Port of Oakland appoints Colleen Liang as Environmental Director

Oakland, Calif. – December 5, 2023: The Port of Oakland just appointed Colleen Liang as its new Director of the Environmental Programs and Planning (EP&P) division. Ms. Liang joined the Port in 2000. During her 23 years at the Port, she has served in every environmental position, most recently as Acting Director of EP&P. 

“I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to lead a great team in the Environmental Programs and Planning division and oversee the Port’s stewardship of the Oakland waterfront,” said Ms. Liang.

In her new role, Ms. Liang will continue to oversee the Port’s zero emissions program, environmental compliance, hazardous waste and materials management, planning and permitting programs, and grant funding opportunities for zero emissions and sustainability projects.  

“It is important to me to continue building on the Port’s momentum of environmental innovation and sustainability,” said Ms. Liang. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this exciting time as we plan to transform the Port of Oakland operations to zero emissions and improve our sustainability practices to be resilient for the future.” 

Ms. Liang will also be supporting land use and transportation planning, managing the Port’s resiliency program, including impacts from sea level rise and groundwater intrusion, and updating environmental programs including the Port’s sustainability program.  

Colleen Liang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. She has been a long-time member and supporter of the Port’s Asian Employees Association. In her spare time, she is a troop leader for her daughter’s girl scout troop and enjoys spending time with her family.


About the Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland generates vital economic activity, community benefits and environmental innovation, as the Port decarbonizes its operations for a cleaner and greener future. Along with its partners, the Port supports 98,345 jobs in the region and $174 billion in annual economic activity. The Port oversees Oakland International Airport, the Oakland Seaport and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square, and a publicly owned utility. The Port of Oakland is Everyone’s Port! 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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