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Community Message from SRD Director Amy Tharpe on COVID-19   
Dear Port Community,
We are wishing you and your loved ones optimal health and safety during this challenging time. Our communities’ resilience, strength, love, and compassion will help us face the uncertainty that tomorrow brings.

The Port is committed to supporting our community through this health crisis. Your evolving needs are our priority and the Port is busy thinking about how we can best support you.

We are your neighbor, partner, collaborator and, most importantly, your friend. The Port is Everyone’s Port, and when challenges arise, we are in this together. 
Amy Tharpe
Director of Social Responsibility

Please click here for Port of Oakland COVID-19 updates
COVID-19 Impacts on Community Programs
Summer Internship Program 2020 Cancelled
Due to the rapidly changing coronavirus situation and the effects on the Port of Oakland operations, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Summer Internship Program 2020. We remain committed to giving our local students career opportunities and intend to host the internship program next summer.  Please click here for general information about the program.
Community Investments Program Changes
The Port is making changes to the Spring 2020 cycle of the Community Investment Program due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will only accept applications for program support requests and community event sponsorships are paused for this cycle. Please check here for future updates.

If you are a non-profit organization seeking funding, please check out the following COVID-19 relief fund grant programs:

Harbor Tours 2020 Season Suspended
The Port is suspending its free harbor tours in May and June for the 2020 Harbor Tour season due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking steps to help protect the health and well-being of our employees and community. We will evaluate for the rest of the 2020 tour season based on recommended health guidelines. Please check here for future updates.
Community Highlights
Port Staff Volunteer at Oakland Aviation Museum's Open Cockpit Day
March 8, 2020

The Oakland Aviation Museum hosted an "Open Cockpit Day" at the North Field of the Oakland International Airport. The museum allowed visitors a special opportunity to explore the inside of the museum's collection of aircraft. Port staff were on hand to speak to visitors about the Port's aviation history.
Port Judges Glider Competition at MESA Day 2020
March 7, 2020

Over 600 middle school and high school students participated in competitions that demonstrated their STEM skills and knowledge at Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Day 2020 at Cal State East Bay. Port Associate Engineer and MESA Advisory Board Member Nathan Tang judged the glider competition where students launched their balsa wood gliders from a catapult.

T he Port is a sponsor of the Institute of STEM education and affiliated programs such as MESA. MESA gives students traditionally underrepresented in STEM professions the interest and skills they need to pursue STEM studies and careers.
Port and Community Partners Host Science Day at Garfield Elementary School in San Leandro
March 4, 2020

The Port collaborated with Community Resources for Science, San Leandro Education Foundation, San Leandro Unified School District, and San Leandro Rotary for the first Port Science Day at Garfield Elementary School in San Leandro. A team of volunteers tabled interactive activities, such as the paper airplane challenge and ph testing/water quality, which helped every student explore Port related scientific concepts. The Port is a sponsor of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) Lab at Garfield Elementary.
SRD Director Amy Tharpe Speaks About the
Port's Economic Impact at Flexport
February 29, 2020

Port Social Responsibility Director Amy Tharpe and Maritime Marketing Commodities Representative Ron Brown spoke to Flexport staff in San Francisco about the Port's regional economic impact. Flexport is a freight forwarding company and their employee group BOLD Black Organization for Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) organized the fireside chat as part of their BOLD Black History Month Programming.
Port Staff Speaks at Transporting Women Further Conference
February 29, 2020

T he Port was proud to sponsor Cal Maritime's Women in Maritime Leadership Conference 2020 "Transporting Women Further". Senior Port Strategic Planner Radiah T. Victor spoke about "Breaking Barriers: Creating an Inclusive & Diverse Team" and Community Affairs Representative Luana España spoke about "Building Strategic Relationships" to the next generation of women leaders and change makers in maritime.
San Leandro Career Day
February 25, 2020

Port staff joined local professionals and participated in Career Day at San Leandro High School. Employees spoke about their educational experiences and career paths to multiple classrooms of 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.
Cal Maritime Students Learn about Careers at the Oakland Seaport
February 18, 2020

Cal Maritime students visited the Port of Oakland to learn about careers in the industry and tour TraPac’s terminal. The students heard from a distinguished panel of women leaders in maritime including: Mott MacDonald Vice President of Transportation Delivery Jean Banker, HNTB Project Engineer Stephanie Ledbetter, Port Associate Environmental Planner/Scientist Andrea Gardner, and Port Senior Maritime Projects Administrator Pia Franzese. Thank you to the Port staff and industry experts who made this a great learning experience for these enthusiastic students.
Port Works with the California Foundation for Agriculture
in the Classroom to Develop Import/Export Lesson Plan
February 7, 2020

The Port has partnered with California Foundation for Agriculture (CFAITC) in the Classroom to develop educational tools, such as " What's Growin' On?" and " Ag-Bites", for elementary students to learn about the infrastructure and transportation it takes to move food from the farm to destinations here and abroad. The CFAITC visited the Port to train employees on an interactive lesson plan to teach elementary students about the Port's role in the supply chain and the export/import of commodities.
Port and Community Partners Read-In at MLK, Jr. Elementary School
February 4, 2020

The Port collaborated with the Oakland Ed Fund, Visit Oakland, and the West Oakland Community Collaborative for its first African-American Read-in and Port Volunteer Day at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in West Oakland. Volunteers read books celebrating African-American history and culture to students, and spruced up the bulletin boards. We thank our partners for coming together to make a positive impact in our community for Black History Month.
Executive Director Delivers State of the Port Address
January 29, 2020

Port Executive Director Danny Wan delivered the keynote speech at the 6th Annual Women In Logisitcs/ Pacific Merchant Shipping Association St ate of the Port of Oakland to community stakeholders, business partners, and elected officials. He emphasized that the Port of Oakland is " Everyone's Port " and that he wants an industrial sanctuary to sustain economic vitality. You can read Executive Director Wan's State of the Port in its entirety here and see the "Everyone's Port" video here.
San Leandro Rotary Vocational Talk
January 15, 2020

The Port supports San Leandro Rotary Club's focus of service in the community and service in the workplace. Port Community Affairs Representative Luana España spoke to San Leandro Rotarians about the Port's economic impact in the region and its commitment to social responsibility in the community.
Port Welcomes Year of the Rat at Lunar New Year Bazaar
January 11, 2020

The Port was honored to sponsor the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce's Lunar New Year Bazaar and welcome the Year of the Rat. The two day celebration featured live performances and activities for the whole family. The Port offered a free photo booth that community members enjoyed during the festive event.