James C. Dalton


Mr. Dalton served as the Director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from August 2016 until January 2020. In this position, he led, managed and directed the policy development, programming, planning, design, construction, contingency operations and emergency response, operation, and maintenance activities of the Army Civil Works Program, a $6 billion annual program of water and related land resources of the United States, and oversaw the work of over 25,000 civilian employees. He also represented the USACE in the United Nations’ Advisory Board High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters, and served on several national and international water resources Committees. From May 2007 until August 2016 he was Chief of USACE’s Engineering and Construction (E&C) Division, responsible for policy, program, and technical expertise in the design and construction programs for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, other Federal agencies, and over 60 foreign nations. He served as the Corps' South Atlantic Division and South Pacific Division Regional Integration Team (RIT) team leader, USACE Climate Change Adaptation Committee Chair, and lead for USACE on Resilience. Mr. Dalton was selected to the Senior Executive Service (SES) of the US Office of Personnel Management in January 2005. Mr. Dalton has held numerous other roles during his career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which he joined in 1978, including Regional Business Director for USACE’s South Atlantic Division in Atlanta, Georgia, Director of Business Management for the Gulf Region Division in Baghdad, Iraq, project manager for the Bosnia project to support Operation Joint Guard, and various engineer roles in Saudi Arabia as part of the Saudi Arabia construction program. Mr. Dalton received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.

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