Former City of Columbus employee and graduate of The Ohio State University returns to the region
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has named Parag Agrawal as Chief Mobility and Infrastructure Officer, and Senior Director of Programming. Agrawal’s leadership will play a pivotal role in advancing the region’s capital improvement plans, shaping a future marked by innovation and collaboration.
Agrawal has more than 20 years of experience leading high-performance, service-oriented work environments, promoting sustainable growth practices, and advancing economic development and multi-modal transportation networks. As a graduate student at The Ohio State University, he interned with MORPC. Upon graduation, Parag began his career with the City of Columbus’ Department of Development, serving as a representative for the Italian Village and German Village Architectural Review Commissions.
Agrawal will focus on securing federal awards and other grants and will work collaboratively on regional funding strategies. Additionally, he will spearhead federal, state, and local policy dialogue to connect and integrate large regional initiatives toward a comprehensive vision focused on equity, access, and economic investment.
Agrawal most recently served as Executive Director at the Polk Transportation Planning Organization in Bartow, Florida. Located between Tampa and Orlando, Polk is the fastest growing county in Florida and the fifth fastest growing county in the country, with a population of more than 800,000 residents. Agrawal led various multi-jurisdictional and interagency planning efforts to extend SunRail commuter rail and Brightline high speed rail, the Vision Zero planning process, and Polk Transit Vision 2032.
Before joining Polk County, Agrawal served as the Planning Director of Prince William County in Virginia and as the Community Development Director of the city of Milton, Georgia. In Prince William County, he facilitated more than 140 development projects and collaborated with various stakeholders to develop the county’s comprehensive plan. In Milton, Agrawal worked with developers to facilitate the development of the city’s new downtown with more than $600 million in investments, developed the city’s trail master plan and updated the city’s tree preservation ordinance.
Agrawal holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Aligarh University in India.