Brandy Christian

Port of New Orleans

President and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp. (NOPBR)

Brandy Christian is president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corp. (NOPBR). The two public agencies have combined revenues of $100 million, nearly 500 employees, and more than $200 million in capital projects. In her port role, Christian oversees all cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations. As chief executive of NOPBR, she sets the strategic direction and oversees all rail holdings. Before joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development. 

Sessions With Brandy Christian

Tuesday, 2 March

  • 04:20pm - 05:00pm (EST) / 02/mar/2021 09:20 pm - 02/mar/2021 10:00 pm

    General Session

    Building a Culture of Diversity in the Workplace

    Brandy D. Christian, president, and CEO of the Port of New Orleans and CEO of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad has a deep understanding of why and how a true commitment to diversity empowers the maritime industry and all businesses. Under her leadership, the Port of New Orleans has integrated diversity as a core value, beginning with the 2018 approval of the organization’s Master Plan. Payoffs include deeper engagement with employees and port partners, stronger innovation capabilities, and a capacity for avoiding groupthink and inflexibility. Before joining Port NOLA in 2015, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, ultimately serving as vice president of strategy and business development. She serves on multiple councils and advisory boards, including the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank Trade and Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council.