Port of Oakland hires new Director of Human Resources

Oakland, Calif. – June 13, 2018: The Port of Oakland has named Michael Mitchell as its new Director of Human Resources. A 12-year Port veteran, Mr. Mitchell previously served as the Port’s Human Resources Manager.

“Michael Mitchell brings a wealth of government experience to this position,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle. “His effectiveness in establishing key business partnerships and creating organizational efficiencies will serve the Port well.”

As Director of Human Resources, Mr. Mitchell is primarily responsible for overseeing the following functions:

  • Employee and labor relations;
  • Talent acquisition;
  • Classification and compensation;
  • Organizational effectiveness;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Employee benefits; and
  • Safety and employee wellness

Mr. Mitchell began his career at the Port in 2006. Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Mitchell was a senior human resource analyst with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.

He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Hampton University, Hampton Virginia.

About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. 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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