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About the Port

About the Port

Port Officials

Senior Staff

Chris Lytle, Executive Director
Chris Lytle

Chris Lytle

Executive Director
(510) 627-1210

J. Christopher Lytle, Executive Director of the Port of Oakland, California, was named to the Port's top management position on July 22, 2013, by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, the Port's seven-member governing body.

Prior to assuming the position at the Port of Oakland, Mr. Lytle served as the Executive Director at the Port of Long Beach. A longtime shipping industry veteran, Mr. Lytle served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2008 to 2011 for the Port of Long Beach. He joined the Port in September 2006 as Managing Director of the Port's Trade Relations and Port Operations Bureau.

Before joining the Port, Mr. Lytle served as Vice President of West Coast Operations for the French-based shipping line CMA CGM, which has significant marine and terminal operations at the ports of Long Beach, Oakland and Seattle. Mr. Lytle has also held executive positions at P&O Ports North America, Denmark-based APM (Maersk) Terminals, and Sea-Land Service, Inc.

Mr. Lytle has been affiliated with several associations serving the maritime industry, including the Pacific Maritime Association, and the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, where he was on the Board of Directors. He also has served on the boards of the Steamship Association of Southern California, the Propeller Club of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Marine Exchange of Southern California, and was a member of the Executive Committee for the Center for International Trade and Transportation. He currently is on the board of the University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute. Also, he served as a trustee with the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, a charity organization.

Mr. Lytle holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Washington University. He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and has traveled extensively during his career in the maritime industry, including positions in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Lytle, his wife, Stephanie, and their three sons live in the Bay Area.

Arnel Atienza, Chief Audit Officer
Arnel Atienza

Arnel Atienza

Chief Audit Officer
(510) 627-1257

Arnel Atienza was appointed as the chief audit officer in October, 2006. As chief auditor, Mr. Atienza oversees the operation of the Office of Audit Services. He is responsible for all internal audits of the Port organization and reports to the Board. He works with all Port divisions, tenants and consultants to coordinate audit activities. Mr. Atienza joined the Port in 1994 as an associate auditor and was promoted to audit manager in 2004.

Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Atienza was a managing auditor for Clarence White in Richmond, CA, where he worked with the Big 6 accounting firms, and was senior staff auditor for SGV and Co. (an Arthur Andersen affiliate) in the Philippines. Mr. Atienza holds a master's degree in business administration from Cal State University East Bay, and a bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor. He is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the California Society of CPAs, the Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Airport Internal Auditors and Beta Gamma Sigma (CSU Honor Society).

John T. Betterton, Secretary of the Board
John Betterton

John T. Betterton

Secretary of the Board
(510) 627-1696

John T. Betterton was appointed secretary of the Board on February 19, 2002. Mr. Betterton is responsible for providing notices of all public meetings of the Board and its committees, compiling and publishing records of all actions taken by the Board and assuring that all bids for Port contracts are received on time and opened in public. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Betterton was an employee of the City of Oakland, where he served as deputy chief of staff to the city manager and as senior aide to Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. Mr. Betterton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Tennessee.

Jean Banker, Principal Assistant to Executive Director
Jean Banker

Jean Banker

Principal Assistant to Executive Director
(510) 627-1325

Jean Banker is the Port's Principal Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to this position Ms. Banker has served as the Port's Deputy Executive Director, Acting Maritime Director, and Manager of Finance and Administrative Services for the Maritime Division. She has been with the Port since August, 2007. Ms. Banker has worked in public service and transportation policy for the past 22 years. Prior to joining the Port, Ms. Banker worked for 13 years as Deputy Director of Capital Programs for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where she assisted in getting approval of nearly $4 billion of Federal New Start funds for two of the MTA's large expansion projects. Ms. Banker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Oakland with her husband and their two children.

Christopher Boucher, Director of Human Resources
Deborah Ale Flint

Christopher Boucher

Director of Human Resources
(510) 627-1202

Christopher Boucher was appointed as Director of Human Resources in July 2014. Mr. Boucher is responsible for the full range of human resources functions, including employee/labor relations, recruitment and selection, staffing, classification and compensation, benefits administration, organizational development, workers’ compensation, and equal employment opportunity. Mr. Boucher currently serves as the Vice President of the Northern California Chapter of the International Public Management Association – Human Resources (NCCIPMA-HR). Prior to joining the Port of Oakland, he has worked for public entities covering the areas of municipalities, public utilities, and higher education including the Contra Costa Water District, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, East Bay Municipal Utility District, Hayward Unified School District, University of California, and the City of Hayward. Mr. Boucher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, he obtained human resources management certificates from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and California State University, Hayward.

Chris Chan, Director/Chief Engineer
Chris Chan

Chris Chan

Director/Chief Engineer
(510) 627-1331

As the director/chief engineer, Mr. Chan oversees the Port of Oakland's Engineering Division, which consists of four departments: Project Design and Delivery – Aviation; Project Design and Delivery – Maritime; Engineering Services; and Utilities.

Mr. Chan joined the Port's Engineering Division in 1990 and is experienced in design, construction and project management for all three revenue divisions of Aviation, Maritime and Commercial Real Estate. Prior to his employment at the Port, Mr. Chan worked as an engineer with the Alameda County Public Works Department and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Mr. Chan is a registered professional civil engineer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (high honors) and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a board member of the Asian Employees Association (AEA) at the Port of Oakland and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.

Matt Davis, Governmental Affairs Director
Chris Chan

Matt Davis

Governmental Affairs Director
(510) 627-1430

Matt Davis was appointed Director of Governmental Affairs on April 23, 2015. He has been with Port of Oakland’s Governmental Affairs team serving in several leadership capacities since 2004 and is responsible for advocating Port development projects and policies across all Port divisions, securing funds for major initiatives, and serving as a liaison to elected and appointed officials at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining the Port, Mr. Davis served as a legislative aide to the former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. Before that, he worked on economic and workforce development initiatives for two non-profit agencies in Baltimore, MD, which included one year of service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. Mr. Davis received his Master in Public Policy degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, also from U.C. Berkeley.

John C. Driscoll, Maritime Director
John C. Driscoll

John C. Driscoll

Maritime Director
(510) 627-1243

John C. Driscoll was appointed director of maritime on January 23, 2014, where his responsibilities include building and growing maritime business through efficient operations, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Mr. Driscoll oversees the full range of maritime operations including administration, finance, customer service, planning and development, and seaport security. Prior to the Port, he recently served as the Vice President of Export Sales CMA CGM (America) LLC, a leading global container shipping group. Mr. Driscoll’s career spans more than 30 years within the international maritime industry, having worked for Sea-Land Service, Maersk Line and CMA CGM. He successfully led the expansion and development of the company’s interests in the Caribbean, Central America, and Northern South America, producing double-digit growth on average each year. Mr. Driscoll attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a B.S. in Business Management with an emphasis on Transportation and Marketing.

Pamela Kershaw, Director of Commercial Real Estate
Pamela Kershaw

Pamela Kershaw

Director of Commercial Real Estate
(510) 627-1168

Pamela Kershaw was appointed acting director of Commercial Real Estate in January of 2010 and was appointed director in May 2012. Ms. Kershaw is responsible for managing a diverse commercial real estate portfolio of over 100+ tenant agreements, generating approximately $12 million in annual revenue for the Port. The Commercial Real Estate Division property holdings are diverse and include the Jack London Square area; the Oak-to-Ninth District; the Embarcadero Cove area along the Oakland estuary; as well as several properties in the Oakland Airport Business Park and significant areas of public access and open space. Ms. Kershaw has over 20 years of experience working for various public agencies in the Bay Area in the field of land planning and development. She has been at the Port for the past 10 years, most recently in the position of commercial real estate manager. Ms. Kershaw has a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in public administration. Ms. Kershaw is also a member of various professional associations and community organizations including the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute; she is a past member of the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board in Oakland.

Sara Lee, Chief Financial Officer
Sara Lee

Sara Lee

Chief Financial Officer
(510) 627-1668

Ms. Sara Lee is the Port of Oakland's chief financial officer. Ms. Lee has over 15 years of investment banking experience, largely in public sector finance. Prior to working for the Port of Oakland, Ms. Lee was vice president, Public Sector and Infrastructure Finance Group, Investment Banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in San Francisco, CA. She joined the firm in 1998. Ms. Lee led the execution of transactions and was responsible for the quantitative analysis of more than $30 billion in municipal bond offerings, project financings and public-private partnerships. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Lee was with Paine Webber Incorporated (now UBS Investment Bank). She held the position of assistant vice president from 1997 to 1998, structuring municipal bond offerings for transportation and health care issuers in the U.S. 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.

Kristi McKenney, Acting Director of Aviation
Mike Zampa

Kristi McKenney

Acting Director of Aviation

Kristi McKenney was appointed Acting Director of Aviation in July 2015. As Acting Director, Kristi McKenney is the primary executive responsible for the operation, management and business development of Oakland International Airport.

Prior to her role as Acting Director of Aviation, Ms. McKenney was the Aviation Planning and Development Manager leading OAK's Capital Program, in which she managed and coordinated the planning, stakeholder engagement, design, financing and implementation of over $600 million in major Airport projects, including participation in issuance of revenue bonds.

Ms. McKenney holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Operations (Business minor) from San Jose State University. Ms. McKenney is a selected panelist on the Airport Cooperative Research Program; and serves on Airports Council International World Environment Committee and several Transportation Research Board Committees. A proud Oakland resident, Ms. McKenney is dedicated to leading the Airport to be the contemporary, convenient and reliable choice for savvy passengers traveling to and from the Bay Area.

Richard Sinkoff, Director of Environmental Programs and Planning
Richard Sinkoff

Richard Sinkoff

Director of Environmental Programs and Planning
(510) 627-1182

As director of Environmental Programs and Planning, Richard Sinkoff leads the Port's efforts to ensure the highest standards of regulatory compliance and environmental performance; improve responsiveness to environmental concerns raised by the community and Port customers; increase the Port's capacity to respond to emerging environmental regulations, policies and conditions; and promote the Port's strategic alignment efforts. Most recently, Mr. Sinkoff served as the Port's environmental manager. Prior to joining the Port of Oakland in 1992, Mr. Sinkoff worked as a city planning and environmental planning consultant for cities and counties throughout Northern and Southern California. Mr. Sinkoff received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude from Columbia University in New York City and his master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in land use planning and urban design. In 2006, Mr. Sinkoff completed his juris doctorate from Golden Gate University School of Law. Mr. Sinkoff is also a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese and German.

Amy Tharpe, Director of Social Responsibility
Amy Tharpe

Amy Tharpe

Director of Social Responsibility
(510) 627-1302

Amy Tharpe was appointed Director of the Social Responsibility Division (SRD) on March 14, 2013. She is responsible for partnering with the community and businesses to promote positive social and economic changes, and develop a social responsibility strategy that will add value to the Port's business development activities and to the communities in Oakland and throughout the region. Prior to being hired by the Port, Ms. Tharpe managed San Francisco's HOPE SF Initiative. In this role, she served as the city lead on programmatic aspects the initiative which included real estate development strategies, policy development, human capital/services program design, resource development, evaluation and communications. Prior to assuming that role, Ms. Tharpe served as the Director of Policy and Planning for the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing. Ms. Tharpe has also held positions with the Fannie Mae Foundation, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development of the District of Columbia as well as other civic and charitable organizations. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and her Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University.

Danny Wan, Port Attorney
Danny Wan

Danny Wan

Port Attorney
(510) 627-1340

Danny Wan was appointed Port Attorney by the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners effective Dec. 17, 2012. As Port Attorney, Danny Wan is responsible for advising the Port on a broad range of legal affairs that arise in the conduct of the Port's maritime, aviation, and commercial real estate businesses. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Wan was the City Attorney and Risk Manager for the City of Morgan Hill and served as part of the City's executive management team. He advised the Morgan Hill City Council on all aspects of municipal law, including open meeting laws, ethics, employment law and infrastructure financing and contracting. From 2004-2008, Mr. Wan served as Deputy Port Attorney with the Port of Oakland, being primarily responsible for land use, environmental regulatory compliance, City Charter compliance and inter-agency agreements. Prior to that position, Mr. Wan was an Oakland City Councilmember and he also worked in private law practice, specializing in municipal financing and securities disclosure.

Mike Zampa, Communications Director
Mike Zampa

Mike Zampa

Communications Director
(510) 627-1565

Mike Zampa was appointed Director of Communications in September 2014. He is responsible for internal and external communications including media outreach, public relations, and strategic and crisis communications. These programs are aimed at increasing positive awareness and understanding of the Port, its projects, and policies. Mr. Zampa has more than 25 years of communications experience including eight years within the maritime sector. He worked previously for container shipping line APL and its Singapore-based parent company, NOL Group. Before APL, Mr. Zampa was the Senior Vice President of Communications Services at Bank of America overseeing Internal Communications, Media Relations, and Marketing Communications where he managed all internal communications during one of the largest U.S. financial services mergers in history, Bank of America and Nation's Bank. He began his career in journalism and worked as Managing Editor of the Contra Costa Times newspaper. He has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore and Jakarta.