Oakland Port Commissioners elect Barbara Leslie to 2nd term as Board President

Oakland, Calif. – July 11, 2023:  The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners elected Barbara Leslie for a second term as Board President. Yui Hay Lee will begin his second term as the First Vice President. Andreas Cluver will replace outgoing commissioner Cestra “Ces” Butner as Second Vice President.

Port Board President Leslie joined the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners in 2018. She assumed the role of First Vice President from 2020-2022, before becoming President in 2022. She has also served as the CEO of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce since 2014.

“I am honored to be selected by my fellow commissioners to serve a second term in this leadership role,” said Port Board President Barbara Leslie. “I am looking forward to continuing our work, in partnership with our stakeholders, on numerous green initiatives that will help the Port achieve zero emissions from operations. Our Board passionately supports responsible growth and appreciates Port staff’s commitment to finding and implementing innovative solutions to accomplish this goal.”

This is also Commissioner Yui Hay Lee’s second consecutive term as First Vice President. He held the post of Second Vice President from 2020-2022. He joined the Board of Port Commissioners in 2018. Commissioner Lee is the former President and CEO of the Oakland based YHLA Architects, which he founded in 1980.

Second Vice President Commissioner Andreas Cluver returns to a leadership role on the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. Mr. Cluver was the President from 2020-2022 and the First Vice President from 2018-2020. He joined the Port Board in 2016. Mr. Cluver is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda County Building and Trades Association.

The three officers will serve in their roles for the next 12 months. Here is the link to the full Board: click here.

About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square, and a publicly owned utility. The Port’s 5-year strategic plan – Growth with Care – pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook and Twitter, or with the Port on LinkedIn, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

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