The Biden Administration has designated Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei as the next chairman of Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Maffei replaces Michael A. Khouri, who formerly served as FMC chairman. Khouri will finish his term with the FMC as a commissioner.See FMC announcement here
“I am grateful and humbled by the confidence President Biden has placed in me by appointing me chairman at such a critical time for our nation’s supply chain,” Maffei said in a statement. “Due to the effects of COVID-19 and an unprecedented import boom, we are dealing with serious challenges to America’s international ocean transportation system – challenges that the FMC has a vital role in addressing, both on its own as an independent agency and in cooperation with other agencies.”
Maffei thanked Khouri for his years as chairman of the FMC. “He and I sometimes have policy differences but, as chairman, he was inclusive of all the commissioners in making important decisions and worked collaboratively with stakeholders in the ocean transportation system to reach consensus solutions. I will seek his advice as a fellow commissioner and friend,” Maffei said. Maffei said he also looks forward to working with Commissioners Rebecca Dye, Louis Sola, and Carl Bentzel.
Just months after being named Commissioner, Chairman Maffei spoke at the FCBF Conference of the Americas in 2016, and spent time with the South Florida Area Representatives working to engage with the industry and understand the plethora of services the FMC offers.
A native of New York, Maffei formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. His previous professional experience includes serving in the Commerce Department during the Obama Administration, and earlier in his career working as a Capitol Hill aide and broadcast reporter. Chairman Maffei is married and has one daughter. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and he earned master’s degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities.