CHRISTOPHER W. SALLESE, PMP
Coastal Programs Manager
Master of Science in National Resource Strategy, National Defense University,
Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.
Master of Science in Management, Troy University
Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Project Management Professional (PMP), #273876
Member, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
COL (Ret.) Sallese spent more than 25 years in the U.S. Army before entering the private sector, including more than three years as the Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District. His extensive background and qualifications include leadership and management experience in engineering; emergency management; coastal operations and management; ecosystem restoration and resource sustainability; risk mitigation; strategic planning; interagency operations; and disaster response and recovery. During his military career, he was extensively involved in the planning, programming and execution of federal civil works programs along the Texas Gulf Coast encompassing flood damage reduction, navigation, regulatory activities, water quality, environmental conservation, recreation, emergency response services, and economic vitality.
As an example, he served as Deputy Commander for response and recovery operations along the Texas Gulf Coast following Hurricane Rita, which included acting as direct liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); federal, state and local governmental agencies; operation of a 450-person Recovery Field Office; and execution of more than $50 million in recovery assistance operations. COL (Ret.) Sallese joined Dannenbaum in 2013 and serves as the firm’s Coastal Programs Manager.