Dan Grabauskas is the executive director for the city's rail agency, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. He was the lone executive director finalist named by the HART board.
HART is a semi-autonomous city agency responsible for constructing, maintaining and operating the planned Honolulu Rail Project on Oahu.
Grabauskas' three-year contract pays a salary of $245,000, plus $42,000 per year for housing and transportation and the possibility of a $35,000 annual performance bonus.
In April 2013, he was awarded that bonus.
Before joining HART, Grabauskas was chairman and senior strategic advisor at Bronner Center for Transportation Management. Before that, he had been a senior fellow for public policy at Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) from November 2009 to June 2010.
He served as general manager for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from May 2005 to August 2009. An August 2009 Boston Globe article reported that Grabauskas, a Republican appointed by then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left MBTA amid financial problems and political squabbles.
In 2007, Boston Magazine listed him as the highest-paid civil servant, with a $255,000 annual salary that surpassed Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Masschusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Grabauskas holds a bachelor's degree in political science from College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School of Management.