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Social Responsibility Division (SRD)

Your Port. Your Community.

SRD Has Your Back.

Oakland’s small, locally-owned, and minority-owned businesses have a robust advocate in their corner. The Port’s Social Responsibility Division (SRD) was created to ensure that small firms have a place at the table when large contracts are being awarded. Our careful and thorough certification process helps establish your credentials, and network you with potential contractors. We assist you throughout the bid process with expert bonding and financial advice.

SRD is the bridge that connects Port productivity and economic success to quality of life issues for all local residents. Providing our workforce with the skills it needs to step into good-paying jobs is equally important to both workers and employers. We facilitate a wide variety of local training and apprenticeship programs that reach out to new and unskilled workers. We collaborate with our unions to ensure successful recruitment deserving students. In short, we are there to support workers every step of the way as they enter or re-enter the work force.

We know hundreds of success stories that bear testimony to the transformational power of opportunity, and the host of positive impacts it sets in motion like home ownership, successful schools, reduced blight and decreased crime rates. We are fully committed to offering real hope for a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

We are your port. Your community is our community.

Cheryl Ho
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Executive Assistant
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Port of Oakland's keystone project set to be delivered in 2020
July 16th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – July 16, 2019: Port of Oakland Commissioners have approved the final permit associated with one of the most anticipated industrial developments in Port history.  They voted last... READ MORE
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Port of Oakland Board gives President Ces Butner third term
July 12th, 2019
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Thumbnail of Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle to retire July 19
Port of Oakland Executive Director Chris Lytle to retire July 19
July 10th, 2019
Oakland, Calif. – July 10, 2019: The Port of Oakland announced today that Executive Director Chris Lytle would retire July 19, after 53 years in trade and transportation.  The Port said... READ MORE