Port of Oakland Welcomes New Commissioner Michael Colbruno

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For Immediate Release
July 11, 2013

Port of Oakland Welcomes New Commissioner Michael Colbruno

Commissioner Colbruno Sworn In by Mayor Jean Quan and Joins First Board Meeting

Social Responsibility Division Director
New Port Commissioner Michael Colbruno is sworn in
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

Oakland, CA – July 12, 2013 – On Thursday, July 11, 2013, former City of Oakland Planning Commissioner Michael Colbruno began his service as a Port of Oakland commissioner, participating in his first Port Board meeting. Mr. Colbruno was nominated by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and unanimously approved as a Port Commissioner by the Oakland City Council on May 7, 2013.

“I look forward to continuing my service to the community by joining the governing board of the economic engine of this region – the Port of Oakland,” stated Commissioner Colbruno.

Commissioner Michael Colbruno is currently a partner in the Milo Group of California, a public affairs firm, and managing member of Iris Outdoor, a billboard advertising firm. From 1999-2010, Mr. Colbruno served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor/Northern California. Prior to joining Clear Channel, Mr. Colbruno worked in local and state government as a legislative director and chief-of-staff in the San Francisco Mayor’s office, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and California State Legislature. Throughout his extensive career in public affairs, Commissioner Colbruno has overseen legislative activities and intergovernmental advocacy initiatives, media relations, and community affairs throughout the Bay Area.

Mr. Colbruno was appointed by three successive Oakland mayors to serve on the City’s Planning Commission, and during his tenure was selected to oversee the City’s rezoning effort. In addition to this prior public service, Commissioner Colbruno has served as chair of the Chabot Space & Science Center and chair/founder of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Corporate Counsel. He is currently a board member of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco and the Berkeley Music Group, which is renovating the UC Berkeley Theater. He was named the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

About the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners:
The Port of Oakland is governed by a 7-member Board of Port Commissioners. The Board governance was established in 1927 to oversee the tidelands entrusted to the Port of Oakland by the State of California. Members must be residents of the City of Oakland, nominated by the Mayor, and appointed by the Oakland City Council to staggered 4-year terms without term limits. All Port Commissioners are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service to the Port of Oakland.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport and Oakland International Airport. The Port’s jurisdiction includes 20 miles of waterfront from the Bay Bridge through Oakland International Airport. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.

Media Contacts:

Isaac Kos-Read
Director of External Affairs
Port of Oakland
(510) 627-1565
[email protected]

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