Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei

Counsel: Brenda Doty (Interim)

Phone: (202) 523-5721

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei, of New York, was first nominated to serve on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 2016. He was then nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed for by the United States Senate on January 2, 2019.

As a Commissioner, Mr. Maffei has shown a particular interest in addressing the vulnerability of the global transportation system to industry-wide financial and security risks. He has spoken at national and international conferences on the changing nature of the economics of international shipping due to technological advances and the pressures that newer and larger carriers have placed on U.S. transportation infrastructure.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Commissioner Maffei’s career in government spans more than twenty years. He was elected to two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2015. Immediately prior to his initial appointment to the FMC, Mr. Maffei was a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Commerce.

Commissioner Maffei’s time in Congress included service on the House Armed Services Committee, House Financial Services Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. His priority on the Armed Services Committee was to improve the military’s capacity to defend the country from terrorist and cyber threats. He worked on several provisions in the 2013 and 2014 armed services authorization bills to support and promote new and better technologies. On the Financial Services Committee, he focused on consumer protection and helped improve and pass, with increased bipartisan support, the Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights of 2009, a law that took important steps to level the playing field between customers and card issuers. Commissioner Maffei also served on the House Committee on Science and Technology and was Ranking Member of its Oversight Subcommittee.

While serving in Congress, Commissioner Maffei’s Central New York district included the Port of Oswego, the first U.S. port of call and deepwater port on the Great Lakes. Working closely with Representative Richard L. Hanna and New York’s Senators, he was able to secure vital funding to improve the port’s rail link and the resources to better dredge the port.

Commissioner Maffei has substantial experience teaching and researching at universities and think tanks. In 2018, Mr. Maffei spent six months away as a Professor of Practice at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management before returning to the FMC. He has taught on the faculty of the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) and has been a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Third Way. For several years, he served on the American Board of Advisors for Global Panel, a Prague-based organization that works primarily behind the scenes to facilitate solutions to various international conflicts and crises.

Commissioner Maffei’s private sector experience includes time as an independent consultant, a Senior Policy Advisor at Manatt, Phelps, Phillips LLP, and an executive at Pinnacle Capital Management, LLC (Syracuse, NY).

From 1998 to 2005, Commissioner Maffei worked on the Democratic staff of the House Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he had been Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1997 to 1998 and Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley in 1996.

Commissioner Maffei received his bachelor’s degree in History and American Civilization from Brown University and holds master’s degrees from the Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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FMC Welcomes Commissioners Sola and Maffei
Mr. Louis E. Sola of Florida and Mr. Daniel B. Maffei of New York were sworn-in as Commissioners on January 23, 2019
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Jun 29, 2018
Commissioner Maffei Departs Commission
Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei departed the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) today.
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May 24, 2018
Statement from Commissioner Maffei regarding Amendment to the West Coast Marine Terminal Operator Agreement
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May 16, 2018
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Statement from Commissioner Maffei on Formal Investigation into Detention and Demurrage
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Commissioner Maffei being sworn in


Commissioner Maffei with Laura Brogi (Embassy of Italy) and Dr. Stephan Zass M.A. (Embassy of Germany) during a meeting of the Cotton Club.


(L-R) Bi-State Association Treasurer Peggy Mecca, Commissioner Maffei, and First Vice President Tom Heimgartner at the Centennial Celebration of the the NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association in New York, NY.


Commissioner Maffei and Port Authority of NY/NJ Assistant Director Bethann Rooney.


(L-R) Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers Executive Director Dick Jones, President Jeff Bader, FMC NY AR Matthew Forst, Commissioner Maffei, and FMC NY AR Erin Tasova.


Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei speaks at the First Annual Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Conference of the Americas

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei and Kirstie Nicholson during EMLO’s 2016 Annual Conference

Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei, former Commissioner Richard Lidinsky, Jr., and Philip Wareham at EMLO’s 2016 Annual Conference


Commissioner Maffei meets with representatives from China’s COSCO Shipping Lines.


The U.S.-Japan Maritime Bilateral Meeting at the Maritime Administration, Washington, DC


Commissioner Maffei talks with IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim at events marking World Maritime Day


(L-R) Bob Clark (Director of Port Operations, APL), Commissioner Maffei, and Eric Mensing (Head of Government/Guam Trade, APL) at the Port of L.A.


(L-R) Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero (Port of L.A. Director of Legislative Affairs, Government Affairs Division), Commissioner Maffei, and David J. Libatique (Port of L.A. Director of Government Affairs) at the Port of L.A.