Gunnar Olson

Gunnar Olson has built on his background as an experienced journalist to earn a reputation as an engaging, trusted and articulate spokesperson and leader for causes important to Greater Des Moines (DSM). As communications manager for the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, he strives to make the MPO, its expert staff and valuable research more accessible to the media, community leaders and other organizations — and ultimately elevate community conversations about the region’s future. Prior to joining the MPO, he was the public affairs manager for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and a staff writer with The Des Moines Register.

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