Danny Pleasant, director
Danny Pleasant is known for innovative transportation planning and investment strategies aimed at building healthy and economically vibrant communities. His passion is building multi-modal transportation systems to support quality urban growth, integrated land development, and walkable urban design.
Since 2009, Danny has served as director of the Charlotte Department of Transportation. His organization plans, designs, builds, operates and maintains all aspects of the city's transportation network. CDOT operates Charlotte's on-street parking enterprise and coordinates the use of city rights of way. The department provides staffing for the two-county metropolitan planning organization and the fourteen county air quality planning region.
Pleasant joined the City of Charlotte in 2002 as deputy transportation director. Before coming to Charlotte, he served for 14 years as transportation planning bureau chief for the City of Orlando (FL) . He also served as a transportation planner in Atlanta and Chapel Hill, N.C. and Fayetteville, N.C.
He received a master of urban planning from Texas A&M University's College of Architecture and a bachelor of science from NC State University's College of Natural Resources. As a graduate student at Texas A&M, Danny worked as a research associate with the Texas Transportation Institute.
Danny serves on the executive board of the National Association of City Transportation Officials. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the Urban Land Institute and the Congress for the New Urbanism. He is a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He often serves on expert teams crafting solutions to transportation, urban design and development issues at the national, regional and local levels.