Tuesday, November 26, 2013

4 New LA Harbor Commissioners Seated

The Los Angeles Harbor Commission on Nov. 21 conducted its first meeting since new LA Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed four new members to the five-person body. The new members are:
Patricia Castellanos, who is deputy director of the LA Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), a Teamsters-affiliated policy and advocacy nonprofit organization focused on advancing economic development strategies that lead to better jobs and an improved environment. Before joining LAANE, Castellanos was the harbor area director for former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Vilma Martinez, who most recently was U.S. Ambassador to Argentina from 2009-2013. Since 1982, Martinez has served as a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, where she has specialized in federal and state court commercial litigation and equal employment opportunity and diversity policies for businesses.

Anthony Pirozzi, Jr., who is the director of systems integration, test and launch organization at the Boeing Satellite Development Center in El Segundo. He has worked for Boeing for 23 years, building and launching communication satellites. A San Pedro native, he became a member of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce in 2006, and was chairman of its Board of Directors from 2010 to 2012. He has been a columnist for the local San Pedro Today newspaper since 2009.

Edward Renwick, who’s a partner at Los Angeles-based private investment firm The Yucaipa Companies, LLC. He also co-founded and is chief executive officer of Raineth Holdings, a $40 million real estate investment fund.

The sole holdover on the harbor board from the previous mayoral regime is former longshore union leader Dave Arian, who, like Castellanos and Pirozzi, lives in the Harbor area.

The Harbor Commission’s expected to elect its president and vice-president at its next Board meeting, scheduled for Dec. 12.