Posted Friday, August 13, 2010

of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District


mulliganOn Friday, August 13, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) announced the selection of Denis J. Mulligan as the ninth General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in May 1937.

Mulligan, who has been serving as the GGBHTD’s Chief Engineer since March 2001, is expected to assume his new duties on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, pending execution of a final contract. Mulligan has 28 years of experience in transportation having served in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with the State of California, Department of Transportation from July 1982 through February 2001, prior to joining the GGBHTD in March 2001.

Following the month long internal search for the successor to the current General Manager Celia G. Kupersmith who has accepted a position with Sound Transit in Seattle, WA, GGBHTD Board President San Rafael Mayor Albert J. Boro noted, “We are very pleased to announce the selection of Denis as our next General Manager and CEO. He brings to this position a proven track record – with both a high caliber of leadership and a solid and successful background serving in the public sector. He will be able to step right into the position and hit the ground running.”

GGBHTD Board First Vice President and San Francisco Board representative Janet Reilly added, “Denis Mulligan is recognized by his colleagues, his staff and my fellow Board members as an assertive leader, filled with enthusiasm, and a keen focus on getting the job done both effectively and efficiently.”

Mulligan’s significant career accomplishments include the following, among many others:

  • Mulligan managed the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge Public Safety Railing, a project aimed at enhancing safety for Bridge sidewalk users by constructing a railing separating the sidewalks from the roadway.
  • He continues to manage the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit design and construction project in an award winning, timely, and cost effective manner.
  • Mulligan commenced and completed the preliminary engineering and environmental process for the Golden Gate Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project.
  • Denis has worked aggressively to secure grant funding for a variety of GGBHTD endeavors including the Golden Gate Bridge Seismic Retrofit and Golden Gate Bridge Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project.
  • Denis spearheaded the effort that led to a $3 million grant from National Science Foundation for outdoor interpretive exhibits regarding the science, engineering, and history of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Since arriving at the GGBHTD, Mulligan has worked collaboratively with the District’s operating divisions to implement projects to further the District’s objectives. Examples of some of the dozens of completed projects involving the Golden Gate Transit and Golden Gate Ferry Divisions include: expanding the capacity of the Larkspur Ferry Terminal parking lot, dredging the Larkspur ferry channel, installing solar panels on new roofs at the San Rafael Bus Facility, and constructing security improvements at bus and ferry facilities.
  • At Caltrans, Mulligan managed the state's Toll Bridge Program. In this capacity, among other things, he shepherded the new Carquinez Bridge (a suspension bridge) through the consensus, design, environmental, and regulatory processes into construction.

Mulligan, a native San Franciscan with a Bachelors of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (1982), resides in the East Bay with his wife and two children.