Joanna Pinkerton is the President and CEO of COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority). When many of us think of COTA, we leap to the city’s bus system first, but COTA is responsible for far more than that. Since Joining the COTA team in 2018, Joanna has focused on driving innovation and revamping options for mobility for people across Columbus. She and her team were recognized with the 2022 Spirit of Columbus award in recognition of everything the COTA team did to maintain transit while keeping people safe throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Before joining COTA, Joanna served in various roles in the transportation space including COO for Transportation Research Center, Inc. and Co-Director of the Honda – Ohio State partnership.