Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan is the new president of the California Association of Port Authorities. Members of the trade group selected Wan for the role in mid-October. He succeeds Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.
“I’m honored to represent California ports because of the significant role they play in supporting the state and national economies,” Wan said. “I hope to continue the association’s work in making our ports sustainable and efficient.”
CAPA represents 14 deep water ports. It sets public policy objectives that are advanced with local, state and federal government. Wan will guide the association’s deliberations and decision-making with the association’s members and staff.
Wan, who has been the Port of Oakland’s executive director since 2019, takes on the role with CAPA at a critical time; unprecedented trade growth has congested California ports, which process 40% of all containerized imports entering the U.S., resulting in disruption to global supply chains.
CAPA and Wan could be instrumental in advocating investments into port, transportation and supply chain infrastructure throughout the state, as maritime interests seek government help to modernize ports and streamline regulations governing port operations.
They’re also working closely with regulators on ways to curb emissions created by ships and cargo-handling equipment.