Maffei, Daniel B.


Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, was designated by President Biden as Chairman of the Federal Maritime on March 29, 2021. He was first nominated to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate on June 29, 2016. He was then nominated by President Trump and confirmed for by the Senate on Jan. 2, 2019.


As a Commissioner, Maffei has shown a particular interest in addressing the vulnerability of the global transportation system to industry-wide financial and security risks. He has spoken at national and international conferences on the changing nature of the economics of international shipping due to technological advances and the pressures that newer and larger carriers have placed on U.S. transportation infrastructure.


A native of Syracuse, New York, Maffei’s career in government spans more than twenty years. He was elected to two terms in the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Immediately prior to his initial appointment to the FMC, Maffei was a Senior Advisor at the Department of Commerce.


Maffei’s private sector experience includes time as an independent consultant, a Senior Policy Advisor at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips LLP, and an executive at Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC (Syracuse, NY).


Maffei received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Civilization from Brown University and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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