Port of Long Beach, California
Lou Anne Bynum is a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Board responsible for setting policy for the Port of Long Beach and managing the Harbor Department. She recently retired from a 20-year career at Long Beach City College, where she served as Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development since 2012.
Ms. Bynum is the 66th commissioner to serve the Port since the Commission was formed in 1925. She is the sixth woman to serve on the Board, and is now part of the first Board comprising a four-fifths female majority -- unprecedented in the industry. She was first appointed to the Commission by Mayor Bob Foster in May 2014 to fill a vacated seat and reappointed to her first full, six-year term by Mayor Robert Garcia in September 2015. Both times she was unanimously confirmed by the City Council. Ms. Bynum served as President of the Board from July 2017 to July 2018, following two terms as Vice President.
Together with her Commission colleagues, Ms. Bynum shepherds the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port’s history -- the largest in the nation. The Port is investing $4 billion in capital improvements this decade to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness. Capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Middle Harbor Terminal Redevelopment and other roadway, dock and rail improvements that are helping the Port operate more efficiently and sustainably.
A major economic engine for the City and the region, the Port of Long Beach supports more than 300,000 Southern California jobs, including 30,000 in Long Beach.
Besides working with various Commission sub-committees, Ms. Bynum also represents the Port on international trade missions and serves as the Board representative or alternate to a variety of port-related leadership organizations.
Ms. Bynum joined LBCC in 1997. She has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors linking education and training to business and industry needs – including Port-related partnerships – with focus on developing a well-trained workforce and providing businesses and industry opportunities to grow and create jobs.
These Port partnerships include support for trade development through past administration of the Long Beach International Trade Office for the City and the Port of Long Beach; workforce training in cybersecurity, alternative fuels training; and Harbor Trucking Association training for owners/operators of alternative-fuel trucks which includes Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) certification.
At LBCC, Ms. Bynum oversaw college advancement, economic development programs and workforce training, community and corporate education and training, federal and state grants and contracts, communications and public information, and special resource development projects on behalf of the College.
Under her leadership, LBCC brought in and administered more than $125 million in grants and contracts leading to a number of awards for the quality and success of the programs including: the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce International Achievement Award, the California Community College System’s award for Successful Industry Partnership, the California Association of Occupational Educators award for Business and Industry Partnerships, and a series of Knight Foundation and Verizon Foundation awards for faculty development and student support services.
Ms. Bynum has served as chair of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, vice-chair of the Long Beach Economic Development Commission, and president of the Southern California International Business Association. She was president of Leadership Long Beach and currently serves as a member of its Honorary Board of Governors. She also served on the boards of Gateway Cities Economic Development Partnership, the Public Corporation for the Arts, St. Mary Medical Center’s Hospital Advisory Board, the Long Beach Conservation Corps Advisory Committee, the Long Beach Community Action Partnership Board, Advisory Board for the Los Angeles County BizFed Institute and the National Education Advisory Council for the Cyber Innovation Center located in Louisiana.
Ms. Bynum is currently an executive committee member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board and is a current appointee by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was selected in 2004 as Woman of the Year by then-state Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal of the 54th District. In 2005, she was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's educational appointee to the Economic Strategy Panel for the State of California, which developed an overall statewide vision and strategy to guide public policy decisions for economic growth and competitiveness. She was awarded "Mujer Desarollo Económico" in 2010 by the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship "Impact Award for Administration" in 2012. She was awarded the 2013 "Excellence in Leadership Award" by the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators.
Ms. Bynum earned a master's degree in Applied Linguistics/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from UCLA, and a bachelor's degree in History from California State University, Long Beach.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. As the second-busiest container seaport in the United States, the Port handles trade valued at more than $194 billion annually and supports 1.4 million trade-related jobs cross the nation, including more than 300,000 in Southern California. Again named Best Green Seaport worldwide in 2018, the Port is committed to environmentally sustainable practices and policies that also improve operational efficiency. This includes an unprecedented $46.5 million Community Grants Program to lessen Port impacts on air quality, traffic, noise and water quality. Founded in 1911, the Port today encompasses 3,200 acres with 35 miles of waterfront, 10 piers, 80 berths and 66 gantry cranes. In 2017, the Port handled more than 7.5 million container units, the best year in its history.