The Oakland City Council on May 15 unanimously confirmed Earl S. Hamlin as the Port of Oakland’s newest commissioner. Hamlin, who will serve through July 10, 2013, fills the seat previously held by Commissioner Michael Lighty.
Lighty, the public policy director for the California Nurses Association, resigned from the port commission in January, citing a heavy workload. He had spent two years on the board.
Hamlin, who was nominated by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on April 6, 2012, sat in on his first port board meeting with the seven-member commission May 17.
He comes to the port with more than 30 years of experience in finance and economic development. According to his official biography, he began his career with Hambrecht & Quist as a financial analyst, chaired the Alameda County Planning Commission for twelve years and served as treasurer for the Chabot Space & Science Center for six years. He has also served on several other regional commissions and committees including the Alameda County Economic Development Advisory Board and the Community Advisory Working Group to the Alameda County Transportation Authority.
“We extend a very warm welcome to Commissioner Hamlin whose 30 years of broad experience and financial expertise will add real value to this organization,” board President Pamela Calloway said.