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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


Mike
McLaughlin
Lauren Gleason
Lauren
Gleason

Chair: Michael McLaughlin, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-3453
Vice Chair: Lauren Gleason, Massport, (617) 946-4411
Vice Chair: Andrew Dixon, Port Saint John, (506) 636-4021
Cruise Committee webpage 
Cruise Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Defense 

U.S. military operations, strategic ports

Chris Fisher
Chris
Fisher

Chair: Chris Fisher, Port of Beaumont, (409) 835-5367 x222
AAPA Staff Liaison: Jim Walker, (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

Amelia Pellegrin
Amelia
Pellegrin

Jason
Jordan

Charles
Liou

Chair: Amelia Pellegrin, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3301
Vice Chair: Jason Jordan, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, (253) 830-5321
Secretary: Charles Liou, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, (212) 435-4431
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


Christopher B.
Novack

Chair: Christopher B. Novack, P.E., Georgia Ports Authority, (912) 964-3922
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 


Robert
DeAngelis

Chair: Robert DeAngelis, Port of San Diego, (619) 686-6200
Vice Chair: Wonza Spann-Nicholas, Maryland Port Administration, (410) 385-4560
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 


Channing F.
Hayden, Jr.
Christopher "Kit" Chope

Chair: Channing F. Hayden, Jr., Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, (337) 493-3620
Vice Chair: Kit Chope, Port of Virginia, (757) 683-2152
AAPA Staff Liaison: Jim Walker, (703) 706-4715  
Harbors & Navigation Committee webpage
Harbors & Navigation Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Information Technology

Information technology, cybersecurity


Michelle R.
Thames
Ken Washington
Ken
Washington
Michael Fink
Michael
Fink

Chair: Michelle R. Thames, PortMiami, (305) 960-5452 
Vice Chair: Ken Washington, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 905-5100
2nd Vice Chair: Michael Fink, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, (215) 925-2615
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

Heather McCloskey

Chair: Heather McCloskey, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-3750 
Vice Chair: Michael Dees, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, (337) 493-3504
Vice Chair: Danny Wan, Port of Oakland, (510) 627-1212
AAPA Staff Liaison: Cary Davis, (703) 706-4703
Law Review Committee webpage
Law Review Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Maritime Economic Development

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

Amy Miller
Amy
Miller

Patrick
Robitaille

Joe
Cappel

Chair: Amy Miller, Port of Pensacola, (850) 436-5070 
Vice Chair: Patrick Robitaille, Québec Port Authority, (418) 648-4956
2nd Vice Chair: Joseph Cappel, PPM, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, (419) 243-8251
AAPA Staff Liaison: Aaron Ellis, (703) 706-4711  
Maritime Economic Development Committee webpage
Maritime Economic Development Committee roster (AAPA members only)

Public Relations

Media and public outreach, community programs, workforce education


Mélanie
Nadeau 

Robert
Morris

Renee
Aragon Dolese

Chair: Mélanie Nadeau, Montréal Port Authority, (514) 283-1385
Vice Chair: Robert Morris, Georgia Ports Authority, (912) 964-3855
2nd Vice Chair: Renee Aragon Dolese, Port of New Orleans, (504) 528-3363
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


Jill
Taylor

Mark
Dubina

Chair: Jill Taylor, Port of Los Angeles, (310) 732-7628 
Vice Chair: Mark Dubina, Port Tampa Bay, (813) 241-1893
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.


Gary G. Nelson

Chairman: Gary G. Nelson, Port of Grays Harbor, (360) 533-9530
AAPA Staff Liaison: Chris Connor, (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.


Gary G. Nelson

Chairman: Gary G. Nelson, Port of Grays Harbor(360) 533-9530
AAPA Staff Liaison: Chris Connor, (703) 684-5700  

Professional Development Board

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