Friday, November 15, 2019

New CEO for Oakland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Oakland’s interim Executive Director Danny Wan has been selected to become the port’s new Executive Director. Wan will replace Chris Lytle, who retired in July after six years with the organization.

"We're fortunate to have Danny as the port's new chief executive,” said Board President Ces Butner. “Not only is he an experienced public professional, he is also a local leader with demonstrated commitment to the communities the port serves.”

Wan’s experience in public agency law, finance and environmental policy, community relations and strategic planning spans over two decades. He was the port attorney for six years before serving as port interim executive director.

He has been involved in the Oakland community, serving on the EBMUD Board representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro from 1996 to 2000. In 2000, he represented Chinatown and the Lake Merritt district as the Oakland City Council’s first openly gay member.

“It’s an honor to lead an organization that operates international transportation and shipping hubs and that generates tens of thousands of jobs,” said Wan. “I look forward to working with the Board and an excellent Port staff to plan for even greater efficiency in moving people and goods and to grow benefits for the state and the communities that surround the port.”