Port of Long Beach Announces New Director of Environmental Planning

Renee Moilanen. Photo via Build Momentum.

Renee Moilanen, the director of ports for new energy solutions company Build Momentum, has been chosen to be the next director of environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach, it was announced June 10.

Moilanen, who is expected to start her new role on July 15, returns to a familiar stomping ground. She began her career at the POLB in 2006, and during her previous time at the seaport, she was an environmental specialist, environmental specialist associate and communications administrative analyst.

From 2014 to 2019, she served as the port’s manager of air quality practices.

In her new role, she is being tasked with overseeing the port’s environmental policies and programs such as the Green Port Policy and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan.

Build Momentum “specializes in developing campaigns for organizations working on transformative water, energy, transportation and manufacturing technologies,” according to the port’s announcement.

Moilanen was also previously a consultant for Starcrest Consulting Group, the company that helps put together the port’s annual emissions inventory.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Policy in health policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

By Karen Robes Meeks