Branden Leay Criman

Branden Leay Criman has served as the Inland Waterways Gateway director for the Maritime Administration since May 2016. The Inland Waterways Gateway Area of Responsibility includes portions of 15 states adjacent to the navigable rivers. This area includes from the headwaters of the upper Mississippi River in Minnesota to Memphis Tenn.; the Missouri River from North Dakota to its mouth near St. Louis, Mo.; the Illinois Waterway from Chicago, Ill. to its mouth just North of St. Louis, Mo.; and the Ohio River from its headwaters in Pennsylvania to its mouth at Cairo, Ill. The office is primarily concerned with shallow draft inland marine transportation, inland ports, inland intermodal issues and inland marine security. The office also works closely with inland ports to assist them in both short and long-term planning efforts to insure that they will have the capability to handle intermodal transfers of commodities now and in the future that will result from the implementation of the America’s Marine Highway Initiative.

Most recently, she served as the director of corporate assets for Serpro Logistics in St. Louis, Mo. While there, Criman developed transportation policies, technical analysis programs and operational reporting metrics. Previously, Criman served as the deputy port director at the Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., leading the efforts to reopen the municipal port on the Missouri River. The role focused on financial development, construction management and site schematics for freight infrastructure. Criman also served as the vice president of marketing for the West Bottoms Industrial Association.

She has a degree in urban planning and design from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and a Chancellor’s Certification in international trade from University of Missouri – St. Louis. While achieving her undergraduate degree, Criman pursued supplementary course work in architecture, civil engineering and construction management.

Most recently, she served as the director of corporate assets for Serpro Logistics in St. Louis, Mo. While there, Criman developed transportation policies, technical analysis programs and operational reporting metrics. Previously, Criman served as the deputy port director at the Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., leading the efforts to reopen the municipal port on the Missouri River. The role focused on financial development, construction management and site schematics for freight infrastructure. Criman also served as the vice president of marketing for the West Bottoms Industrial Association.

She has a degree in urban planning and sesign from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and a Chancellor’s Certification in international trade from University of Missouri – St. Louis. While achieving her undergraduate degree, Criman pursued supplementary course work in architecture, civil engineering and construction management.