regionwide plan to promote walking and bicycling, and coordinating regionwide efforts to reduce fatal crashes. Rex also serves on the board of directors for Mobility Choice Blueprint, a partnership among DRCOG, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Transportation District and the Colorado Department of Transportation to leverage emerging mobility technology into an integrated transportation system for the region.  

Rex has been working in the transportation planning and policy field for more than 25 years. Prior to appointment as DRCOG’s executive director in October 2017, Rex led DRCOG’s Transportation Planning and Operations division.

Prior to coming to DRCOG, Rex spent 17 years with the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. Rex also worked for the City of Topeka, Kansas, the Mid-America Regional Council and as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma.