• BS, United States Military Academy at West Point
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Military Art and Science, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies

Professional certifications

  • Professional Engineer, California since 1981

Memberships and citations

  • Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers
  • American Academy of Water Resource Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Association of the United States Army
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • National Academy of Construction


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Don’s leadership positions within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers give him unique qualifications to assist clients with their federal strategies and engagements.

During his 37 years service with the Corps of Engineers, Don held a series of leadership positions which have given him keen insights into federal policymaking, particularly as it relates to environmental issues.  Among other positions, he served as Deputy Commanding General and Deputy Chief of Engineers, which made him second in command of the Corps with more than 37,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $40 billion.

As Director, Civil Works he managed the Army’s Civil Works Program, overseeing the design, planning, building, and regulating of flood control, navigation, environmental restoration, and multiple-purpose water resource projects.

Other Experience

  • Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division.  Concurrently served as President of the Mississippi River Commission.
  • Deputy Chief of Staff (Engineer) of U.S. Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany.
  • Fellow, American Society of Engineers
  • Eminent Diplomate (Port Engineering), Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers
  • Founding Diplomate (Water Resources Engineer), American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.


  • Board of Directors, Army Engineer Association
  • Board of Directors, The Dutra Group