Biography of David Walsh

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Chief Harbor Engineer, Engineering

David Walsh is chief harbor engineer of the Engineering Division for the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest container port. Appointed to his current position in March 2015, Walsh oversees the day-to-day activities of the Engineering Division and is responsible for the planning and design of a wide variety of port infrastructure and facilities including wharves, terminals, rail, roadway, and other infrastructure improvements that support the diverse operations of the port complex.

Prior to this appointment, Walsh served as assistant chief harbor engineer for the past 12 years where he focused on the delivery of key capital improvement projects such as the Channel Deepening Program, China Shipping Development, and TraPac Redevelopment Program. With more than 20 years of experience at the Port, Walsh has been involved in the planning and design of one of the largest and transformative capital expansion eras in the Port’s history.

A San Pedro native, Walsh began his career in 1984 working at the Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering on a variety of public works improvements including streets, storm drains, wastewater, and private development programs before transferring to the Port in 1994.

A registered civil engineer since 1987, Walsh holds a bachelor of science in engineering from UCLA and is a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management Program. Walsh is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE), where he served as treasurer of the Ports and Harbors Committee.