Port of Oakland creates new role to set course for future

Oakland, Calif. – December 14, 2021: A veteran Port of Oakland project administrator has been given a key role in planning the Port’s maritime future. The Port today appointed Jason Garben Project Management Services Manager in its Maritime Division. It said the newly-created position would help spearhead the Port’s seaport development and modernization efforts.

The Port said Mr. Garben would manage a team of four responsible for planning infrastructure projects. The role is crucial as Oakland embarks on a major planning process to shape its future in shipping. The Port said the group’s purview would include Oakland’s entire physical plant, from marine terminals to support facilities. 

“With so much attention on the global supply chain these days, the Oakland Seaport will have the opportunity to really distinguish itself as a leader in maritime commerce,” said Maritime Director Bryan Brandes. “Jason steps in at a critical moment and we’re counting on him to help write the next chapter in the Port’s history.”

In his new position, Mr. Garben reports to the Port’s Maritime Director. The Port said Mr. Garben would collaborate with revenue and operations management teams to balance business development and regulatory compliance. 

Mr. Garben joined the Port in 2017 as a Senior Maritime Project Administrator. Before that, he worked as Development Services Director for the city of Suisun. 

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 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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