Port of Oakland Board elects Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner as President

Oakland, Calif. – July 16, 2018: Oakland business leader Cestra ‘Ces’ Butner has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s governing Board. The Board of Port Commissioners selected their colleague for the top post at a meeting last week.

Commissioner Butner succeeds Joan Story, who will remain on the Board. Commissioner Andreas Cluver was elected First Vice President by his colleagues on the Board. The Board elected Commissioner Michael Colbruno as Second Vice President. All three officers take over their new roles July 26.

This is Commissioner Butner’s second term as President. He previously held the role from July 2013 to July 2014.  This past year he has been the Board’s First Vice President.

“I appreciate the support of my colleagues on the Board and I’m eager to continue serving the Port,” said Commissioner Butner. “We’ll work with the staff to grow the Port’s business for the benefit of our community.”

Commissioner Butner is the founder of Oakland-based Horizon Beverage. He has served on the boards of the East Bay YMCA and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He joined the Port’s Board in 2012.

The Mayor of Oakland nominates the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners. The City Council appoints Board members.

About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. 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 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

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Mike Zampa
Port of Oakland
Communications Director
(510) 627-1565
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Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
Port Spokesperson
(510) 627-1193
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