About the expertGeraldine Knatz is Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering, a joint appointment between the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering. She served as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles from 2006 to January 2014. She was the first woman to serve in this role and made a significant impact through the creation and implementation of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, an aggressive plan that reduced air emissions by combined port operations of over 70 percent over five years which is recognized around the world for its innovation and success. She was also the Managing Director of the Port of Long Beach where she also led a number of environmental initiatives, including the Green Port Policy and Truck Trip Reduction Program and pioneered the first habitat and wetland restorations. She is widely recognized as an authority on U.S. trading patterns, port sustainability, navigation projects and the global shipping industry. She is past president of the American Association of Port Authorities and past president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, and currently serves as the Chairman of the World Port Climate Initiative. She serves as Gov. Brown’s appointee on the Ocean Protection Council. In 2014, she was named a member of the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her international leadership in the engineering and development of environmentally clean urban seaports.
Our future ports will be where core maritime shipping businesses grow in a sustainable matter, related businesses and academic institutions cluster to provide supporting jobs, and people come to recreate, study and invent.