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David Leininger
Senior Vice President, Executive Recruitment

 

 

 

David Leininger joined SGR in 2018. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) from December 2008 to July 2018. The FY 2018 operating budget exceeds $520 million, the annual capital expenditure totals more than $200 million, and the total debt outstanding is $3.4 billion. The agency has a fulltime workforce of 3,700 employees. 

During his tenure at DART he was instrumental in restructuring the Twenty Year Financial Plan to accommodate an additional $2.5 billion of new debt, led a mobile ticketing and payment initiative to support several hundred thousand daily riders, and chaired two retirement programs with a combined portfolio value in excess of $600 million. He was named 2011 CFO of the Year for the Public Sector by the Dallas Business Journal.  He is Past Chair of the Financial Management Committee of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and the Transit Finance Learning Exchange (T-Flex).

David has an extensive public sector background, including positions as Budget Director for the City of Dallas, Fiscal Services Administrator for the City of Garland, and Chief Financial Officer for the City of Irving. During his tenure in Irving from 2003-3008 he also led the economic development initiatives on behalf of the City, including providing staff support for the Las Colinas Tax Increment district and leading the development and financing initiative for the Irving Convention Center. He also oversaw the special tax financing initiative that generated sufficient funds to cover the demolition of the Dallas Cowboys Texas Station.

In addition to his public sector experience he also has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the private sector. He was associated with large-scale real estate development in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, followed by nearly ten years with Club Corp International in a variety of capacities. He subsequently joined Economics Research Associates as Senior Vice President, Recreational Real Estate. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and currently serves on the national Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Product Council and is Co-Chair of the DFW TOD Product Council. He also serves as a Strategic Advisor to Sasaki Associates, an internationally known architecture and planning firm located in Watertown, Massachusetts.

David holds a degree in Political Science from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.