2015 Most Influential Women in Business

Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2015

Two Port of Oakland leaders named 2015 Most Influential Women in Business

Commercial Real Estate Director Pamela Kershaw, Chief Financial Officer Sara Lee honored


Oakland, CA – May 6, 2015: Port of Oakland Commercial Real Estate Director Pamela Kershaw and Chief Financial Officer Sara Lee have been selected as honorees for the 2015 Most Influential Women in Business awards for the San Francisco Bay Area business community. The annual awards program highlights women who hold significant positions of influence in the Bay Area and serve as outstanding role models in business.

Ms. Kershaw has served as the Port’s director of commercial real estate since 2010. She oversees the Port’s commercial real estate portfolio including Jack London Square, Embarcadero Cove, several properties in the Oakland Airport Business Park and significant areas of public access and open space. Ms. Kershaw is also responsible for the recent closing of escrow of the Oak-to-Ninth district, a former underutilized industrial area on Port property. The land will be transformed into a new Oakland waterfront neighborhood—the $1.5 billion development known as Brooklyn Basin. Ms. Kershaw has over 25 years of experience working for various public agencies in the Bay Area in the fields of land planning, real estate and development. Ms. Kershaw has a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in public administration. She resides in Oakland with her husband and two children.

Ms. Lee has led the Port’s finance division since 2009. She directs and administers the financial administration and accounting activities for the Port of Oakland. Ms. Lee reviews, recommends and implements financing strategies for the issuance of short and long term debt and is responsible for refinancing the Port’s bonds saving the organization approximately $100 million. Ms. Lee has more than 15 years of investment banking experience, largely in public sector finance. Ms. Lee received her master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, magna cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in the East Bay with her husband and two children.

The 2015 Most Influential Women in Business awards will be held June 4, 2015 at the Hilton San Francisco.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. 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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Robert Bernardo
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Port of Oakland
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