Community Benefits

The Port of Oakland contributes to the vitality of its surrounding communities through local workforce development, projects that protect the environment and improve air quality, supporting parks and public access along the shoreline for all to enjoy, and offering free community events at the Oakland waterfront. The Port’s Social Responsibility Division (SRD) facilitates inclusion, fairness, equity, as well as access to economic opportunities, programs, and services for local businesses and the community.

  • Environmental stewardship, local workforce development, and small and local business access to Port contract opportunities are ongoing
  • Thanks to Port oversight, waterway treasures like Lake Merritt, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and most of the Oakland Estuary remain accessible to everyone for recreation and inspiration
  • The Port offers free harbor tours for the public during spring and summer
  • The Port provides paid summer internships in various Port divisions for career development
  • Port staff provides educational outreach to local schools
  • Free community events are planned throughout the year at the Port’s Jack London Square at the Oakland waterfront