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Social Responsibility Division (SRD)

Your Port. Your Community.

SRD Has Your Back.

Oakland’s small, locally-owned, and minority-owned businesses have a robust advocate in their corner. The Port’s Social Responsibility Division (SRD) was created to ensure that small firms have a place at the table when large contracts are being awarded. Our careful and thorough certification process helps establish your credentials, and network you with potential contractors. We assist you throughout the bid process with expert bonding and financial advice.

SRD is the bridge that connects Port productivity and economic success to quality of life issues for all local residents. Providing our workforce with the skills it needs to step into good-paying jobs is equally important to both workers and employers. We facilitate a wide variety of local training and apprenticeship programs that reach out to new and unskilled workers. We collaborate with our unions to ensure successful recruitment deserving students. In short, we are there to support workers every step of the way as they enter or re-enter the work force.

We know hundreds of success stories that bear testimony to the transformational power of opportunity, and the host of positive impacts it sets in motion like home ownership, successful schools, reduced blight and decreased crime rates. We are fully committed to offering real hope for a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

We are your port. Your community is our community.

Cheryl Ho
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Executive Assistant
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Thumbnail of Port of Oakland says hundreds of new jobs are on the way
Port of Oakland says hundreds of new jobs are on the way
March 21st, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 21, 2017: Industrial development will soon create hundreds of new jobs at the Port of Oakland.  The challenge: finding enough skilled workers to fill them.  That... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Bacon & Beer Festival meets Jack of All Trades fair at Jack London Square
Bacon & Beer Festival meets Jack of All Trades fair at Jack London Square
March 9th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 9, 2017:  The 4th annual Bacon & Beer Festival returns to Jack London Square this Saturday along with the monthly Jack of All Trades fair. Celebrating nostalgic... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Port of Oakland asks middle school's help with messy problem
Port of Oakland asks middle school's help with messy problem
March 7th, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 7, 2017: A dozen of this city’s female middle schoolers visit the Port of Oakland tomorrow to learn.  A month later, they’ll be back – this... READ MORE
Thumbnail of Port of Oakland signs Blue & Gold Fleet for free harbor tours
Port of Oakland signs Blue & Gold Fleet for free harbor tours
March 3rd, 2017
Oakland, Calif. – March 3, 2017:  Free Port of Oakland harbor tours will return in May with a new vessel operator.  The Port today announced an agreement with San Francisco-based... READ MORE