James C. Dalton

Mr. Dalton most recently served as the director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Washington, DC until his retirement in December 2019. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing $6 billion in annual expenditures in water and land resources programs and managing more than 25,000 civilian employees. From 2007 until 2016, Mr. Dalton was chief of the USACE’s Engineering and Construction Division, which is responsible for multi-billion dollar design and construction programs for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. He also served as the USACE team leader for the South Atlantic Division and South Pacific Division Regional Integration Team (RIT), was chair for the USACE Climate Change Adaptation Committee, and was lead for the USACE’s Resilience Initiative. Mr. Dalton has held a variety of other director and senior-level management roles leading regional projects and programs for the USACE in the U.S., Korea and the Middle East from 1981 to 2007. He played a significant role in the federal government response to Hurricane Katrina by leading a team which developed measures for comprehensive watershed planning, risk-informed decision making and communication of risk to the public. Mr. Dalton began his career as a cost engineer for the USACE in 1978. He received a BS in architectural engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and an MS in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.