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AAPA Technical & Policy Committees

Technical Committees

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 

Cruise terminals, operations, marketing and itineraries

Chairman: Brandy Christian, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3203
1st 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) 435-4217
AAPA Staff Liaison: Susan Monteverde, (703) 706-4703
Cruise Committee webpage 
Cruise Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Defense 

U.S. military operations, strategic ports

Chris Fisher
Chris
Fisher

Chairman: Chris Fisher, Port of Beaumont, (409) 835-5367 x222
AAPA Staff Liaison: Rex Sherman, (703) 706-4706 
Defense Committee webpage
Defense Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Environment

Air quality, water quality, stormwater, contaminated sediment, sustainability, environmental management systems, engaging stakeholders and communities

Sarah Garza
Sarah
Garza
Amelia Pellegrin
Amelia
Pellegrin


Jason
Jordan


Chairman: Sarah Garza, Port Corpus Christi, (361) 885-6163 
Vice Chair: Ameila Pellegrin, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3301
Secretary:  Jason Jordan, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, (253) 830-5321
AAPA Staff Liaison: Meredith Martino, (703) 706-4718  
Environment Committee webpage
Environment Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Facilities Engineering

Landside infrastructure, marine terminal design and construction


Bill Crowe

Chairman: Bill Crowe, P.E., Canaveral Port Authority, (321) 783-7831, x208
AAPA Staff Liaison: Ed O'Connell, (703) 706-4709  
Facilities Engineering Committee webpage
Facilities Engineering Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Finance

Port administration, financing, accounting practices 


Andrew
Palomares

Chairman: Andrew Palomares, Port of Hueneme, (805) 488-3677, x.2222
Vice Chair:  Rodger Rees, Port Canaveral, (321) 783-7831 x.222
AAPA Staff Liaison: Ed O'Connell, (703) 706-4709  
Finance Committee webpage
Finance Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Harbors & Navigation

Waterside infrastructure, federal navigation channel, dredging, dredged material placement 


Ryan
McFarland

Bob
Musser

Chairman:  Ryan McFarland, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-3014 
Vice Chair: Robert E. Musser, Jr., Canaveral Port Authority, (321) 783-7831
AAPA Staff Liaison: Jim Walker, (703) 706-4715  
Harbors & Navigation Committee webpage
Harbors & Navigation Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Information Technology

Information technology, cybersecurity

Martyn Adamson
Martyn
Adamson

Ken Washington
Ken
Washington

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) 905-5100
AAPA Staff Liaison: Meredith Martino, (703) 706-4708  
Information Technology Committee webpage
Information Technology Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Law Review

Legal issues, litigation, contracts


Michael
Dees

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) 627-1340
AAPA Staff Liaison: Jean Godwin, (703) 684-5700  
Law Review Committee webpage
Law Review Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Maritime Economic Development

Port real estate, industrial development, energy cargoes, master planning & research

Ed Anthes-Washburn
Ed Anthes-
Washburn
Amy Miller
Amy
Miller

Patrick
Robitaille

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) 648-4956

AAPA Staff Liaison: Aaron Ellis, (703) 706-4711  
Maritime Economic Development Committee webpage
Maritime Economic Development Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Operations and Safety

Port operations, vessel navigation aids, spill control, port safety

Meyran portrait
Michael
Meyran 

Chairman: Michael Meyran, Massachusetts Port Authority, (617) 946-4413 
AAPA Staff Liaison: Mary Beth Long, (703) 706-4707 
Operations and Safety Committee webpage
Operations and Safety Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Public Relations

Media and public outreach, community programs, workforce education


Judy
Adams

Mélanie
Nadeau 

Robert
Morris

Chair: Judy Adams, Alabama State Port Authority, (251) 441-7003
1st Vice Chair: Mélanie Nadeau, Montréal Port Authority, (514) 283-1385
2nd Vice Chair: Robert Morris, Georgia Ports Authority, (912) 964-3855
AAPA Staff Liaison: Aaron Ellis, (703) 706-4714  
Public Relations Committee webpage
Public Relations Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Security

Cargo and facility security, security personnel


Joseph
Lawless

Jill
Taylor

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 webpage
Security Committee roster (AAPA members only)

AAPA Policy Committees

There are three policy committees that are limited in membership and activity by virtue of the AAPA bylaws or by tradition.

Executive Committee

The Board may delegate any or all of its power to the ten-member committee consisting of ex-officio members and appointed members.

Steve Cernak
Steve Cernak

Chairman: Steve Cernak, Port Everglades, (954) 523-8713
AAPA Staff Liaison: Kurt J. Nagle, (703) 684-5700 

U.S. Legislative Policy Council

The United States Legislative Policy Council (LPC) reviews the legislation and governmental relations program and activities of the Association.


Steve Cernak

Chairman: Steve Cernak, Port Everglades, (954) 468-3516
AAPA Staff Liaison: Susan Monteverde, (703) 706-4703 

Curriculum Committee

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