The Oakland City Council has appointed Barbara Leslie to the Port of Oakland’s governing board of port commissioners.
Leslie is CEO of the. According to the port, she was nominated by Libby Schaaf, mayor of Oakland, and replaces Earl Hamlin, who resigned from the seven-member board.
“We’re pleased to welcome a colleague to our board with such deep roots and commitment to Oakland,” said Ces Butner, president of the board of port commissioners.
Leslie became the first woman president and CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in 2014. She has 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including service as assistant to the city manager during the Brown administration and more than a decade directing external affairs and philanthropy for AT&T in the East Bay. She previously worked at the port in 1998 and 1999.
“Oakland has been at the centre of my professional life and it’s gratifying to return to the port in a new capacity,” she said.
Leslie has served as chair of the Oakland Workforce Investment Board, a board member for the Oakland African American Chamber Foundation, the Youth Employment Partnership, the Hayward, Walnut Creek, Oakland and Berkeley Chambers of Commerce and as an appointee on multiple civic committees, according to the Port of Oakland.