The Executive Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Open to the public, meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. and are held in the Burnham Room at the MPO office, located at 420 Watson Powell, Suite 200, in Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Dates and times are subject to change.
The 2022 schedule is as follows: January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 7, October 12, November 9, and
December 7. The December 7 meeting has been cancelled. A special meeting to discuss the Purple Heart Highway has been scheduled for December 7 and a quorum of Executive Committee members may be present; the meeting will be for discussion only and no committee actions will be taken.
The 2023 schedule is as follows: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 17, June 7, July 12, August 13, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.
The Executive Committee receives technical guidance and recommendations from the Transportation Technical Committee. The Executive Committee then offers its recommendations to the MPO Policy Committee. A majority of the Executive Committee members also serve on the MPO Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
If you have any questions about this group, or would like copies of past agendas or minutes, please contact Tracey Deckard.
Executive Committee Representatives (Effective for 2022)
*Supplemental items included are versions that were presented at that meeting. Please refer to the Regional Plans, MPO Initiatives or Resource Library pages of this website for final versions of documents.
Executive Committee members
The Executive Committee is comprised of 11 Policy Committee representatives. Member communities over 50,000, plus Polk County, receive automatic representation on the Executive Committee, with the City of Des Moines receiving two representatives. Members under 50,000 are organized into one of three geographic subareas (East Subarea, Northwest Subarea, and Southwest Subarea). Each subarea has five member governments, and the members within each subarea select two representatives to serve on the Executive Committee. The Des Moines Area MPO annually elects a chair, vice-chair, and a secretary/treasurer from among its Executive Committee representatives. Current Executive Committee members include:
- Steve Gaer, City of West Des Moines – MPO Chair
- Joe Gatto, City of Des Moines – MPO Vice Chair
- Gary Lorenz, City of Ankeny – MPO Secretary/Treasurer
- Tom Armstrong, City of Grimes – Northwest Subarea Rep/ MPO Ex Officio
- Bob Andeweg, City of Urbandale – Northwest Subarea Rep
- Stephanie Riva, City of Norwalk – Southwest Subarea Rep
- Ted Weaver, City of Clive – Southwest Subarea Rep
- Sara Kurovski, City of Pleasant Hill – East Subarea Rep
- Kyle Mertz, City of Altoona – East Subarea Rep
- Chris Coleman, City of Des Moines
- Matt McCoy, Polk County
Planning to attend a meeting?
Anyone planning to attend MPO meetings who may need auxiliary aids or services should call the Des Moines Area MPO office at 515-334-0075. Please call at least 48 hours in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.