Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Baltimore City resident and former state transportation official Edward F. McDonald to serve on the Maryland Port Commission. McDonald will fill the seat previously held by Walter Tilley, who stepped down from the commission in November, and will complete a term running through July 1, 2021. The six-member port commission establishes policies designed to improve the competitive position of the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore within the international maritime industry. 

“Ed McDonald brings a strong transportation and public service background to the Port Commission,” said Governor Hogan.  “The Port of Baltimore is one of Maryland’s leading economic generators, and I am confident Ed will play an important role in our efforts to continue its growth and demonstrate that Maryland is open for business.”
McDonald retired last year after five years as chief of staff for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). He previously served as chief of staff for U.S. Representative Howard Coble of North Carolina, from 1988 to 2002 and from 2004 to 2014. During this time, Congressman Coble chaired the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee. In 2003, McDonald served as deputy chief of staff for Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. 
“I thank Governor Hogan for giving me the opportunity to serve on this wonderful commission,” said McDonald.  “The Port of Baltimore is incredibly important to the City of Baltimore and all of Maryland. I’m very excited to begin working with my new colleagues and assisting the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) in building upon the successes that have been achieved in recent years."