Education

  • BS, Civil engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
  • MBC, Masters of Building Construction, University of Florida
  • US Army War College

Memberships and citations

  • Governance Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors
  • Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, Carnegie Mellon University

Memberships and citations

  • Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company – Board Member
  • American Flood Coalition – Advisory Board Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars – Life Member
  • Society Of American Military Engineers – Life Member
  • Army Engineer Association – Member
  • Coastal Engineering Research Board – Past President
  • National Association of Corporate Directors – Member

Contact

  • o: (202) 289-2060
  • f: (202) 289-8683
  • mwalsh@dawsonassociates.com
Formerly Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations and commander of three Divisions and two Districts in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Michael has unparalleled expertise in water resources policy and operational experience. His public and private sector experience give him the exceptional depth of knowledge our clients seek.

With 36 years in the Army Corps of Engineers, Michael has extensive experience in every aspect of the Corps’ water resources project and program management. This includes significant firsthand experience with Corps policies involving navigation flood risk and flood plain management, ecosystem restoration and urban flood risk reduction.

Between 1994 and 2012, Michael served as commander of the South Atlantic, Gulf Region and Mississippi Valley Divisions and the San Francisco and Sacramento Districts. In addition, Michael was Deputy Commanding General Civil and Emergency Operations for Corps, which included responsibility for a $10 billion annual program and supervision of all Civil Works activities nationwide.

After retiring from the Army in 2013, Michael joined Dewberry, which is a leading, professional services firm that provides for a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients, as the executive vice president of Dewberry’s National Program and Resilience Solutions Group. He had full profit and loss responsibility for a 200-person team located in 10 offices.

Other experience

  • Former principal advisor to the Chief of Engineers and the Assistant Secretary of the Army on Corps emergency response and FEMA support for Hurricane Sandy
  • Former President of the Mississippi River Commission, the Mississippi River Commission is charged with prosecuting the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.
  • Former President of the U.S. Transportation Department’s Committee on the Marine Transportation System, which works to improve Federal marine transportation system coordination and policies
  • Former President of PIANC USA, PIANC is a worldwide non-political and non-profit technical and scientific organization established to promote both inland and maritime navigation
  • Former President of the Coastal Engineering Research Board that provides broad policy guidance and review of plans and fund requirements for the conduct of research and development of research projects