By Mark Edward Nero
Elaine Forbes, who has been the Port of San Francisco’s interim director the past seven months, was appointed to the job permanently by Mayor Edwin Lee on Oct. 12. The appointment is effective immediately, according to the mayor.
Forbes replaces former executive director Monique Moyer, who resigned in February to accept a position as a senior managing director with commercial real estate company CBRE Group.
Before being named interim director in March, Forbes was the port’s deputy director for finance and administration. Before coming to the port, Forbes held management and leadership positions at both San Francisco’s planning department and its international airport.
In addition, she previously worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the Budget Analyst’s Office and Office of the Legislative Analyst providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues.
Forbes, a San Francisco native, also previously worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland.
“Elaine’s extensive leadership experience at the Port of San Francisco and her 15 years of invaluable experience serving our city’s residents makes her an outstanding candidate to serve the port, its diverse stakeholders and the 24 million people that come to our city’s waterfront annually,” Lee said in a statement. “I am confident she will continue to lead the port responsibly, sustain its economic vitality and diversity, and successfully deliver many infrastructure improvement projects including parks and open space and long-term improvements including to address seawall vulnerability and sea level rise for the benefit of San Franciscans for generations to come.”
The Port of San Francisco is responsible for the seven and a half miles of waterfront adjacent to the San Francisco Bay and is the leaseholder for nearly 600 tenants. It oversees a broad range of maritime, commercial and public activities and is involved in a diverse range of business including real estate property management, cargo and cruise shipping, ferries and excursion boats, ship repair, commercial fishing and harbor services.