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 18 cities in and around Polk County. 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.
Frederick Gilliam was appointed Chief Operating Officer at DART in July 2019. He leads the operations, safety and risk management, maintenance and facilities departments, and oversees DART’s Fixed Route and Paratransit services.
Gilliam joined DART with extensive experience in public transportation. He spent 18 years working in operations for New Jersey Transit where he was ultimately promoted to the Director of Road and Bus Terminal Operations. Prior to joining DART, he served as the Director of Transportation for the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) in Albany, NY.
In his past roles, Gilliam was responsible for maintaining customer satisfaction through high on-time performance rates, he oversaw high-visibility and peak-ridership events, and he served as a subject matter expert for labor relations and bargaining. Over his more than 20-year career in transportation, Gilliam has received many recognitions, including leading the operations for a two-time American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) award winning agency, New Jersey Transit.
Gilliam received a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.
Jamie Schug was appointed Chief Financial Officer at DART in August 2010. She leads the accounting, procurement and information technology departments.
Schug began her professional career as a Budget Analyst and then as the Budget Manager for the city of West Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked for ten years. She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa and a Master’s degree in business administration from Drake University in Des Moines.
At DART, Schug keeps the finances of Iowa’s largest transit organization in order by providing oversight of department functions, developing and implementing DART’s budget, and by providing recommendations to DART’s CEO and Board of Commissioners regarding budget and financial matters.
Schug was named as one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 in 2012. She has a passion for public service that carries over into her personal life. Schug is involved with the United Way of Central Iowa’s Women’s Leadership Connection and is a graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy. She is also a Certified Public Finance Officer through the Government Finance Officers Association.
Amanda Wanke was appointed Chief Engagement and Communications Officer at DART in July 2015. She leads the marketing and communications, customer service, mobility, planning, RideShare and business development departments.
Wanke began her professional career in politics, working in Washington, D.C. as a press secretary for Minnesota Congressman Gil Gutknecht. In 2001, she became the Director of Communications for Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In January 2012, Wanke became the Director of Communications for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Mankato, Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Bethel University.
During Wanke’s time at DART, she has had a hand in overseeing many vital projects, including the five-year update of DART’s long-term plan – DART Forward 2035; the integration of new technological advances, including a Wi-Fi pilot project in 2017; the addition of new routes and expanded service hours through business partnerships in the community; and the introduction of new advertising systems. She also serves as the primary media contact for DART.
Wanke graduated from the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for her church and her children’s school.
DART's Leadership Team is supported by a team of 12 managers who oversee DART's staff of more than 280 employees. More information on DART's Management Team available here.