Mariza Marin is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s new port director at the San Ysidro port of entry, its first woman to lead the port of entry, the agency announced Aug. 31.
In her new role, Marin is responsible for CBP operations, law enforcement, staff and finances for the territory between San Diego and Tijuana, considered the busiest border crossing in the U.S., as well as the Port of San Diego, which encompasses maritime commercial, cruise and air activities.
“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to serve the communities of Tijuana and San Diego, my hometown,” Marin said. “The women and men of CBP at the San Ysidro port of entry work tirelessly to keep our nation and communities safe, while ensuring the prosperity and health of our binational communities.”
Marin began her CBP career in 2008 at the LA/Long Beach seaport complex, and has since held various leadership roles, including supervisory CBP officer, branch chief, watch commander and assistant port director.
“Ms. Marin’s leadership will help to enrich the San Diego field office and her selection reflects our unwavering commitment to serve the local communities and ensure bi-national economic prosperity,” Anne Maricich, CBP acting director of field operations in San Diego, said. “I have no doubt that with Port Director Marin’s significant level of work experience, she will seek new and innovative ways to make the San Ysidro Port of Entry more effective and efficient while balancing our mission priorities of border security and the facilitation of lawful trade and travel.”