Mario Cordero

Port of Long Beach

Executive Director

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, 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, Cordero reports to the Board and leads the Port’s Harbor Department staff in excess of 500 with an annual budget of $775 million. Cordero has practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in workers’ compensation cases. He holds a law degree from the University of Santa Clara, and a Bachelor of Science in political science from California State University, Long Beach. He taught political science at Long Beach City College, served on the City of Long Beach Community Development Commission, and was vice chair of the Long Beach Ethics Task Force.

Sessions With Mario Cordero

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 09:30am - 10:15am (EST) / 01/mar/2022 05:30 pm - 01/mar/2022 06:15 pm

    Los Angeles-Long Beach and a Vision for the Future

    As the largest US port complex handling 50 percent of total US containerized imports from Asia, Los Angeles-Long Beach is the nation’s laboratory for designing solutions to the supply-chain bottlenecks facing major gateways. Those bottlenecks include vessel bunching, congested marine terminals, a buildup of empty containers, chassis shortages, truck-capacity challenges, rail service issues, and warehouses filled beyond capacity. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have worked with their supply chain partners this past year to spread out vessel calls to prevent the ships from queuing up in the harbor and contributing to terminal congestion. They have encouraged terminal operators to extend their gate hours, and they proposed fees to incentivize retailers to vacate their long-dwelling containers that contribute to port congestion. The Southern California ports have taken a leading role in establishing near-dock yards for the temporary storage of containers. Will these programs continue throughout 2022, and will the ports and their supply chain partners step forward with even more creative programs if these measures are not sufficient? The executive directors of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will present their vision of what the future holds for their gateway and, by extension, other ports across the country.