Luis Lugo Jr.
DCRA Board Member & Senior Vice President, Business Development Americas
Luis Lugo Jr. has more than 30 years of experience in program, project, and construction management as well as operations and maintenance. He has extensive experience in the planning and management of resiliency and disaster recovery programs and projects, having been involved with both immediate recovery efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey and, more recently, in the rebuilding and resiliency efforts for key transit, road and highway, and other infrastructure projects throughout the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Through this experience, Lugo understands the unique drivers of resiliency and recovery projects, including community pressure to return to normalcy and rebuild schools, hospitals, and other services and infrastructure; the requirements and constraints involved in securing FEMA and HUD-CDBG funding; and the technical and managerial challenges of working on multi-stakeholder, high-profile assignments.
Prior to his current role, Lugo served as Hill International’s Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the Southeast U.S. & Latin America, as Senior Vice President responsible for managing Hill’s Claims Consulting Services practice in the Northeastern U.S., and as President/Chief Operations Officer of PACO Group, Inc., an engineering consulting firm headquartered in New York City with offices in Florida and Colombia. His previous experience also includes positions as Vice President of Business Development for Hill International’s Northeast Region. Before joining the construction consulting industry, Lugo spent 20 years with the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer with assignments worldwide.
Lugo holds a Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Development from the University of Phoenix in Arizona and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition to serving on the DRCA Board, he is an active member of several industry organizations, including the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the National Transportation Diversity Council, the American Public Transportation Association, and the Construction Management Association of America.
“Resiliency and recovery projects and programs are about saving lives. Whether that’s in the wake of a disaster and we’re rebuilding a community, or whether we’re out in front with a client working to mitigate impacts before disaster strikes. There is no higher priority for a project.”
-Luis Lugo Jr.