The Maritime Administration has appointed H. Keith Lesnick its new Associate Administrator for Intermodal Systems Development. In his new role as associate administrator, Lesnick will provide leadership and oversight to the Office of Infrastructure Development and Congestion Mitigation; the Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services; the Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities; the Office of Shipper and Carrier Outreach; and the agency’s nationwide Gateway offices in New York, Miami, St. Louis, Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Norfolk, Va.
Lesnick joined the Maritime Administration in 1995 as a special assistant to the maritime administrator and, prior to this promotion, served as director of the agency’s Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities. As such, he was responsible for overseeing the authorization, construction, and operation of offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil receiving facilities in the . He also provided oversight to the Direct Surplus Federal Property Port Conveyance/Land Redevelopment Program, a conveyance program that transfers surplus federal real property to state and local public entities for port-expansion purposes.