Senior Director, Engineering Design & Maintenance Group
Port of Long Beach, California
Neil D. Morrison, P.E., is the Senior Director for the Engineering Design and Maintenance Group for the Port of Long Beach, California. An experienced civil engineer and manager, he was named Director of Engineering Design in August 2009 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. He succeeded Jim Santa Ana, who retired from the position in 2008. He has overseen the Maintenance Division since March 2014 and named to his current position in May 2014.
The Engineering Design Division is critical to the development and renovation of the Port and the maintenance of Port infrastructure including roads, wharfs, utilities, storm drains and other Port-owned improvements.
The Division produces technical reports, studies, plans and specifications for Port construction projects as well as providing engineering advice and support to other divisions and the Port’s tenants. As the Division Director, Mr. Morrison is responsible for managing multiple in-house design projects and works with a staff of 35 professional and technical individuals including the Port’s GIS group.
As head of the Maintenance Division, Mr. Morrison also oversees 94 full-time employees in the Port’s Administration, Materials and Services, Utilities, Facilities, Infrastructure and Fleet Services Departments.
He has more than 30 years experience in his field working on land development, home building and public works projects throughout Southern California for private engineering consultants. He is a veteran senior project manager and has worked numerous years in the public sector. His most recent post was Director of Engineering for Stonefield Development, a high-end land developer and home builder in Orange County.
In his five years at Stonefield, Mr. Morrison worked on numerous projects that involved the development of more than 6,100 dwelling units, commercial sites, parks and schools on more than 1,250 acres.
He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands. He is a licensed Civil Engineer in three states including California.
Mr. Morrison has been an instructor in the Light Construction and Development Management Certificate Program at the University of California, Irvine; is a member and past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers - Orange County Branch and L.A. Section and has served on the boards of directors of the Home Builders Council - Orange County, and the Building Industry of America - Southern California Chapter.
A resident of Lake Forest, he and his wife, Kathy, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and the couple has two grown children.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world's premier seaports, a trailblazer in goods movement and environmental stewardship. Each year, trade valued at more than $140 billion moves through the Port of Long Beach, supporting more than 316,000 Southern California jobs. And with a Green Port Policy guiding all efforts, the Port is a catalyst for innovative programs to protect the environment and new technology to provide maximum operational efficiency.