Friday, September 20, 2013

Redwood City Port Commission Selects First Woman Chair

Lorianna Kastrop has been elected chair of the five-member Redwood City Port Commission, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the port’s 76-year history.

In June 2008, Kastrop became just the second woman in history appointed to the Port Commission. The first was Marguerite Leipzig, in the early 1980s, after having served on the Redwood City Council, including two years as mayor.

Kastrop was reappointed to a second four-year term on the Commission in 2012.

Kastrop is vice president and controller of The Kastrop Group, Inc. architectural firm, of which her husband, Michael, is principal architect. She also has long history of community involvement in Redwood City, including a stint as a member of the Redwood City Elementary School Board from 1997 to 2001, during which she received a Master of Boardsmanship award from the California School Boards Association.

As of Sept. 4, she succeeded Commissioner Dick Dodge as board chair. Additionally, Commissioner Tom Cronin was elected vice-chair and Commissioner Ralph Garcia was named board secretary.

The Port of Redwood City, located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco, is the sole deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. Its specialties include bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes.