California Association of Port Authorities Elects New President

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Port of Redwood City Executive Director Kristine A. Zortman is the new president of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA), the organization announced Nov. 7.

Zortman, who previously served as CAPA’s vice president, said she was honored to be elected president of the association, which consists of 11 major California port authorities that account for processing 38% of the nation’s container imports and 28% of its exports.

Zortman has led the Port of Redwood City since 2018. Before that, she handled commercial real estate negotiations at the Port of San Diego for eight years and was vice president of neighborhood investment for Civic San Diego, a non-profit organization focused on economic development.

“For over 80 years, our organization has been at the forefront of the most pressing issues facing our state’s economy and the maritime industry,” said Zortman, who was unanimously chosen at the CAPA’s annual meeting. “With intense competition from Eastern and Gulf Coast ports, our state must continue to advance policies that will allow California’s supply chain to thrive.”

By Karen Robes Meeks