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Meet the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners

The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners oversees the management and operation of the Port of Los Angeles, the number one port in the nation, ranked by container volume. The five-member board is appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. The commissioners serve five-year terms and elections are held every July for the offices of president and vice president.

 

Ambassador Vilma Martinez, President  

Ambassador Vilma Martinez, President

Ambassador Vilma Martinez, the first woman to represent the United States in Buenos Aires as Ambassador, was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on November 19, 2013.

Ambassador Martinez has been a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson since 1982, where she specialized in federal and state court commercial litigation. In recent years, her legal practice focused on advising companies on steps to enhance their equal employment opportunity policies and build diversity and inclusion initiatives into their business plans.

Prior to Munger, Tolles & Olson, Ambassador Martinez served as president and general counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for nine years. One of her most significant accomplishments as head of MALDEF was developing an operating framework that enabled it to grow and support a broader array of activities. Ambassador Martinez’s previous professional endeavors also include work as litigation associate at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York, and as a staff attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Enriching Ambassador Martinez’s experience is a history of continued public service on numerous nonprofit boards. She served as chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California from 1984 to 1986, and was a regent from 1976 to 1990. She previously served as a board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She chaired the Pacific Council’s Study Group on Mexico and served on the advisory boards of Columbia Law School and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California.

Ambassador Martinez was appointed by President William Clinton to serve on his Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations from 1994 to 1996. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Ambassador to Argentina from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, she was awarded the Order of May (the highest honor awarded by Argentina to a foreign national) in recognition for her tenure and for her work on behalf of improving mutual cooperation and understanding.

Ambassador Martinez has been a popular speaker at educational institutions around the nation, including Harvard Law School, Yale University, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, and her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. Her awards include:

  • Margaret Brent Award (American Bar Association)
  • Pioneer Award and LEX Award (Mexican-American Bar Association)
  • Maynard Toll Award (Legal Aid Foundation)
  • Distinguished Alumna Award (University of Texas)
  • Medal for Excellence (Columbia University)
  • Valerie Kantor Award for Extraordinary Achievement (MALDEF)
  • Jefferson Award (American Institute for Public Service)


Ambassador Martinez earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor of laws from Columbia Law School. She is a member of the California Bar Association.

     
David Arian, Vice President  

David Arian, Vice President

David Arian was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on October 13, 2010. Arian has been a fixture on the LA Waterfront as a union worker, labor leader, and supporter of many community organizations.

Arian began his career as a longshoreman in 1965 and has been an active member of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) since. He served as an officer of the ILWU Local 13 many times, including three terms as local president. In 1991, he was elected international president of the ILWU. Following his term, he returned to the docks at the Port of Los Angeles where he worked until his retirement in 2009. Since then, Arian has served as president of the Harry Bridges Institute, a San Pedro-based, nonprofit dedicated to community organization.

Arian has been an active member of the San Pedro community for decades, from opening the San Pedro Community Action Center in 1966 to his more recent support of organizations like Toberman Settlement House, Harbor Interfaith Shelter, and San Pedro Boys & Girls Club. In 2006, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed him to serve on the joint Port of Los Angeles-Port of Long Beach Advisory Board for the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

A proud citizen of the Harbor Area, Arian grew up on 8th Street in San Pedro, and attended Cabrillo Elementary, Dana Jr. High, and San Pedro High schools. He played at the San Pedro Boys Club, an organization he still supports today.

Arian has two children: a son, Sean, and a daughter, Justine, and two grandchildren, Jadyn Rose and Destan.

     
Patricia Castellanos, Commissioner  

Patricia Castellanos, Commissioner

Patricia Castellanos was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on September 27, 2013.

In additional to her role as commissioner, Castellanos serves as deputy director of the L.A. Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a leading policy, advocacy nonprofit organization, where she oversees the organization’s efforts to advance economic development strategies that lead to better jobs and an improved environment. Prior to her current role, she served for six years as LAANE’s director of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports. Before joining LAANE, she served as the harbor area director for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a position where she coordinated the mayor’s initiatives related to community services, environment, economic development, and goods movement in the harbor.

Castellanos previously served as director of policy, training, and education for Strategic Concepts in Organization and Policy Education (SCOPE) and supervised the implementation of is political education program.

Castellanos holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach.

She serves on the board of the Los Angeles League of Conservations Voters. In 2012, she was named “Democrat of the Year” for Assembly District 54 by the Los Angeles Democratic Party, and in 2006, “Woman of the Year” by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

Castellanos is a Los Angeles native and lives in San Pedro.

     
Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., Commissioner  

Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., Commissioner

Anthony Pirozzi, Jr. was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on October 8, 2013.

Pirozzi currently serves as the director of systems integration, test and launch organization at the Boeing Satellite Development Center. He has worked for the Boeing Company for 23 years, building and launching communication satellites.

A native San Pedran, Pirozzi’s active involvement in the community of San Pedro includes joining the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in 2006, serving as the Chamber’s chairman of the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012; president of Eastview Little League from 2009 to 2012; and columnist for San Pedro Today since 2009. He has also coached soccer, baseball, and basketball to local youth for more than 15 years. In 2011, he co-founded Scalawag Productions, a nonprofit teenage-to-young-adult-theatre company, to establish local theater art at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.

Pirozzi’s goals are to bring knowledge-based jobs to the LA Waterfront, remain competitive in the global goods movement industry, support local businesses/property owners to improve local business districts, and inspire and motivate students to graduate from high school and achieve a higher education. Ultimately, his passion is to leave San Pedro a better place for future generations.

Pirozzi was born and raised in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a master’s degree in engineering from Loyola Marymount University.

Pirozzi lives in San Pedro and believes that community is an extension of family, as is witnessed in 20 years of marriage to his wife Carolyn, and their three children, Antonio III, Vincent, and Luca.

     
Edward Renwick, Commissioner  

Edward Renwick, Commissioner

Edward R. Renwick was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Eric Garcetti and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on November 19, 2013.

Renwick is a partner at The Yucaipa Companies, LLC, is a Los Angeles-based private investment firm. Renwick joined The Yucaipa Companies in 1999. At Yucaipa, he leads deal terms that oversee all aspects of the transaction process, including deal sourcing, structuring, and negotiation, as well as portfolio company monitoring and exiting.

In addition to his work at Yucaipa, he co-founded and serves as chief executive officer of Raineth Holdings, a $40 million real estate investment fund that has acquired and leased more than 700 homes in the Midwest.

Prior to joining Yucaipa in 1999, Renwick was a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was responsible for providing strategic and operational assistance to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to BCG, Renwick served as senior vice president of business development at the Chongqing Wanli Storage Battery Company in China. He also worked as an analyst in the real estate investment banking division of Goldman Sachs.

Renwick has served as a director of Current TV, a U.S. cable network; Delltrade, a U.S./UK jewelry brand and retailer; and EasyBill, a transaction processor in India.

Renwick is a member of the Bel Air Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization and serves as an advisory board member of Children Now.

Renwick holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. and M.P.P. from Harvard University. He is a member of the California Bar Association (inactive).

 

 
 
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