Port of Oakland Creates New Maritime Division Role

Jason Garben
Jason Garben
New project management services manager for the Port of Oakland Jason Garben. Photo: Port of Oakland.

Jason Garben has become the Port of Oakland’s project management services manager, a newly created role that is expected to be key in helping to “spearhead the port’s seaport development and modernization efforts,” officials said.

Garben, a former development services director for the Northern California city of Suisun, came to the port as a senior maritime project administrator in 2017. In his new role, he reports to Maritime Director Bryan Brandes and oversees a four-member team tasked with planning infrastructure projects within the port, including marine terminals and support facilities.

He also will work with revenue and operations management teams to ensure business development and regulatory compliance, the port said.

“With so much attention on the global supply chain these days, the Oakland seaport will have the opportunity to really distinguish itself as a leader in maritime commerce,” port Brandes said. “Jason steps in at a critical moment and we’re counting on him to help write the next chapter in the port’s history.”