About the speaker
Taiwo Jaiyeoba currently serves as Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning, Design and Development with the City of Charlotte.
As Assistant City Manager, Taiwo is a member of the City’s Executive Leadership team and provides support to Planning, Transportation and Charlotte Area Transit Services Departments.
As Director, Taiwo directs a staff of more than 100 employees in a department responsible for planning activities in the City and unincorporated portions of Mecklenburg County. He oversees a Department with five Divisions: Charlotte Urban Design Center, Long Range & Strategic Planning, Charlotte Regional Transportation Organization (the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization), Rezoning/Annexation and Land Development. He currently oversees the City’s rewrite of a 20-year comprehensive plan (the first since 1975) as well as the City’s Development Code (the Unified Development Ordinance). Recently, Taiwo led his staff to overhaul the City’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance, the first time in 15 years.
His vision is for an equitable, livable, sustainable and inclusive Charlotte.
Taiwo has more than 26 years of work experience nationally and internationally. Prior to his time at the City of Charlotte, he worked in both public and private sectors: as Director of Planning for the Sacramento Regional Transit District; Director of Planning & Development for the Grand Rapids transit authority; and Senior Consultant and Executive with multinational consulting firms.
Taiwo has managed multi-million dollar federally-funded light rail (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT) and streetcar projects across the United States, including the Silver Line BRT (the first operating BRT project in the State of Michigan) and the Columbus MAX BRT in Ohio.
Taiwo presents extensively on a variety of planning and development subjects. He was an Adjunct Professor of Community and Transportation Planning with the Grand Valley State University, Michigan. Taiwo is currently a Board member of the Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP), University City Partners (UCP) and the Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
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Transit can either be a lifeline or a lifestyle. — Taiwo Jaiyeoba
A city that's becoming equitable should also be affordable. — Taiwo Jaiyeoba
If we're not careful, equity can be just a buzzword. — Taiwo Jaiyeoba
Transit really gave me accessibility to opportunities that would not have been possible if I wasn't in close proximity [to public transit.] — Taiwo Jaiyeoba
Hosted by Ovens Auditorium
Date October 11, 2019
Charlotte Is Creative
Four Eyes Productions
Providence Day School
Charlotte Star Room
Community Culinary School of Charlotte
Videographer Levin Chaskey
Photographer Heather Liebler