David Zelenok, P.E., M.ASCE

Government Service Manager, HR Green, Inc.

David Zelenok, PE,  M.ASCEis Manager of Local Governmental Services and has thirty years of senior management experience at the municipal, state, and federal levels and a consulting engineer managing the “full-spectrum” of transportation service delivery and public works, including Aviation, Mass Transit, Civil Engineering Toll Highway, and Public Works operations. Dave is an internationally recognized civic innovator, speaker, and licensed civil engineer who founded the nation’s first municipal Innovation Team focusing on emerging transportation and smart cities technologies.

From 2007 to 2015, he served in several roles for the City of Centennial, Colorado (population 110,000) – including Chief Innovation Officer, Interim City Manager, and Director of Public Works. While with Centennial, he led the outsourcing of its entire Public Works Department in a move that is widely recognized as the largest conversion of its kind to a public-to-private partnership (P3) in the nation. Dave helped lead a voter-approved initiative to authorize municipal broadband deployment throughout the community in partnership with the private sector, the first major city in Colorado to do so. Under his leadership, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recognized Centennial as one of 14 cities internationally to be awarded a multi-million grant to advance their innovation and smart cities technologies.

Dave served fourteen years as Director of Public Works and Transportation for the City of Colorado Springs. His responsibilities included constructing 400 miles of new streets and highways and hundreds of new fiber-optic interconnected traffic signals, largely through exactions and public-private partnerships (P3’s) with the development community valued at roughly $2 Billion. He also oversaw Colorado’s longest toll road and second-largest mass transit system, coordinating it with 4 non-profit complementary ADA paratransit systems.  Dave also oversaw the management and operation of the Colorado Springs Airport. He was responsible for a major expansion project there, including the construction of a new runway and an entirely new mid-field airport terminal complex. The improvements enabled the creation of a new coast-to-coast airline with its operational hub and headquarters in Colorado Springs. The airport was designated the nation’s fastest-growing airport under his direction for two consecutive years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a 2014 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives in Government Program.