Technical committees can include individuals from all membership categories, and they help the Association set policy, develop new programs and serve as a valuable resource to AAPA members.
Cruise terminals, operations, marketing and itineraries
Chairman: Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-32031st Vice Chair: Michael McLaughlin, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-3453 2nd Vice Chair: Andrew Saporito, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, (212) 435-4217AAPA Staff Liaison: Susan Monteverde, (703) 706-4703Cruise Committee webpage Cruise Committee roster (AAPA members only)
U.S. military operations, strategic ports
Chairman: Chris Fisher, Port of Beaumont, (409) 835-5367 x222 AAPA Staff Liaison: Rex Sherman, (703) 706-4706 Defense Committee webpageDefense Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Air quality, water quality, stormwater, contaminated sediment, sustainability, environmental management systems, engaging stakeholders and communities
Chairman: Sarah Garza, Port Corpus Christi, (361) 885-6163 Vice Chair: Ameila Pellegrin, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3301Secretary: Jason Jordan, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, (253) 830-5321AAPA Staff Liaison: Meredith Martino, (703) 706-4718 Environment Committee webpageEnvironment Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Landside infrastructure, marine terminal design and construction
Chairman: Bill Crowe, P.E., Canaveral Port Authority, (321) 783-7831, x208AAPA Staff Liaison: Ed O'Connell, (703) 706-4709 Facilities Engineering Committee webpageFacilities Engineering Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Port administration, financing, accounting practices
Chairman: Andrew Palomares, Port of Hueneme, (805) 488-3677, x.2222Vice Chair: Rodger Rees, Port Canaveral, (321) 783-7831 x.222AAPA Staff Liaison: Ed O'Connell, (703) 706-4709 Finance Committee webpageFinance Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Waterside infrastructure, federal navigation channel, dredging, dredged material placement
Chairman: Ryan McFarland, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-3014 Vice Chair: Robert E. Musser, Jr., Canaveral Port Authority, (321) 783-7831AAPA Staff Liaison: Jim Walker, (703) 706-4715 Harbors & Navigation Committee webpageHarbors & Navigation Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Information technology, cybersecurity
Chairman: Martyn Adamson, Port of Tacoma, (253) 428-8648 1st Vice Chair: Michelle R. Thames, PortMiami, (305) 960-5452 2nd Vice Chair: Ken Washington, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5100AAPA Staff Liaison: Meredith Martino, (703) 706-4708 Information Technology Committee webpageInformation Technology Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Legal issues, litigation, contracts
Chairman: Tom Schroeter, Port of Houston Authority, (713) 670-2423 Vice Chair: Heather McCloskey, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-3750 2nd Vice Chair: Michael Dees, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, (337) 493-3504 2nd Vice Chair: Danny Wan, Port of Oakland, (510) 627-1340AAPA Staff Liaison: Jean Godwin, (703) 684-5700 Law Review Committee webpageLaw Review Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Port real estate, industrial development, energy cargoes, master planning & research
Chair: Edward C. Anthes-Washburn, Port of New Bedford, (508) 961-3000 1st Vice Chair: Amy Miller, Port of Pensacola, (850) 436-5070 2nd Vice Chair: Patrick Robitaille, Québec Port Authority, (418) 648-4956AAPA Staff Liaison: Aaron Ellis, (703) 706-4711 Maritime Economic Development Committee webpageMaritime Economic Development Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Port operations, vessel navigation aids, spill control, port safety
Chairman: Michael Meyran, Massachusetts Port Authority, (617) 946-4413 AAPA Staff Liaison: Mary Beth Long, (703) 706-4707 Operations and Safety Committee webpageOperations and Safety Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Media and public outreach, community programs, workforce education
Chair: Judy Adams, Alabama State Port Authority, (251) 441-70031st Vice Chair: Mélanie Nadeau, Montréal Port Authority, (514) 283-13852nd Vice Chair: Robert Morris, Georgia Ports Authority, (912) 964-3855AAPA Staff Liaison: Aaron Ellis, (703) 706-4714 Public Relations Committee webpagePublic Relations Committee roster (AAPA members only)
Cargo and facility security, security personnel
Chairman: Joseph Lawless, Massachusetts Port Authority, (617) 478-4172 Vice Chair, Security & Policy: Jill Taylor, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-7628 AAPA Staff Liaison: Rex Sherman, (703) 706-4706 Security Committee webpageSecurity Committee roster (AAPA members only)
There are three policy committees that are limited in membership and activity by virtue of the AAPA bylaws or by tradition.
The Board may delegate any or all of its power to the ten-member committee consisting of ex-officio members and appointed members.
Chairman: Steve Cernak, Port Everglades, (954) 523-8713AAPA Staff Liaison: Kurt J. Nagle, (703) 684-5700
The United States Legislative Policy Council (LPC) reviews the legislation and governmental relations program and activities of the Association.
Chairman: Steve Cernak, Port Everglades, (954) 468-3516AAPA Staff Liaison: Susan Monteverde, (703) 706-4703
Administers the AAPA Professional Port Manager (PPM®) certification program.
Chairman: Dr. Noel Hacegaba, PPM, Port of Long Beach, (562) 283-7071 AAPA Staff Liaison: Mary Beth Long, (703) 706-4707