Elizabeth Presutti was appointed Chief Executive Officer of DART by the Board of Commissioners on June 27, 2011. Presutti oversees the largest public transportation system in the state of Iowa, serving 12 member governments in and around the metro. She leads a team of nearly 300 employees and a fleet of 150 buses and 108 vans, providing nearly 5 million rides a year in the Greater Des Moines region.
Before being promoted to this top position, she was DART’s Chief Development Officer and has more than 15 years of experience in the transit industry. Prior to moving to Des Moines, Presutti worked in Charlotte, North Carolina for the Charlotte Area Transit System as the Service Planning Manager and the Bus Operations Project Manager. She also worked in Carlsbad, California as a Senior Associate for Transportation Management & Design, a public transit planning and scheduling consulting. Elizabeth is a certified planning professional with the American Institute of Certified Planners. She received her bachelor’s degree in geography from State University of New York at Cortland and a Master’s degree in geography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Presutti’s accomplishments at DART include the creation of its first long-term plan – DART Forward 2035; the construction of DART Central Station in downtown Des Moines; the integration of technology to provide GPS bus information and real-time schedules to customers via a mobile app and text messaging; and an 8 percent increase in ridership between 2011 and 2015.
She is well-known and highly-regarded in the public transit industry. Presutti serves as a board member for the American Public Transportation Associationand is a past president of the American Bus Benchmarking Group. Locally, she serves on the Polk County Housing Trust Fund board.
Brandon Smiley was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2022. He leads more than 200 employees in the Operations, Maintenance and Facilities departments.
Smiley has an extensive career in public transit with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in Kansas City, Missouri. He first began working for KCATA as a Transit Bus Operator in 2005, and over the past 17 years has worked as a Transportation Supervisor, Transportation Assistant Superintendent, Transportation Manager and the Director of Transportation for the organization.
At DART, Smiley will oversee DART’s fleet, facilities and the day-to-day operations for all of DART’s service. In addition, he will oversee vital projects supporting the delivery of current and future services.
Smiley graduated with his BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2015 and attained his MBA from American Public University in 2020.
Luis Montoya joined DART in 2018 and since then has led the planning and implementation of two major service changes as well as DART’s first mobility on demand pilot. Before joining DART, Montoya was the Director of Livable Streets for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. He holds a master’s degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Erin Hockman joined DART in 2016 as the marketing and communications manager and then moved into the role of Chief External Affairs Officer in 2020. In this role, Erin oversees marketing and communications, business and community partnerships and government relations. Before joining DART, Erin worked for Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient manufacturing company, where she worked in marketing, corporate communications and employee communications. She completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute CLP class in 2020 and was honored in the Business Record’s 2020 Forty Under 40 Class.
Beth Hanson was appointed Chief Administrative Officer in November 2022 to provide leadership to DART’s IT, Procurement, Finance, Human Resources, Training and Safety teams.
Hanson has an extensive history of leadership in central Iowa over the past 18 years, serving in several roles for Goodwill of Central Iowa and Williams Sonoma. She graduated from Central College in Pella and is a Des Moines native who graduated from Hoover High School.
DART's Leadership Team is supported by a team of 15 managers who oversee DART's staff of more than 280 employees. More information on DART's Management Team available here.