Long Beach Port Chief Is AAPA’s Next Chairman

By Karen Robes Meeks

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero will serve as the next chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities.

He is expected to be installed in September at the association’s annual convention, taking over for Port of Grays Harbor Executive Director Gary G. Nelson, who has served since Oct. 15, 2019.

“With his vast experience as an attorney, on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners (Board) as a member, vice president and president, as a member and chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, and as executive director of America’s second busiest container port, Mario Cordero is an outstanding choice for heading our association during the upcoming activity year,” said Chris Connor, AAPA’s president and chief executive officer. “Together with his long-standing active engagement with AAPA and our member ports throughout the hemisphere, Mario’s remarkable skills as a maritime industry leader will be of enormous value as we work together to navigate through and out of the effects of the coronavirus crisis and address other common challenges and legislative priorities.”

By Sarah Spangler