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Meet the AAPA Board of Directors

MARIO CORDERO, J.D., 2020-22 Chairman of the Board 

Mario Cordero, an international maritime industry leader, Long Beach resident and attorney, is Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, effective May 15, 2017.

Beginning in 2003, Mr. Cordero served as a member, vice president and president of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners for eight years, before resigning to accept President Barack Obama’s appointment to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in 2011. He served on the FMC until May 2017 and was FMC Chairman from April 2013 to January 2017.

As Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach, Mr. Cordero reports to the Board and leads the Port’s Harbor Department staff of in excess of 500 with an annual budget of $775 million. Inclusiveness and collaboration are hallmarks of Mr. Cordero’s leadership style, and due to both his Port and FMC leadership experience, he understands the needs of ocean carriers, terminal operators, cargo owners and other trade partners locally, nationally and around the globe.

During his tenure as a Long Beach Harbor Commissioner, Mr. Cordero spearheaded the development of the pioneering Green Port Policy, which outlines a sustainable environmental ethic for all Port operations, mandating that trade growth must run parallel with environmental stewardship. The Policy has been nationally recognized and become a model for ports worldwide. He was recently appointed as the Port’s Representative to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Governing Board and to the Governing Board of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility-Joint Powers Authority for a five-year term.

Mr. Cordero has practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in workers’ compensation cases. Away from his legal practice, he has taught Political Science at Long Beach City College, focusing on California Politics, and served on the City of Long Beach Community Development Commission. He also was Vice-Chair of the City-commissioned Long Beach Ethics Task Force that developed a Code of Ethics for Long Beach City employees, as well as elected and appointed City officials.

He holds a law degree from the University of Santa Clara and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from California State University, Long Beach. Mario Cordero is a classical music pianist, playing since the age of 8, and also expresses himself through poetry. He and his wife reside in Long Beach and have two children.

U.S. Great Lakes Ports

WILLIAM D. FRIEDMAN, Port of Cleveland

William D. Friedman became President and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority in June, 2010. Under Mr. Friedman’s leadership, the Port of Cleveland has experienced a resurgence in maritime trade and long-sought diversification of cargo types. In 2014, the Port launched the Cleveland-Europe Express service, revitalizing shipping via the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system and solidifying Cleveland’s position as its leading international hub.

Mr. Friedman has more than 25 years experience in port management, real estate development, the international supply chain and multimodal distribution. He served as vice president, ports and logistics for Duke Realty Corp. from 2004 to 2009, helping the company expand to key port and inland logistics hubs including the Port of Savannah and the Rickenbacker Global Logistics Park in Columbus, Ohio. Before joining Duke Realty, Mr. Friedman was CEO of the Ports of Indiana from 2000 to 2004, where he improved financial results, increased cargo volumes, and secured more private investment, resulting in a record $1.5 billion annual economic impact statewide.

Prior to that, Mr. Friedman spent 10 years with the Port of Seattle serving in a variety of management roles including director of seaport strategic planning, general manager of cargo piers and industrial properties, and senior harbor development planner.  Mr. Friedman’s work in Seattle enabled a $600 million expansion of one of the nation’s primary container ports. He is President of the American Great Lakes Ports Association and serves on numerous industry and civic boards including the Northeast Ohio Development Fund, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, and the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission. Mr. Friedman served as Chairman of the Board of both AAPA and Green Marine.

Mr. Friedman holds two degrees from Indiana University – a bachelor’s degree in history, and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in urban and regional planning.

U.S. Gulf Ports

CHETT CHIASSON, Greater Lafourche Port Commission

Chett Chiasson is the Executive Director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC), which runs Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport. Chett’s experience at the Port Commission over the past 15 years includes the marketing and leasing of port and airport properties as well as grant writing, management, and disaster recovery. Since being named director in January 2010, Chett has played a leadership role in working to protect Port Fourchon and Louisiana’s surrounding coast from devastating land loss while also stressing the importance of a robust oil and gas industry for our local, state, and national economies and U.S. energy security. Chett has also testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the economic importance of Port Fourchon and the oil and gas industry and how industry and the environment can and do work together.  

Chett is the Chairman of the Gulf Caucus (of Gulf Coast Ports) and a member of the AAPA Board of Directors. He is a member of the Louisiana Multimodal Commerce Advisory Commission, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation board. Chett is also Chairman of the Louisiana CPRA Board’s Finance Working Group. He is immediate past President of the South Central Industrial Association (SCIA), Past President of the Ports Association of Louisiana (PAL), Chairman of the LA Highway 1 Coalition, Vice President of the Executive Board of Restore or Retreat, and a Fourchon Oilman’s Association board member. Also, Chett is a Past Chairman of the Lafourche Chamber and Past President of the Bayou Industrial Group. He is a graduate of both Leadership Lafourche (2008) and Leadership Louisiana (2009), was named one of the Best of Lafourche’s Forty under Forty in 2014, and was honored as the LSU Public Administration Institute’s 2015 Distinguished MPA Alumnus.

Chett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from LSU.

U.S. North Atlantic Ports

RICHARD J. HENDRICK, Albany Port District Commission

Rich Hendrick was selected by the Board of Commissioners to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Albany-Rensselaer beginning in June 2008. During this time, the port has experienced historical increases in ships, tonnage and longshore labor hours worked at the port. Mr. Hendrick has also overseen the largest capital investment and infrastructure upgrades since the port was established in 1932, nearing $100 million.

Mr. Hendrick serves on the Board of Commissioners of Pilots of the State of New York and is on the AAPA Board of Directors, representing the U.S. North Atlantic Ports Region and serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the North Atlantic Ports Association. He is also on the Board of the Historic Cherry Hill in South Albany and serves on the Board of Directors of the W.F. Bruen Hose Company [Clinton Heights Fire Department] in East Greenbush, NY.

Prior to serving as GM, Mr. Hendrick was the Director of Security and Threat Assessment for the Port of Albany. He retired from City of Albany Police Department as a Detective after serving for 17 years.

Richard J. Hendrick
U.S. South Atlantic Ports

JONATHAN DANIELS, Port Everglades

Jonathan Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer and Port Director for Port Everglades, a self-supporting enterprise fund of Broward County, FL, that generates approximately $32 billion in economic activity and 13,000 direct jobs annually. Port Everglades is the world’s third busiest cruise homeport and is ranked among the nation’s leading container ports, annually exceeding 1 million TEUs. It is also South Florida’s main seaport for receiving energy products including gasoline, jet fuel and alternative fuels.

Mr. Daniels comes to Port Everglades from the Port of Gulfport, MI, where he was the Executive Director from 2013 to 2020.
He led a $570 million restoration and expansion project and created a business development program that successfully
fulfilled a federal job creation mandate to generate at least 1,300 new jobs. Under his leadership, Gulfport became the first “green” Port in the U.S. Gulf by joining the Green Marine environmental program. In addition to his time in Gulfport, Mr. Daniels was the Executive Director of Port of Oswego Authority in New York, Managing Director for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, LA, and as Port Director of the Eastport Port Authority in Maine. He served as CEO of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation and as the Director of the City of Bangor, Office of Economic and Business Development. He also served as Senior Trade Advisor and Director, Maine International Trade Center.

Currently, Mr. Daniels serves on the AAPA Board of Directors and National Defense Committee. He was also appointed by the Governor of Mississippi to the Mississippi Military Defense Task Force and Ocean Task Force and served on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Foreign Trade Zone Board of Directors and the Mississippi State Pilots Board. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – International Politics and Foreign Affairs from The Citadel, in Charleston, SC, and continued his education at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME. He has a son in the U.S. Air Force and three daughters living in Florida.

GRIFF LYNCH, Georgia Ports Authority

Griff Lynch is the Executive Director of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), a 1,400-person strong gateway for American commerce.

As Executive Director, Griff oversees the nation’s third-busiest container port and second-busiest auto port complex in Savannah and Brunswick, respectively. In addition, Griff oversees GPA’s two inland terminal operations in South and Northwest Georgia. Together, these facilities comprise one of the largest economic engines in the U.S. Southeast.

As a proven leader in the maritime industry, Griff brings more than 30 years of operational and commercial experience to his role. He currently resides with his family in Savannah, Georgia.

U.S. North Pacific Ports

JULIANNA MARLER, Port of Vancouver USA

Julianna Marler was appointed CEO of the Port of Vancouver USA in January 2017. She joined the port in 2008 and prior to her appointment, served as the port’s Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Julianna is the first female CEO in the port’s 107-year history. Her diverse professional background includes both private and public sector experience in logistics, sales, manufacturing, and leadership in procurement, contracts, finance and administration.

Julianna initiated development of the port’s new Strategic Plan and has advanced key strategic initiatives including the port’s West Vancouver Freight Access Project, Terminal 1 Waterfront project, and the development of industrial properties including the port’s Centennial Industrial Park.

Julianna currently serves on the American Association of Port Authorities Board of Directors, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Association of Washington Business Board of Directors, the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Vancouver Rotary Club. Recipient of a 2018 Iris Award – an award honoring women of achievement in Southwest Washington – Julianna engages in ongoing activities to encourage and support women in leadership positions.

A native of Vancouver, Julianna attended Clark College and received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University Vancouver.

U.S. South Pacific Ports

GENE SEROKA, Port of Los Angeles

Gene Seroka is the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. Nominated by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 27, 2014 and confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council on June 11, 2014, the Port of Los Angeles has experienced historic, record-breaking performances since his appointment. At the outset of the COVID-19 global health crisis, Seroka led the Port of Los Angeles’ response to the pandemic, keeping cargo flowing as an essential service to the nation. In March 2020, he was named by Mayor Garcetti as Chief Logistics Officer for the City of Los Angeles. While maintaining his duties as the Port’s Executive Director, Seroka leads the Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LovLA) effort and has assembled an 20-member team to assist in getting critical health care and emergency supplies into the hands of those who need them most. As Executive Director, Seroka interacts with a wide range of stakeholders, including Port customers around the globe, industry partners, elected and appointed officials at all levels, business leaders and local residents. A respected global trade expert, Seroka has advocated for rules-based trade agreements that benefit American exporters and manufacturers.

As chief of America’s top port, he is responsible for managing a more than $1.6 billion budget, advancing major capital projects, growing trade volumes and promoting innovative, sustainable practices that strengthen the region’s economy. Under his direction, the Port has taken a leadership role in adopting cutting-edge technologies to improve the reliability, predictability and efficiency of the flow of cargo across global seaborne trade, including the launch of the digital information portal Port Optimizer™. While serving as Executive Director, Seroka has been appointed to serve on four federal committees to enhance the speed and efficiency of cargo movement and supply chain optimization, including the U.S. Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, U.S. Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Port Performance Freight Statistics Working Group, U.S. Maritime Administration Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee and Federal Maritime Commission Supply Chain Innovation Team. He currently serves as Chair of the California Association of Port Authorities.

Seroka brings more than 33 years of experience in shipping, global logistics and executive management. After several key overseas positions for American President Lines (APL) Limited, he returned to the U.S. in 2010 to become President – Americas for the shipping line in Phoenix where he managed APL’s Liner Shipping business, including 1,000 employees, and was responsible for all commercial, port terminal, intermodal, land transportation and labor activities throughout the region. Seroka joined APL in 1988 as a sales support representative in the company’s Cincinnati office after earning an MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. Over the years, he has held various positions in sales and management with increasing responsibility and high-level assignments all over the world. Throughout his career, he played a key role in global marketing and corporate strategies for APL.

Seroka’s first overseas posting was in Shanghai where he served as Director of Sales and Marketing for North and Central China from 1999 to 2003. He then moved to Jakarta where he was President Director of PT APL and APL Logistics in Indonesia for two years before relocating to Singapore in 2005 to become Vice President of APL Logistics’ business units in 26 countries in the company’s Asia/Middle East and South Asia regions. From 2008 to 2010, he served as Vice President for APL and APL Logistics Emirates LLC in Dubai where he managed APL’s business in the Middle East and East Africa Region.

Ports of Canada

SEAN HANRAHAN, St. John's Port Authority

Sean was appointed as President & CEO of the St. John’s Port Authority (SJPA) in July 1998. The SJPA is one of 17 Canada Port Authorities constituted under the Canada Marine Act. The port of St. John’s is the primary container port in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and is also the main service center for Eastern Canada’s offshore oil industry, which produces 30% of Canadian domestic crude oil. Prior to becoming the SJPA’s President & CEO, Sean was a practicing lawyer in St. John’s, Newfoundland (1990-1998), as well as a St. John’s City Councillor (1993-2001). As a volunteer, he has served as a member of the Board of Regents of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (1990-1996) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Maple Leafs Hockey Club (1993-1999), which is the American Hockey League franchise of the National Hockey League’s Toronto Maple Leafs.

Sean has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (1999-2009 and 2013-2017) and was the Chairman in 2007-2008 and Secretary/Treasurer in 2015. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of American Port Authorities (1999-2002, 2010-2011, 2013-2014 and 2018-2020) and served as Chairman of the Canadian delegation in 2019-2020.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (1986) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick (1989), during which time he was Associate Editor of the Law Journal. He was born, and resides, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and holds dual Canadian/Irish citizenship.

 
U.S. At Large Representatives

PAUL ANDERSON, Port Tampa Bay (Representing Gulf Ports Region)

Paul Anderson is a Former Federal Maritime Commissioner and joined Port Tampa Bay as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Port Tampa Bay, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman and re-nominated him for a second five year term. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises; a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

Anderson recently completed a second term as the Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves multiple national leadership positions including AAPA, Vice-Chairman of the Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC), the board of directors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, The Florida Aquarium, Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay EDC, and the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). He has also held numerous community leadership positions.

Anderson has lived in Florida for over 35 years and relocated with his family to Tampa, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C. Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

JOHN G. WOLFE, Northwest Seaport Alliance (Representing North Pacific Ports Region)

John Wolfe is chief executive officer of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He sets the organization’s vision and strategy, and guides the NWSA’s unique customer-focused culture.

Wolfe previously served as the CEO of the Port of Tacoma, a position he was named to in 2010. Prior to joining the Port of Tacoma, Wolfe served for two years as the executive director of the Port of Olympia, and before that as Olympia's director of operations and marine terminal general manager. Wolfe also spent 10 years with Maersk Sealand/APM Terminals in Tacoma, most recently as the terminal's operations manager.

He is on the boards of AAPA, Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, the Washington State Fair Board, Federal Maritime Commission’s Export Innovation Team and Maritime Innovation Advisory Council for the Department of Commerce. Wolfe is also an executive board member of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.

Wolfe earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University.