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John D’Antonio is a registered professional engineer with a BSCE from the University of New Mexico. His first 12 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) began as a hydraulic design engineer, leading to the Chief of the Hydrology, Hydraulics, Sedimentation, & Floodplain Management Program. The next 3 years he served as a project manager for MILCON and Civil Works projects.

D’Antonio was recruited as a Water Resources Manager for the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) in 1998 and managed the largest District OSE Office for the next 3 years. From 2001 to 2011 he was appointed under 3 different Governors serving in the roles of: Director Water Resource Allocation Program (OSE); Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department; and New Mexico State Engineer/ Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission (OSE). He was a member of the Governors’ Blue Ribbon Task Forces on Water Issues from 1998 to 2011.

D’Antonio’s vast experience in building coalitions with state and local governments, federal agencies, private sector organizations and individuals, and sovereign nations led to negotiating 3 complex Tribal water right settlements. The settlements resulted in certainty of water rights for Indians and non-Indians and nearly $2 billion of water infrastructure projects. During his tenure as State Engineer, D’Antonio was Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission, Chairman of: the Water Trust Board; Governor’s Water Infrastructure Investment Team; and the Governor’s Drought Task Force. He also served as the New Mexico Commissioner to the Rio Grande, Costilla, and Upper Colorado River Compacts.

D’Antonio returned to the Corps in 2011 as the Deputy District Engineer for Planning, Programs and Project Management Albuquerque District (SPA). He has overseen the new SMART planning initiative, established a new Los Alamos Program Management Branch to support the growing NNSA design/construction program, and helped establish the Corps’ Tribal Nations Technical Center of Expertise in SPA. He has overseen major MILCON design/construction at several Air Force bases as well as SRM and environmental work - focusing on timely and cost efficient execution. He actively participates in regional management boards and working groups in support of overhead rates, acquisition strategies, project execution and work load and work force balancing.

D’Antonio served as the Programs Director for the Corps’ South Pacific Division in 2016, driving program delivery in Military Construction, Veterans Affairs Construction, and Civil Works, valued at nearly $3 billion – as well as serving as the Executive Engineer for 3 MEGA projects. He also furthered opportunities for the Corps’ involvement in Public, Private Partnerships (P3) involving existing and future projects. For the last 5 years D’Antonio served as the Corps’ representative on the Western Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST), which works in conjunction with the Western StatesWater Council (WSWC) in support of theWestern Governors Association (WGA) on complex water related issues.

For the last several years D’Antonio has been very active in supporting community events and STEM activities in his roles as: University of New Mexico (UNM) Civil Engineering Advisory Board; External Advisory Committee for National Science Foundation CREST Center for Water and the Environment; Implementation Chair for NM First town hall on Water Planning, Development and Use; Board of Directors for Leadership New Mexico; Board of Directors for NM First.

D’Antonio is most proud of his Agency’s (OSE) recognition award in 2010 from Quality New Mexico which utilized Baldridge criteria to evaluate performance excellence for implementing quality improvement processes. He was also recognized in 2015 with the "Spirit of Bipartisanship Award" by NM First for exceptional leadership contributions to NM government and community.

John and his wife Cassandra live in Albuquerque’s North Valley with their golden retriever Rio and enjoy traveling, gardening, playing golf and hiking along the Rio Grande.