Harbor Commission Secretary
Port of Long Beach, California
Frank Colonna, named to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 2017, is a 3rd District resident and has been a real estate professional and business owner in Long Beach for more than 30 years. He was also elected to two terms as a member of the City Council, two of those years as Vice Mayor, and is currently a member of the City’s Economic Development Commission. He was elected as Secretary of the Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 2018.
Mr. Colonna was appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia to the five-member Commission that manages the City’s Harbor Department and oversees the Port of Long Beach, and unanimously confirmed by the City Council as the 69th appointee to the Board since the current Commission was established in 1925.
The Commission provides policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port of Long Beach’s history. Continuing with a $4-billion, 10-year investment program, capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Middle Harbor Container Terminal and other terminal developments, roadway, dock and rail improvements, effective innovations to clean and protect the environment at “The Green Port,” and more.
Besides working with various Commission sub-committees, Mr. Colonna also represents the Port on national and international trade missions and serves as the board representative or alternate to a variety of Port-related leadership organizations.
Before entering public service, Mr. Colonna began his own successful Real Estate business and served eight years as the President of the Belmont Shore Business Association.
He was elected to serve the citizens of Long Beach as a Councilmember for the 3rd District in 1998 and reelected to a second term in July 2002, serving as Vice Mayor from July 2002 to July 2004. Within the City of Long Beach, he was also Chair of the Federal Legislation and Environmental Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of both the Personnel and Civil Service Committee and the Tidelands and Harbor Committee.
He has also served in top leadership roles with the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, the Governing Board of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) and was the COG Special Liaison to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and Co-chair of their Interstate 710 Freeway Oversight Policy Committee. In 2006, Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams selected Mr. Colonna to serve as Chair of the Central Cities Council of the National League of Cities.
Mr. Colonna was born in Chicago, moved to Long Beach at age 11, and attended St. Anthony’s Elementary and High School. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received his Master’s degree in Environmental Health from California State University, Northridge. After graduation, he joined the military where he honorably served as 1st Lieutenant in the California Army National Guard.
He and his wife, Michelle, have been married for 49 years and have three adult children – a son, Jeremy, and two daughters, Megan and Laurel.
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.