Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Port of Oakland Hire New Execs

Following nationwide searches, the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners on March 14 approved the hiring of Ron Puccinelli as new chief technology officer and Amy Tharpe as director of its Social Responsibility Division.

As the port’s SRD director, Tharpe will partner with community and businesses to promote positive social and economic changes and develop a social responsibility strategy that will add value to the Port's business development activities and to the communities in Oakland and throughout the region.

Prior to being hired by the port, Tharpe managed San Francisco’s HOPE SF Initiative, where she served as the city lead on programmatic aspects of the initiative which included real estate development strategies, policy development, resource development, evaluation and communications.

As the port’s CTO, Puccinelli will provide leadership for the port’s Information Technology division, focusing on the integration and performance of technology solutions to support the port’s strategic plan priorities.

Before accepting a position with the port, Puccinelli had been the Director of Information Technology with the nearby City of Concord since October 2001.

“Leadership in the arenas of social responsibility and technology are both critical to the port - so that we can perform optimally as an organization leveraging the latest in technology, while also ensuring that our performance reaches and benefits all of our community, especially our neighboring communities,” port Board President Gilda Gonzales said.

Both Tharpe and Puccinelli officially begin their positions with the port in early April.