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SPEAKER Bios


Juan Acosta
Regional AVP, State Government Affairs
BNSF Railway

Juan Acosta is the Regional Assistant Vice President for State Government Affairs at BNSF Railway.  A 15-year veteran of the railroad, he has worked in and around government for nearly 30 years in a career which has included experience as bond and underwriters’ counsel in the municipal finance world, running the largest mortgage insurance business in the world as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Single Family Housing, serving as Chief Counsel to the California Department of Housing, as well as a lobbyist for the California Building Industry Association.  A graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School, Georgetown University and Boston College Law School, Mr. Acosta resides in Sacramento with his wife and daughter.

 

 

 

 

allenAssemblyman Travis Allen
72nd District
California State Assembly

Assemblyman Travis Allen was first elected to the State Assembly in November of 2012 to represent the 72nd Assembly District, which includes the cities of Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Westminster, Los Alamitos and the unincorporated community of Rossmoor. As a member of the Assembly, Assemblyman Allen’s priority is to expand the California economy through policies that create economic growth. Assemblyman Allen plans to initiate programs that will expand California’s international trade and maintain California’s place as the 9th largest economy in the world. He is specifically concentrating on the high tech industry and creating opportunities for continued market expansion. Assemblyman Allen is actively working to build the framework for increased international joint ventures and economic cooperation.

Before joining the assembly, Assemblyman Allen operated his own small business for over a decade as a Financial Planner. Assemblyman Allen concentrated on creating and preserving wealth for working families, retirees, and local business owners. Despite the challenges that have come with the tough economy and volatile markets, his expertise and hard work have helped his clients reach their financial goals.

As a Financial Planner, Assemblyman Allen saw the damage done to the portfolios of his hard working clients by government overregulation and bad policies. He has seen firsthand businesses that have been forced to relocate to other states – taking their jobs with them. Seeing this repeat itself too many times, Assemblyman Allen became politically active to help small businesses by fighting for job creating policies.


 

 

 

 

arsenaultDavid J. Arsenault
Vice President
Hyundai Merchant Marine

 

Mr. David Arsenault is Vice President for Hyundai Merchant Marine responsible for leading the sales organization in the PSW & Gulf Regions of the USA. Mr. Arsenault is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nautical Science and Marine Transportation, a 3rd Mates License as a Merchant Marine Officer for vessels of unlimited tonnage on any ocean as well as received a commission as a U.S. Naval Reserve Officer which he held for 12 years.  Mr. Arsenault has been in the industry for over 28 years having served as Assistant Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy before joining Sea-Land. During his 13 years at Sea-Land he held various management positions of increased management responsibility in operations, sales, trade and logistics including 5 years in Asia where he served as Country Manager in both Thailand and later Taiwan. Following the acquisition of Sea-Land by Maersk in 1999, he went in to the supply chain management side of the business where he played an instrumental role in the integration of Buyers Consolidators with Mercantile to create Maersk Logistics.

 

Mr. Arsenault later transitioned to the technology side of the industry when he joined GT Nexus and was involved in integrating ocean carriers to the portal and establishing the business processes to support the e-Business platform. He later joined a maritime communications and technology company as Senior VP of Sales & Marketing for Globe Wireless where he was responsible for their worldwide sales organization. Most recently, Mr. Arsenault joined Hyundai Merchant Marine in 2004 where he leads a large team that negotiates the global transportation contracts with the largest importers and exporters in the country.    

 

 

 

atkinsMajority Leader Toni Atkins
78th District
California State Assembly

Assemblymember Toni Atkins was elected to the State Assembly in 2010 and represents the 78th Assembly District, which includes coastal San Diego from Imperial Beach, along the Mexican border, north to Solana Beach.  She previously served as a member of the San Diego City Council from 2000 to 2008 and as Acting Mayor in 2005. Assemblymember Atkins is the Assembly Majority Floor Leader and a member of the Housing and Community Development, Health, Veterans, Agriculture, and Legislative Audit Committees.  She chairs the Select Committee on Homelessness and the Redevelopment Working Group.  She also serves on the Select Committees on Ports, Coastal Protection, and Sea Level Rise and the California Economy as well as the state Ocean Protection Council.

 

Assemblymember Atkins’ legislative priorities are economic development and affordable housing, veterans’ issues, environmental protection and addressing the effects of climate change, and enhancing the state’s business climate.  This past year, the Majority Leader carried legislation to address water pollution from copper based boat hull paint, a bill sponsored by the Port of San Diego. The Majority Leader is originally from southwestern Virginia and graduated from Emory & Henry College. She also completed the senior executive program at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. 

 

 

 

 

blakeyLeslie T. Blakey
President & Executive Director
Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC)

 

Leslie Blakey has a diverse background in public outreach, project development, policy research and government affairs. Over the past fifteen years with Blakey & Agnew LLC, which manages the Coalition

for America’s Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC), she has overseen projects and clients primarily in transportation and the freight industry. As executive director of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors, a 501(c)6non-profit corporation, Ms. Blakey has helped to unite a large and growing number of public and private organizations around the need for increased federal investment in intermodal freight infrastructure. She manages the Coalition’s work to increase awareness of the benefits of trade infrastructure development and to coordinate legislative strategy and support. She is currently producing the NAFTANEXT Summit, which the Coalition is hosting in Chicago in April 2014.

 

In 2012, Ms. Blakey was appointed to the Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Eno Transportation Foundation and has addressed transportation issues to a wide variety of groups, such as the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
Ms. Blakey holds a B.S. in Sociology and a M.S. in Public Administration from Florida State
University. Ms. Blakey is also fluent in French and holds a degree from the Lycee Hoteliere de Strasbourg in France.

 

 

 

boutrosAndre Boutros
Executive Director
California Transportation Commission

Andre Boutros was appointed as the Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission in March 2013.  He reports to the eleven-member Commission, and is responsible for administering the affairs of the Commission and overseeing the staff in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commission. 

 

Mr. Boutros has more than 29 years of direct involvement in the development and preservation of California’s transportation infrastructure.  Mr. Boutros has been a staff member to the Commission since 2007.  He was appointed as the Chief Deputy Director in 2008, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Commission, acting as the chief of staff and the primary policy advisor to the Executive Director and the Commission. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Boutros held numerous technical and management positions with the California Department of Transportation. Mr. Boutros is a California registered Civil Engineer.

 

 

 

Jane Pacht Brickman 
Professor of History  
United States Merchant Marine Academy

Jane Pacht Brickman is Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  She teaches courses in American History, Philosophy, and Social and Business Ethics.  From 1994 until 2011, she served as Head of the Department of Humanities at the Academy.  Earlier, she was the Women’s Advisor to the female midshipmen at the USMMA, the first federal service academy to admit women.  She chairs the Human Relations Committee, which assures an Academy climate that fosters gender and racial equity and equal opportunity.
Dr. Brickman holds a Ph.D. in History from the City University of New York.  Her scholarship and publications are in the fields of medical history, with a focus on twentieth-century medical reformers and the impact of McCarthyism on medicine, and the integration of women in traditionally male work environments.     

    
Currently, Dr. Brickman is assembling an oral history exploring the changes in the maritime industry since the inclusion of women.   In 2008, her paper, “Maritime Education and Training of Women:  Their Impact on the Program at the United States Merchant Marine Academy,”  received the “Best Paper Award” at the Conference of International Maritime Lecturers’ Association, held in Izmir, Turkey.    In October 2009, she presented “Sailing Commercially:  Women Tell Their Stories,” at the International Multidisciplinary Women’s Congress in Izmir, Turkey.  More recent papers involve issues of recruitment and retention of Women in the US Merchant Marine.

 

 

 

 

cullenThomas M. Cullen Jr.
Administrator
Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR)
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Thomas M. Cullen Jr. was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as the Administrator of the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) in June 2012. He also serves as one of two Chief Deputy Directors of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Cullen directs a team of scientists, environmental specialists, game wardens, and support personnel in protecting and preserving the 1,100 mile coastline, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 4,800 lakes of State waters from oil and other deleterious substances as well as invasive, non-indigenous marine species.
Mr. Cullen served in the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Captain. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco where he performed a wide-range of federal authorities in the San Francisco Bay region including Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Officer-in-Charge of Maritime Inspections, and Search & Rescue Mission Coordinator in our nation's busiest and most diverse coastal region. Captain Cullen's previous Coast Guard assignments include Chief of Response of the Eleventh Coast Guard District and Chief of Aircraft Systems in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters. Captain Cullen received his commission and a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a licensed Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).

 

 

 

 

 

decasKristin Decas
CEO & Port Director
Port of Hueneme

Since beginning her tenure as CEO with the Port of Hueneme and General Manager of the Ventura County Railway in February 2012, the Port has realized several successes. Total tonnage for FY 2013 jumped to over 1.4 million metric tons marking the Port’s most active trade year since its inception in 1937.  The Port also turned a significant corner in FY2013 achieving its strongest fiscal numbers in history. Ms. Decas championed the first annual Port Banana Festival, drawing over 10,000 visitors to the Port.  Trade related activities generate $1 billion in annual economic impact and create more than 9,400 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs.  Before coming on board with the Port of Hueneme Ms. Decas spent five years as CEO and Port Director for the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts where she was responsible for the operations and the strategic economic development of the Port.  She managed all Port real estate including 21 commercial properties, municipal fish piers and unloading docks, a ferry terminal, and recreational marina.  Most recently Ms. Decas was awarded a high-profile appointment by the U.S. Department of Transportation to both the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) and the U.S. Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC).

 

 

 

 

 

doyleCassie Doyle  
Consul General          
Consulate General of Canada, San Francisco/Silicon Valley

Ms. Cassie Doyle has held the position of Consul General of Canada with accreditation for northern California and Hawaii since the start of 2011. Ms. Doyle is a native of Vancouver and has served as a Deputy Minister with both the governments of Canada and British Columbia with a concentration on environment and energy. As such, she has a strong background in clean tech and a proven track record of collaborating effectively with stakeholders from across the spectrum of public, private and non-governmental sectors.  Since coming to the San Francisco, she has been active in leading a commercial program which connects Canadian entrepreneurs to the Silicon Valley. Ms. Doyle holds a Master’s degree in Policy and Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Victoria.

 

 

 

 

 

holmesCaptain John M. Holmes, USCG (ret.)
Maritime Consultant

Captain Holmes is a Marine Consultant with 30 years of experience in positions that include a Chief Operating Officer, Fortune 500 executive, senior level Coast Guard officer and maritime security specialist.  He most recently served as Director of Operations for the Port of Los Angeles. Before joining the port, Capt. Holmes was Chief Operating Officer of the Marsec Group, a consulting firm specializing in supply chain security.  Prior to this, Capt. Holmes was a Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation, where he implemented technological solutions to homeland security challenges.

Capt. Holmes retired from the United States Coast Guard in 2003 following 27 years of service in posts that included Captain of the Port for the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex.  Capt. Holmes was at the helm on September 11, 2001, and has been credited with actions that led to the creation of number of national initiatives.  Capt. Holmes also served as Deputy Chief of the Office of Congressional Affairs, and as Committee Chairman at the International Maritime Organization in London. Capt. Holmes holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Education from Boston College, and a Master’s Degree in business administration from Washington University.  He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Public Policy at the University of Southern California.

 

 

 

 

 

David Hull
Co-Chair, California Maritime Leadership Symposium
Executive Director, California Maritime Infrastructure Authority

Following a 16 year career as Port Director and CEO of the Port of Humboldt Bay in northern California, David Hull is now President of David Hull and Associates, a firm specializing in coastal project development. David has a BS degree in Marine Biology and a MS degree in Natural Resources.  Mr. Hull has been active in California's maritime industry for decades serving as President of the California Association of Port Authorities, Chair of the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference, Board member of the American Association of Port Authorities, Director on the Board of the North Coast Railroad Authority and serving for 10 years as Chair of the Harbor Safety Committee of Humboldt Bay.  Mr. Hull is this years Symposium Co-chair and has served as Chair or Co-Chair of the event since 2010.  Mr. Hull is also presently the Executive Director of the California Maritime Infrastructure Authority, a joint powers authority formed by the State of California to provide an alternative funding mechanism for improving California's maritime infrastructure. 

 

 

 

 

 

inmanFran Inman
Senior Vice President
Majestic Realty Co.

Fran Inman serves as Senior Vice President of Majestic Realty Co. directing all government relations and community affairs activities. One of the nation’s largest privately-held, family-owned real estate development companies, Majestic Realty Co. has a real estate portfolio totaling approximately 70 million square feet of commercial properties, with offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bethlehem, Dallas, Denver and Las Vegas. Ms. Inman is a recognized leader in the transportation and goods movement industry being a vocal champion for the need to improve the nation’s failing transportation infrastructure. Inman was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and reappointed by current Governor Jerry Brown to serve as a member of the California Transportation Commission. She was also recently appointed by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to serve as a member of the National Freight Advisory Committee.

 

Prior to her role at Majestic Realty Co., Ms. Inman was the executive vice president of the Silverton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, a property owned by Majestic chairman and CEO, Edward P. Roski, Jr. Previously, Ms. Inman served on the development team for the STAPLES Center downtown Los Angeles. In this role, she managed several community and business participation programs that have become a model for future Los Angeles development projects. A graduate of the California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Inman holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration in finance. In 2010, Ms. Inman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Woodbury University.

 

 

 

 

 

maradPaul Jaenichen, Sr.
Acting Maritime Administrator
U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

On June 4, Deputy Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen was named Acting Maritime Administrator.  He will serve in this role until the appointment and confirmation of a new Maritime Administrator. Acting Maritime Administrator Jaenichen has been with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration since July 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Maritime Administrator by President Obama.

Captain Jaenichen was a career naval officer, retiring after serving 30 years as nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the U.S. Navy. His final assignment was as Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy from October 2010 to April 2012. He served as Commanding Officer of USS ALBANY (SSN 753) from September 1999 to June 2002 and as Commander, Submarine Squadron ELEVEN in San Diego, California from April 2007 to September 2008. His shore tours included assignments as Director, Submarine/Nuclear Officer Distribution where he was responsible for career progression and assignment of over 5200 officers; as Officer-in-Charge of Moored Training Ship 635, one of two nuclear powered training platforms in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was responsible for initial operational training and qualification of over 1200 officer and enlisted operators annually; and as Chief, European and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Policy Division on the Joint Staff where he was responsible for military-to-military engagement on security cooperation and involvement in coalition operations with all 26 NATO member nations.

Captain Jaenichen's hometown is Brandenburg, Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. His personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards). He lives in Bowie, MD with his wife, Paula Auclair Jaenichen, who is a National Board Certified teacher.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura Y. Kovary
Chief, Marine Facilities Division
California State Lands Commission

Laura Kovary holds an unlimited license as Master upon oceans.  After graduating from California Maritime Academy, she sailed on U.S. and foreign merchant ships, eventually upgrading her Merchant Marine license to Master, Unlimited Tonnage.  Her sea-going career included sailing into Desert Storm as Chief Mate (2nd in command) of the S.S. CALIFORNIA, and 5 years as Chief Mate for Matson Navigation Company. Academically, Captain Kovary holds a Master’s degree from Maine Maritime Academy in Maritime Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree (from California Maritime Academy) in Nautical Industrial Technology. In addition to sailing on merchant ships over a period of 17 years, Capt. Kovary has been employed ashore as Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor at two Maritime Academies, and as a Tanker Operations Analyst.

Capt. Kovary has also held various positions on the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee over the last 13 years.  She has represented Tug Operators, Marine Oil Terminals, Tank Vessel Operators, and her current role representing California State Lands Commission. For seven years, Capt. Kovary was the California Port Superintendent for BP Shipping.  In this role she was responsible for auditing marine oil terminals throughout the Americas to ensure safe and compliant operations, as well as the day to day marine terminal issues in California.

Her current position as the Chief of Marine Facilities Division (MFD) of California State Lands Commission, Captain Kovary manages the operation of the Division.  The MFD regulates all of the marine oil terminals in California for compliance with State regulations including Marine Oil Terminal Engineering and Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS) and the Marine Invasive Species Program. Capt. Kovary is also the current President of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Chapter of the Propeller Club.

 

 

 

 

 

laraSenator Ricardo Lara
33rd Senate District
State of California

A native of East Los Angeles, Senator Ricardo Lara was elected in 2012 to represent the 33rd Senate District, which includes the cities and communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lakewood, Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Los Angeles, Vernon, and Walnut Park. The district is home to the nation’s largest port complex and one of the most diverse populations in the United States. The son of Mexican immigrants, Senator Lara understands the struggles and sacrifices that working families make in order to help their children succeed. While in office Senator has passed laws to improve access to education, protect working families and jobs, and integrate underserved communities in our state. He is the Chair the California Latino Legislative Caucus and is a member of the powerful Senate Committee on Rules.

 

 

 

 

 

larosaVictor La Rosa
CEO/President
Cofounder, Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI)

Victor La Rosa’s career spans over thirty years in all facets of transportation including operations and sales development. In 1989, he cofounded TTSI.  Mr. LaRosa’s responsibilities include business development as well as strategic planning for TTSI.  In addition, he is a founding member of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation (CRT), a member of the Waterfront Coalition Board of Directors, a Board Member of the Harbor Trucking Association, and Chairman of the Southern California Intermodal Steering Committee for the California Trucking Association.

Mr. La Rosa holds his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville New Jersey and a degree in Transportation from Academy of Advanced Traffic, New York City.  Mr. La Rosa is an avid outdoorsman who spends all his spare time hunting and fishing in Montana.  He believes that we all have a responsibility to promote and protect our environment.  His plan is to position his company as a leader in environmentally friendly solutions to support his customers supply chain. In lieu of the great gains TTSI has made with Clean Diesel and LNG trucks, Mr. La Rosa and TTSI have launched a campaign to become a zero emission trucking company through the use of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

 

 

 

 

 

lowenthalAssemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
70th District, California State Assembly
Chair, Assembly Committee on Transportation

Bonnie Lowenthal was elected to the state Assembly in 2008. Her district includes California's only inhabited island, the largest port complex in the nation, and one of the most economically and ethnically diverse populations in the state. Her entry into the Legislature follows two terms on the Long Beach City Council, and two terms on the Long Beach Unified School District. She also served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Assemblymember Lowenthal, a leading advocate of open government and institutional reform, quickly earned the respect and support of environmentalists, consumer advocates and good-government groups. She’s had dozens of bills signed by the governor, most notably legislation to deliver 18,000 jobs during the $1.3 billion upgrade of the 91 freeway, provide vital consumer protection to older adults and adults with disabilities, and improve California’s long-term transportation planning.  She’s selected her legislation with an eye toward cost containment, equal rights for all, and streamlined services and infrastructure.
Assemblymember Lowenthal is a member of the National Freight Advisory Committee and has been named Legislator of the Year by the Global Automakers, the California Assisted Living Association, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Congress of California Seniors and by the California Chiropractic Association.  She has also been named to the California Small Business Roundtable Honor Roll several times. Assemblymember Lowenthal chairs the Assembly Committee on Transportation, the Select Committee on Ports, and the Legislative Women’s Caucus.  She represents the cities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, and Avalon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

lucchesiJennifer Lucchesi
Executive Officer
California State Lands Commission

Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer of the State Lands Commission, has worked for the Commission since November 1999. She was appointed by the Commission to the position of Executive Officer effective on December 8, 2012.

While born in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Lucchesi has spent most of her life in California, growing up in the Bay Area. Ms. Lucchesi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Ms. Lucchesi began her career at the Commission as a land agent in the Commission’s Land Management Division primarily working with ports and harbor districts to redevelopment their waterfronts. While working in the Land Management Division, Ms. Lucchesi attended evening classes at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Lucchesi began her legal career at the Commission after receiving her Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law in 2006. Prior to working for the Commission Ms. Lucchesi worked as a beach lifeguard for the Port San Luis Harbor District and a park ranger for the City of Fremont.
Ms. Lucchesi has worked for the Commission on projects in virtually every county in the state with an emphasis on land use, waterfront redevelopment and boundary issues involving the state’s ports, harbor districts and waterways, including title settlements and land exchanges to facilitate redevelopment projects in Chula Vista, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lucchesi served as the Commission’s Chief Counsel since 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

lyteWilliam F. Lyte
Business Development Manager
Burns & McDonnell

William Lyte is a business development manager of Burns & McDonnell, based in Brea, California.  The firm is a global engineering, construction and environmental firm with specialization in the power and energy sector.  The firm has been chosen to manage the energy master planning work for the Ports of Los Angeles and Oakland. With major engineering firms, Mr. Lyte has been involved in the San Pedro Bay ports for thirty years, with a concentration in the maritime, petroleum and environmental sectors.  During that time, he has been an outspoken advocate for the success of California ports and their surrounding industrial communities and supporting infrastructure and overall economic development.  Through decades-long board and committee roles in industry associations including the Harbor Association, CALMITSAC and the more recently the Propeller Club, he has helped to lead $7+ billion of major port and regional intermodal infrastructure expansion programs, including the Alameda Corridor, Alameda Corridor East and at least ten San Pedro Bay container terminal, petroleum and intermodal projects.  He has also led federally-funded research projects to analyze the San Pedro Bay ports using advanced technology from NASA JPL, and led the establishment of Port Tech L.A., a port technology incubator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

lytleJ. Christopher Lytle
Executive Director & CEO
Port of Oakland

J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director and CEO of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the Port's seven-member governing body. Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach. He joined the Port in September 2006 as Managing Director of the Port's Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau. Before joining the Port, Mr. Lytle served as Vice President of West Coast Operations for the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. Mr. Lytle has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea-Land Service, Inc.


Mr. Lytle has been affiliated with several associations serving the maritime industry, including the Pacific Maritime Association, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, where he was on the Board of Directors. He also has served on the boards of the Steamship Association of Southern California, the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and was a member of the Executive Committee for the Center for International Trade and Transportation. He currently is on the board of the University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute. Also, he served as a trustee with the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, a charity organization. Mr. Lytle holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Washington University. He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and has traveled extensively during his career in the maritime industry, including positions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Lytle, his wife, Stephanie, and their three sons live in the Bay Area.

 

 

 


 

mathurAnil Mathur
President and CEO
Alaska Tanker Company

Anil Mathur has been the President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Company since 2001. In 2005, he was named “CEO who gets it” by the National Safety Council. He received the ASSE President’s Award for his contribution to safety in 2011. He has been recognized by the Maritime Trades Department for the safety performance of Alaska Tanker Company, which is demonstrably the safest tanker company in the world. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MS in Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Mr. Mathur is an alumnus of Harvard Business School. Prior to joining ATC, Mr. Mathur worked for BP for twenty years. Assignments were in commercial, technical and operations roles in the US and UK.

 

 

 

 

mongelluzzoBill Mongelluzzo
Senior Editor
Journal of Commerce

Bill Mongelluzzo is a senior editor with the Journal of Commerce. He is based in Long Beach, Calif. The Journal of Commerce is one of the oldest continuing publications in the U.S. Founded in New York in 1827, the JOC covers international freight transportation and logistics. Mr. Mongelluzzo joined the JOC in 1980 after working as a reporter for eight years with the New Orleans Times Picayune. He has served with the JOC in New Orleans, New York and Long Beach. Mr. Mongelluzzo is a native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

 

 

 

 

moyer2Monique Moyer
Executive Director
Port of San Francisco

Monique Moyer is the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco, an appointment of former Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. She serves at the pleasure of current Mayor Edwin Lee and a 5-member Port Commission. Ms. Moyer is the second woman to serve as Executive Director in the Port’s 150-year history and one of only 3 female port directors nationwide (out of 85).  Ms. Moyer is the longest-serving Port Director since the Port transferred to the City & County of San Francisco in 1969. In addition, Ms. Moyer sits on the non-profit boards of the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, the Foundation of the Fine Arts Museums, and is Vice Chair of the California Association of Port Authorities.

 

Previously, Ms. Moyer served as the City’s Director of Public Finance under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1997-2004).  In addition to managing the City’s $2 billion municipal debt portfolio, Ms. Moyer represented Mayor Brown at CalPERS, the United Airlines bankruptcy and numerous other issues of financial complexity.  In 2002, she proudly received the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Public Managerial Leadership Award. She has been named annually as one of the San Francisco Business Times’ 150 Influential Women in Business from 2005-2011 and became “Ever Influential” in 2012. She is the recipient of San Francisco Travel's 2013 Silver Cable Car Award in recognition of her significant contribution to San Francisco tourism. Prior to joining the government sector in 1996, Ms. Moyer previously held officer positions with two separate investment banking firms who specialized in municipal finance. Ms. Moyer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Grinnell College, Iowa.

 

 

 

 

muratsuchiAssemblymember Al Muratsuchi
66th Assembly District
California State Assembly

 

Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi served as a prosecutor and a school board member before he was elected in November of 2012 to represent California's 66th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, the Los Angeles communities of Harbor City and Harbor Gateway, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance and the unincorporated communities of El Camino Village and West Carson.
Assemblymember Muratsuchi served as a prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice for over eleven years. Prior to joining the Department of Justice in 2001, he was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and the Santa Ana City Attorney's Office. As a prosecutor, Assemblymember Muratsuchi has put gang members, sex offenders, and drug dealers behind bars, as well as cracked down on rogue doctors and other health care providers.


Regionally, Assemblymember Muratsuchi has been an active volunteer in the South Bay and Los Angeles area for many years. He has served as Chairman of the Torrance Planning Commission and a member of the Torrance Environmental Quality and Energy Conservation Commission. He has also served as President of the Torrance Sister City Association, President of South Bay JACL, and on the board of directors of the Southern California Regional Occupation Center, Little Tokyo Service Center, and the League of Women Voters of Torrance.

 

 

 

 

serenoDouglas J. Sereno, P.E., ENV-SP
Director of Program Management
Port of Long Beach

Doug Sereno is the Director of Program Management for the Port of Long Beach, California.  He joined the Port in 2002 as Deputy Chief Harbor Engineer, in charge of overseeing program management, and was appointed to head the newly-formed Program Management Division in August 2007.

Mr. Sereno oversees the Port's 10-year, $4.5 billion capital improvements program, and   significant current projects under his direction are the $1.2 billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program, the $600 million Pier G Redevelopment Program and the Port's $100 million ship-to-shore power projects. Prior to his tenure at the Port, Mr. Sereno spent 15 years with the international consulting firm, MWH Global, Inc., as the Vice President managing the company's program management office for the City of Los Angeles Wastewater Program.

Mr. Sereno is serving in a variety of leadership roles with the American Society of Civil Engineers, including being a member of ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability as well as several task sub-committees on sustainability. Mr. Sereno was the initial chair of the Port's Sustainability Task Force and is a member of the American Association of Port Authorities’ Facilities Engineering Committee.   He is also an active member of the Water Environment Federation and the U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and he is a Registered Engineer in the State of California.  Mr. Sereno is also credentialed as an Envision Sustainability Professional by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).

 

 

 

 

smithDaniel Smith
Principal

The Tioga Group, Inc.

Dan Smith has over 30 years of consulting experience in freight transportation economics, strategy, policy, and planning.  His major clients have included ports, railroads, shippers, leasing companies, industry associations, and government agencies. He has led landmark studies of intermodal transportation, cargo forecasts for major container ports, and highly regarded studies on intermodal interchange, terminals, drayage, equipment utilization, and productivity. Mr. Smith has also been a frequent contributor to trade journals and industry conferences, and has testified before the House Judiciary Committee on anti-trust issues and economic conditions in the world shipping industry. Before co-founding Tioga in 1997, he was with Mercer Management Consulting and Manalytics, Inc.  He holds degrees in Mathematics and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and is a former Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

steinkeRichard D. Steinke
Director, Marine Terminals
Moffatt & Nichol

Richard D. Steinke serves as Moffatt & Nichol’s Marine Terminals Practice Leader. In this role, he supports and implements the firm’s global strategy related to marine facilities worldwide. Mr. Steinke also chairs the firm’s Marine Terminal Practice Leadership team, which is responsible for driving companywide practice strategy and growth initiatives. He leads a global team of planners, designers, port operations specialists, financial analysts and economists located in the firm’s 30 offices worldwide. Mr. Steinke was formerly with the Port of Long Beach where he served a 22-year tenure, including 14 as Executive Director. Under his leadership, the Port nearly doubled cargo volume and launched a $4-billion capital improvement program to strengthen the regional economy and create jobs, while cementing the Port's competitive position among the world's leading ports. During his tenure, the Port also implemented a pioneering Green Port Policy in 2005 and responded to post 9/11 security issues and emerged as a leader in environmental stewardship and security facilities, procedures and technology benefitting the entire region.

 

Mr. Steinke’s leadership extends throughout the U.S. port industry. He has been the chief spokesman for the U.S. West Coast Collaboration, a partnership of west coast ports and the major western railroads. He has also been chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities. 

 

 

 

 

stokesErik Stokes
Manager, Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office
California Energy Commission

Erik Stokes is the manager for the Energy Deployment and Market Facilitation Office at the California Energy Commission. Recently, he co-led the development of the first triennial investment plan for the Energy Commission’s new Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program. Mr. Stokes holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from California State University, Chico and a M.B.A. from California State University, Sacramento.

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Wingfield
Director, Environmental, Government & Public Affairs
Port of Stockton

Jeff Wingfield currently serves as the Director of Environmental, Government & Public Affairs for the Port of Stockton.  He applies a broad knowledge of environmental and regulatory policy to assist the Port in maintaining compliance with environmental regulations and also provides assistance and oversight to the Port’s 120 tenants.  In 2006 Mr. Wingfield developed the Port’s successful Delta Environmental Enhancement Programs aimed at implementing pro-active Port environmental initiatives.  Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Wingfield worked as an environmental consultant serving as a Project Manager on a number of large construction and environmental projects throughout the Western U.S.  Mr. Wingfield is also a Board Member of California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC) where he served the past two years as Chair.  He also serves on the Board of the California Maritime Infrastructure Authority and Bank as well as the Bay Planning Coalition.  Mr. Wingfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona.

 

 

 

 

andersonSusan E. Anderson Wise
Member - Board of Harbor Commissioners
Port of Long Beach, California

Susan E. Anderson Wise, an attorney and Long Beach resident since 1974, is a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach. She was appointed to a six-year term on the Commission in December 2008 by Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed unanimously by the Long Beach City Council. Ms. Wise has wide experience in both commercial and civil litigation, employment law and matters of corporate governance. Over the past decade, she has also served as a Mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and a Hearing Officer for the Long Beach Civil Service Commission. She has also served in leadership roles with the Long Beach Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Long Beach, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation, the Long Beach Bar Foundation, the Long Beach Children’s Clinic, YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.
A native of the Chicago area, Ms. Wise graduated cum laude from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1970 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1974.

 

 

 

 

 

yeeBetty T. Yee
Member
State Board of Equalization, First District

Betty T. Yee represents the First Equalization District and its 21 counties in northern and central California, including the entire San Francisco Bay Area.  Ms. Yee has over 29 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance. Ms. Yee previously served as Chief Deputy Director for Budget with the California Department of Finance where she led the development of the Governor’s Budget, negotiations with the Legislature and key budget stakeholders, and fiscal analyses of legislation on behalf of the Administration.   Prior to this, she served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in both houses of the California State Legislature.  A native of San Francisco, Ms. Yee received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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