WILLIAM P. DOYLE, CEO & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Honorable William P. Doyle is marine engineer first by trade. He was raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. He began his career at the Mass Maritime Academy where he worked in the Quincy, MA shipyard breaking out and laying-up ships during the first Gulf War. After graduation, he sailed as an Officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine, in both the domestic and international trades for ten years. He earned his law degree in 2000, from Widener University School of Law.
William Doyle served as Chief In-house Counsel and Director of Government & Legislative Affairs and later Chief-of-Staff with the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association and Co-Counsel for the American Maritime Congress. In 2008, Mr. Doyle was appointed under the George W. Bush Administration as the Director of Permits, Scheduling & Compliance for the Office of Federal Coordinator for Alaska Natural Gas Transportation Projects where he managed the pre-filing and permitting activities of 24 federal agencies including the Army Corps, NMFS, DOT and DOI agencies.
William Doyle was nominated and appointed twice by President Barack Obama, and unanimously confirmed twice by the U.S. Senate as a Commissioner to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) where he served under the Administration for four years. He remained onboard with the Donald J. Trump Administration for an additional year. At the FMC, he led several trade delegations, including making sure the Jones Act was protected, proposed maritime related tax policies in China did not detrimentally effect U.S. business, and the foreign ocean carriers did not exert their collective market power over U.S. service providers such as the tug and barge industry.
MICHAEL GERHARDT, ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Michael Gerhardt is currently serving in the capacity of Assistant Executive Director at the DCA. Michael is responsible for member relations and communications, digital strategy, financial management, budget development, statistical evaluation of the market, tracking regulatory and legislative changes in the fields of occupational safety and small business, jumpstarting special projects, and acting as spokesman for the industry at regional and national meetings. He serves as the lead and treasurer for the Council for Dredging and Marine Construction Safety (www.cdmcs.org), the national voice for safety in the dredging and marine construction industry, and represents the interests of the dredging and maritime industry as a cleared advisor on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Advisory Committee on Services and Finance Industries (ITAC 10).
Additionally, Michael is currently serving his third term on the Board of Directors of the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) and serving as both Chairman of the Latin America Committee and President of the WEDA Eastern Chapter. He was recognized with the Dredger of the Year Award in 2015.
Mr. Gerhardt received his B.S. in International Business (cum laude) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 2003 and was the recipient of The Dean’s Citation for outstanding contributions to the welfare of the school and the prestigious William J. Usery Award for academic excellence in negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution. A native Floridian, Michael currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Simona and daughter Sofia.