Port of Long Beach announced that Sharon L. Weissman, Harbor Commission vice president was elected as Board President to lead the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-person board that oversees the port.
It added that the board also selected Bobby Olvera Jr. as vice president and Bonnie Lowenthal as secretary.
Every July, Commissioners select a President and two board officers to serve one-year terms. The Commission's new officers will begin their terms on August 8, when outgoing Commission President Steven Neal will hand the gavel to Weissman at the Board's regularly scheduled meeting that day.
Port of Long Beach noted that Weissman served as a senior advisor to Mayor Robert Garcia from July 2014 and transportation deputy beginning in 2017 until her retirement in June 2020.
Appointed to the Harbor Commission in 2020, Weissman was elected vice president of the Board in July 2021.
"I am honored by the trust my colleagues on the Board have placed in me," Weissman said. "In collaboration with my fellow Commissioners, Executive Director Mario Cordero, and staff, I look forward to navigating our way through the challenges of the supply chain, supporting the necessary infrastructure that will keep the Port competitive, and building upon the port’s robust green initiatives."
Under the City Charter, the Board sets policy for the Port and directs the Port's Executive Director.
The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than US$200 billion annually.