Friday, February 14, 2014

Long Beach Port Appoints
New Environmental Director

By Mark Edward Nero

Port of Long Beach’s harbor board on Feb. 10 formally promoted staffer Heather Tomley to the position of Director of Environmental Planning. In her new role, she will be charged with leading the port’s environmental initiatives.

Tomley, who will report to Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning Rick Cameron, had been the port’s Acting Director of Environmental Planning since July 2013. She originally joined the port as an Environmental Planning Associate in 2005, was promoted to Environmental Specialist and then Senior Environmental Specialist in 2006 and Assistant Director in 2008.

“Heather Tomley’s work in the Environmental Planning Division has been instrumental to the greening of the port,” Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond said.

As Director of Environmental Planning, Tomley will lead the division most directly responsible for the port’s signature environmental programs: the Green Port Policy and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. The division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into port practices.

Tomley earned her bachelor of science in chemistry and a minor in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and her master of science in environmental science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She’s scheduled to begin her new role March 17.