Interim Chief Executive | Port of Long Beach
Duane L. Kenagy, P.E., is the Interim Chief Executive for the Port of Long Beach, named to the post September 21, 2016 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the City of Long Beach Harbor Department and the Port.
Mr. Kenagy, who took the reins September 26, 2016 will lead the Port’s 500-member staff on a steady path while the Commission conducts an international search for a permanent executive to replace outgoing CEO Jon Slangerup.
Mr. Kenagy 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, nearly $4.5 billion Capital Development 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 Container Terminal - each budgeted at nearly $1.5 billion.
Another billion dollars is budgeted for rail improvements to increase on-dock rail capacity.
As an engineering consultant, Mr. Kenagy has worked with the Port on a number of projects since 1990, primarily with the $2.5 billion Alameda Transportation Corridor Project, where he served as Director of Engineering and overall Program Manager for 20 years. The 20- mile rail and highway improvement program provides a high-capacity, below-grade freight corridor connecting the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to the 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 advisor to the Capital Southeast Connector JPA in Sacramento. Other projects have included the ReTRAC Project in Reno, Nevada, and marine terminal projects in Santa Marta, Columbia, 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. 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, California, and also enjoy spending time in Oregon at their vacation home in Newport, and the family farm in Albany. The Kenagys have a married daughter and son who also call California home.