Port of Los Angeles appoints new Chief Harbor Engineer

Port of Los Angeles appoints new Chief Harbor Engineer

The Port of Los Angeles has announced the appointment of Chris Brown to Chief Harbor Engineer, the lead position overseeing the port’s Engineering Division.

Brown replaces Dina Aryan-Zahlan, who was recently promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Development at the Port of Los Angeles.

As Chief Harbor Engineer, Brown will lead the planning, development, and design of infrastructure and facilities that support the operations of the seaport, including wharves, terminals, rail, roadways, and public space. 

Most recently, Brown was the Assistant Chief Harbor Engineer responsible for division sections handling structural, specifications, architectural and electrical elements of port infrastructure projects.

Prior to that, he served as the Harbor Engineer in charge of division sections on structural, specifications, right of way, technology and CADD.

From 2000–2015, he held various roles, including Section Head, Programme Manager and Designer, on a number of projects, most notably as Project Manager for the Wilmington Waterfront Park, which won Engineering News Record’s “Best of the Best Award” in 2012. 

Brown started his career as a student engineer at the Port of Los Angeles in 1993. Following a four-year stint at Holmes & Narver (now AECOM), he returned to the port and progressively built his career.

In addition to being a registered Civil Engineer in California, Brown is a certified Construction Documents Technologist as designated by the Construction Specification Institute, where he serves as a Board Member. Brown is also a senior certified professional with the Society for Human Resource Management. 

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“Chris has been a pivotal player in many Port infrastructure projects over the last two decades, including the award-winning Wilmington Waterfront Park and the current port-wide electrification programme,” said new Deputy Executive Director of Development, Dina Aryan-Zahlan.

“This promotion recognises all his hard work, dedication and contributions to these critical infrastructure programmes. We are excited and proud to see him take on this important leadership role.”

In September 2023, the Port of Los Angeles released a Waterfront Connectivity draft for San Pedro, a long-term planning document outlining strategies to better connect the larger region to the LA Waterfront.

More recently, the Port of Los Angeles promoted Cecilia Moreno, a veteran employee of the Harbor Department, to be its new Community Relations Director.

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