HNTB adds Russ Poppe as Central Division federal programs consultant

Industry leader brings 21 years of experience in flood resiliency, mitigation and control

HOUSTON (Aug. 31, 2021) – Russell Poppe, PE, has joined HNTB Corporation as a federal programs consultant for the firm’s Central Division. Based in the Houston office, Poppe will be working directly with HNTB office leaders in Texas and throughout the division to provide strategic assistance to clients in developing and implementing local, state and federal flood control programs.

“Russ’ skills and relationships in Texas and across the industry mesh with our strategic plan,” said Chris Price, PE, HNTB Central Division president. “He is a strong, respected leader who will help us win and deliver for our clients.”

Named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers in 2018 by Engineering News-Record, Poppe has 21 years of experience in flood risk reduction, stormwater quality management, regional planning studies and delivering large infrastructure projects. He also is an expert in the hydrology and hydraulics field.

“We are so excited to have Russ as part of our team at HNTB,” said Mike Inabinet, PE, HNTB Central U.S. president. His experience working with community leaders, supporting elected officials and leading the planning and implementation of complex infrastructure solutions is exactly what our clients and communities need.”

Before joining HNTB, Poppe was executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District. He managed more than $2.4 billion in district assets and successfully led a $2.5 billion bond program in 2018, approved by more than 85% of county voters.

“The bond measure is just one example of Russ’ strong leadership,” Inabinet said. “He communicates a vision in a way that motivates others to support community betterment.”

Poppe is a registered professional engineer in Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

HNTB has been involved in some of the Central region’s most high-profile, complex water control programs, including the New Orleans’ upgraded storm reduction system and Dallas’ Trinity River levee system reaccreditation.