Friday, July 30, 2021

New Long Beach Harbor Board President Elected

North Long Beach community leader Steven Neal is the new president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.

He was elected Monday to the one-year term leading the five-member board that oversees the Port of Long Beach.

“I’d like to thank my fellow Commissioners for the faith they have placed in me,” Neal said. “Over the last year, the Port of Long Beach has surmounted an unprecedented pandemic to keep moving the products desperately needed by homebound Americans. I look forward to working with my colleagues, staff, and Executive Director Mario Cordero to ensure this port remains a top commercial gateway for decades to come.”

Also, Sharon L. Weissman will serve as the board’s vice president and Bobby Olvera Jr. as secretary.

Before being appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia to the Harbor Commission in 2019, Neal served on the Long Beach City Council representing the Ninth District in North Long Beach from 2010 to 2014. He was a board member for Long Beach Transit and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network.

He is the senior pastor for LIFE Gospel Ministries, a co-founder of the Economic Policy Impact Center and executive director of the Long Beach Collective Association.