Interim Deputy Executive Director
Port of Long Beach, California
Duane L. Kenagy, P.E., is the Interim Deputy Executive Director for the Port of Long Beach, Calif., named to the post May 22, 2017, by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the City of Long Beach Harbor Department and the Port.
Mr. Kenagy most recently served as Interim Chief Executive, overseeing the nation’s second-busiest seaport during the search that ended in naming Mario Cordero as Executive Director. He came to the Port in November 2014 in the newly-created position of Capital Programs Executive to oversee all elements of the Port’s decade-long, $4 billion capital improvement program – the largest infrastructure investment of any port in the nation – with a goal of completing a number of landmark projects on schedule and within budget.
Major capital projects at the Port include the replacement of the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge and the Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment – each budgeted at nearly $1.5 billion.
As an engineering consultant, Mr. Kenagy has worked with the Port on a number of projects since 1990, primarily the $2.5 billion Alameda Corridor project, where he served as Director of Engineering and overall Program Manager. The 20-mile corridor provides a high-capacity, below-grade freight-rail connection between the San Pedro Bay ports and interstate rail and highway networks, without affecting surface traffic. It was developed jointly by the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a model of on-time, within-budget mega project delivery. Other Port of Long Beach projects have included the Anaheim Street Grade Separation project in 1990, Pico Avenue Ramp Connector project in 1993 and the Inland Port Study in 2011.
Mr. Kenagy has more than 35 years of engineering and design project management experience in the U.S. and overseas, most recently with the Moffatt & Nichol engineering consulting firm. He joined the company in 1994 and served in various roles, both domestically and internationally.
His experience working with goods movement, alternative project delivery and transportation-related commercial investments closely aligns with his role at the Port.
Mr. Kenagy began his career with the Oregon State Highway Division, and, following assignments in Oregon, the Middle East and Chicago, he transferred to California in 1989 to work on the I-110 Harbor Freeway Transitway Project. Other notable California construction projects have included the San Gabriel Rail Trench Project; the I-5 Santa Ana Transitway Widening Project and the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor in Orange County. He also recently served as an adviser to the Capital Southeast Connector JPA in Sacramento. Other projects have included the ReTRAC Project in Reno, Nev., and marine terminal projects in Santa Marta, Colombia, and Barcelona, Spain.
Mr. Kenagy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Structural Option, with High Honors from Oregon State University (1979) and, in 2011, was appointed to the University’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and six other states and is a member of the Transportation Research Board, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Design-Build Institute of America. In 2017, the Port appointed him as an alternate to both the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Governing Board and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility-Joint Powers Authority for a five-year term.
He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force following service in 1970-71 and holds a commercial pilot license.
He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Orange County and Los Angeles County chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his work on the Alameda Corridor program, including the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award and ACEC Grand Award.
Duane Kenagy and his wife, Susan, live in Lake Forest, Calif., and also enjoy spending time in Oregon at their vacation home in Newport, and at the family farm in Albany. The Kenagys have a married daughter and son who also call California home.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs and 1.5 million jobs nationwide.
Industry leaders in 2016 named the Port of Long Beach the Best North American Seaport – the 18th time in the last 21 years – in recognition of the Port’s service, innovation and reliability. As the second-busiest seaport in North America, Long Beach is undergoing a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.
Hi-res photo of Duane Kenagy