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Obama names Matsuda as Maritime Administrator

Obama names Matsuda as Maritime Administrator

   President Barack Obama said Monday he will nominate David T. Matsuda to head the Maritime Administration.

   Matsuda has been serving as deputy administrator and acting maritime administrator of MarAd since July. He previously was deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, focusing on issues including surface transportation reauthorization, maritime matters, labor issues and high-speed rail.

   Prior to that, he spent seven years on Capitol Hill, serving as senior counsel and primary transportation advisor to Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.

   Obama also nominated Michael P. Huerta to be deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration.


   Huerta has his own consulting firm, which advises clients on transportation policy, technology and financing. Until April, Huerta was group president of the Transportation Solutions Group of Affiliated Computer Services Inc., a technology services provider supporting transportation agencies.

   Before joining ACS, Huerta was a managing director with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002.

   From 1993 to 1998, Huerta worked in the DOT under President Bill Clinton. Earlier in his career he was executive director of the Port of San Francisco and commissioner of New York City’s Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce.