Speakers

Below please find speaker highlights for the 2019 California Maritime Leadership Symposium.

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Stephen Cheung, President, World Trade Center Los Angeles

Stephen Cheung is the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA).  The WTCLA is a non-profit organization working to support the development of international trade and business opportunities for Southern California.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Cheung was the Secretary General for Los Angeles Mayors Eric Garcetti and Antonio Villaraigosa, and was responsible for managing policies and programs related to the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, International Affairs and Global Trade.  He arranged the Mayors’ international trade missions to China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and was the lead organizer for the historic visit by the Chinese President Xi Jinping to Los Angeles in 2012. 

A proud Angeleno, Mr. Cheung was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Los Angeles where he received both his bachelor’s in Psychobiology and master’s in Social Welfare from UCLA.  He currently serves on the Boards for the Sister Cities of Los Angeles and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

 
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Dr. Eleanor Kirtley, West Coast Program Manager, Green Marine

Dr. Eleanor Kirtley is the West Coast & US Program Manager for Green Marine, North America’s leading environmental certification program for the maritime industry.  Dr. Kirtley opened their Seattle office in 2014. She supports their diverse and growing membership and manages the ship owners’ technical committee.  In addition to responsibility for the certification criteria on the vessel side, Dr. Kirtley oversees air emissions for the landside programs. For the six years prior, she was a consultant and project manager at Glosten. Within their ocean engineering and analysis group, she led vessel traffic and risk assessment studies. Dr. Kirtley completed her PhD in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008.

 
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Tess Lengyel, Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Policy, Alameda County Transportation Commission

Tess Lengyel, Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Policy for the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), has over 25 years of transportation-related experience. She directs all short- and long-range transportation planning for Alameda County and is responsible for policy, legislation and government, and community relations at Alameda CTC. Ms. Lengyel led development of the Alameda County Goods Movement Plan, approved in February 2016, and the $8 billion, 30-year 2014 Transportation Expenditure Plan, approved by 70.76 percent of voters in November 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in planning and policy/environmental studies.

 
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Jennifer Lucchesi, Executive Officer, California State Lands Commission

Jennifer Lucchesi was appointed by the Commission as its Executive Officer in 2012. Ms. Lucchesi began her career at the Commission in 1999, primarily working with ports and harbor districts to facilitate waterfront redevelopment. She has worked on projects in virtually every county in the state, with an emphasis on the Public Trust Doctrine, land use, waterfront redevelopment and boundary issues involving the state’s ports, harbor districts and waterways. Prior to her appointment as Executive Officer, Ms. Lucchesi served as the Commission’s Chief Counsel. Ms. Lucchesi holds a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law.

 
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Renee Moilanen, Manager of Air Quality Practices, Port of Long Beach

Renee Moilanen is the Manager of Air Quality Practices at the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest seaport in North America.  She oversees the Port’s groundbreaking efforts to reduce port-related air pollution and community impacts, including a technology advancement program focused on zero-emissions equipment, incentives for cleaner ships and trucks, and annual tracking of port-related emissions.  Ms. Moilanen holds a Master of Public Policy degree from UCLA in health policy.

 
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Kurt J. Nagle, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Port Authorities

Kurt Nagle has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, related to seaports and international trade.  Since 1995, Mr. Nagle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).  Mr. Nagle began working at AAPA, the alliance of the leading public port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, in 1985.

Prior to joining AAPA, Mr. Nagle was Director of International Trade for the National Coal Association and Assistant Secretary for the Coal Exporters Association.

Previously, he worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr. Nagle serves on the Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States and is a former commissioner of PIANC, the International Navigation Congress.

Mr. Nagle holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University.

 
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Job Nelson, Assistant Vice President – External Relations, Port of San Diego

Job Nelson serves as the Assistant Vice President-External Relations for the Port of San Diego. In that role, he oversees marketing and communications operations, government and civic relations, and arts and culture for the Port District.

Mr. Nelson was promoted from his previous role as Director of Government and Civic Relations where he directed all federal, state and regional lobbying efforts, as well as grants. He also worked for Mayor Jerry Sanders as Director of Intergovernmental Relations. He has written opinion pieces that have run in the San Diego Union- Tribune, the North County Times, and the Daily Transcript.

 
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Mary D. Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Mary D. Nichols is Chair of the California Air Resources Board, a post she has held since 2007. She also served as Chair of the Air Resources Board from 1979-1983.

Ms. Nichols has devoted her entire career in public and nonprofit service to advocating for the environment and public health. In addition to her work at the Air Board, she has served as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air and Radiation program under President Clinton, Secretary for California's Resources Agency from 1999 to 2003 and Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her priorities as Chair include moving ahead on the state's landmark climate change program (AB 32), steering the Board through numerous efforts to curb diesel pollution at ports and continuing to pass regulations aimed at providing cleaner air for Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley. Ms. Nichols values innovation, partnerships and common-sense approaches to addressing the state's air issues.

 
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Eugene D. Seroka, Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles

Mr. Seroka was confirmed as Executive Director for the Port of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014.  An industry-know leader, he brings more than 30 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management to the Port.  As Executive Director of the busiest container port in North America, Mr. Seroka is responsible for managing a $1 billion budget, leading a team of more than 900 employees, advancing major capital projects, growing cargo volumes, and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that improve Southern California’s economy and quality of life. 

 
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Bruce Stenslie, President/CEO, Economic Development Collaborative

Bruce Stenslie has 30 years of experience in workforce and economic development and has served since 2007 as President and CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative.

Prior to EDC, Mr. Stenslie served as Deputy Director for the California Workforce Association, Executive Director for Workforce Policy for the City of Los Angeles and Assistant Director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency.

Mr. Stenslie was elected by his peers in 2013 as Chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development and in 2018 as Co-Chair of the California Stewardship Network.

Mr. Stenslie is a frequently invited speaker on workforce and economic development policy and practice.

 
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Jeffrey Wingfield, Director of Environmental & Public Affairs, Port of Stockton

Jeff Wingfield currently serves as the Director of Environmental & Public Affairs for the Port of Stockton.  He is responsible for balancing commerce and growth with environmental sustainability.

The department is responsible for environmental planning; dredging permitting and coordination, water and air quality; contamination characterizations; wildlife management; and establishment of policies regarding environmental quality issues.

In addition, Mr. Wingfield oversees Public Affairs for the Port and is responsible for the overall communications activities including media relations and community outreach.

He is also Vice-Chair of California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC), and serves on the Board for 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.