Friday, December 14, 2018

New Oakland Commissioner

By Karen Robes Meeks

Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce CEO Barbara Leslie is the newest member of the Port of Oakland’s Board of Port Commissioners, taking over for Earl Hamlin.

“We’re pleased to welcome a colleague to our Board with such deep roots and commitment to Oakland,” said Board President Ces Butner.

Leslie, who is the chamber’s first female president and CEO, brings 25 years of public and private sector experience, which include serving as Assistant to the City Manager during Gov. Jerry Brown’s time as mayor and as External Affairs and philanthropy for AT&T in the East Bay for more than a decade. She also worked as a Government Affairs Specialist for the Port of Oakland from 1998–1999.

“Oakland has been at the center of my professional life and it’s gratifying to return to the port in a new capacity,” Leslie said.