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Maritime Administrator Matsuda to Speak at Commencement

CASTINE, Maine –Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) President, Dr. William J. Brennan, has announced that The Honorable David T. Matsuda, Maritime Administrator, will address the graduating class at the college’s 69th Commencement on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11 a.m., in Alexander Fieldhouse. Matsuda will receive an honorary doctorate from the college.
    David T. Matsuda has served as the Maritime Administrator since 2010. He served as the Acting Maritime Administrator after being appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator by President Obama in July 2009. As Maritime Administrator, Matsuda is the highest ranking official of the Maritime Administration of the United States. In this role he advises and assists the U.S. Secretary of Transportation on commercial maritime matters, the U.S. maritime industry, and strategic sealift.
    The Maritime Administrator also maintains liaison with public and private organizations concerned with the U.S. maritime industry, including Maine Maritime Academy and other public maritime colleges providing training and education for professional mariners. “The Maritime Administration is critical to the furtherance of U.S. maritime trade, workforce development, and maritime education,” said Brennan. “The partnership that Maine Maritime Academy and our fellow state maritime academies have with the Maritime Administration is vital to our success. We’re honored that Maritime Administrator Matsuda will travel to Maine to welcome the newest contingent of professional mariners to the industry.”
    Mr. Matsuda served as the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy from March 2009 until his appointment as Deputy. Prior to that, he spent seven years on Capitol Hill. While working in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Matsuda was engaged in the formulation and debate of most major Federal transportation legislation as senior counsel and primary transportation advisor to U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey.
    In 2002, Mr. Matsuda became a Georgetown University Government Affairs Institute Fellow serving on the staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. From 1998 to 2002, he worked as an attorney with the safety law division of the USDOT’s Federal Railroad Administration.
Mr. Matsuda earned his B.S. in engineering from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in San Diego, Calif. He lives with his wife Catherine Parsons Matsuda in Washington, D.C.


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