Port of Oakland Board votes labor leader Cluver as President

Oakland, Calif. – July 16, 2020:  Alameda County labor leader Andreas Cluver has been elected President of the Port of Oakland’s governing Board.  The seven-member Board of Port Commissioners chose Mr. Cluver at a special meeting this week.

Oakland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara Leslie was elected the Port Board’s First Vice President.  Commissioners selected well-known Oakland architect Yui Hay Lee as Second Vice President.

President Cluver succeeds Ces Butner who had been Board President for the past two years.  Mr. Butner, a prominent Oakland business executive, will remain on the Board as a Commissioner.

The election follows Oakland City Council re-appointment of President Cluver and community activist Arabella Martinez to the Port Board.  Both joined in 2016.

President Cluver is Secretary-Treasurer of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County.  He served the past two years as First Vice President of the Port Board.  Commissioner Leslie had been the Port’s Second Vice President last year.  Commissioner Lee joined the Board in 2018.

The Board of Port Commissioners sets policy for the Port of Oakland and oversees Port operations.  The Mayor of Oakland nominates Board members who are appointed by the City Council.

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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 84,000 jobs. 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
[email protected]

Marilyn Sandifur
Port of Oakland
Port Spokesperson 
(510) 627-1193
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