Harbor Commission President
Port of Long Beach, California
Tracy J. Egoscue, owner and founder of the Long Beach-based environmental law firm, the Egoscue Law Group, Inc., and former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California, is President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. She was elected to the post in July 2018 by her colleagues on the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach following a one-year term as Vice President. She was appointed to her first six-year term on the Board by Mayor Robert Garcia in September 2014 and unanimously confirmed by the Long Beach City Council. Under the City Charter, the Board is responsible for setting policy for the Port and managing the Harbor Department.
She is the seventh woman to serve the Port since the Commission was formed in 1925, and now part of a four-fifths female majority – unprecedented in the industry.
Together with her Commission colleagues Ms. Egoscue provides policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port of Long Beach's history. The Port is continuing with a $4 billion, 10-year investment program to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness for decades to come. The Capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Middle Harbor Container Terminal and other shipping terminal developments, roadway, dock and rail improvements, effective innovations to clean and protect the environment at “The Green Port,” and more.
All improvements include initiatives that support the landmark Green Port Policy adopted by the Commission in 2005 to create a sustainable Port for the benefit of future generations with improved air, water and soil quality, protected wildlife habitat and zero emissions from operations.
Besides working with various Commission sub-committees, Ms. Egoscue 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.
Ms. Egoscue has served as the Executive Officer of the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board-Los Angeles Region, and as Executive Director of the Santa Monica Baykeeper (now LA Waterkeeper), where she achieved one of the largest Clean Water Act settlements in the history of the Clean Water Act against the City of Los Angeles for sewage spills. This landmark $5 billion settlement led to an ambitious 10-year sewer pipe rehabilitation program.
Ms. Egoscue has also practiced environmental litigation as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, where her work focused on the defense of various state agencies including the Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Fish and Game, California Air Resources Board, Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and the State Water Resources Control Board.
Her legal experience includes endangered species, wetland impacts and mitigation issues, the California Environmental Quality Act, fisheries, the Clean Air Act, Porter-Cologne, and the Federal Clean Water Act.
Throughout her career, Ms. Egoscue has been appointed to serve on numerous agencies and Boards including the California Climate Action Registry by Governor Davis, the Technical Advisory Committee for the California Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response by the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Harbor Safety Committee for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbor Complex.
Ms. Egoscue has also served as a distinguished visiting scholar at California State University at Long Beach, teaching environmental policy and law.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California League of Conservation Voters, the Bay Foundation, and Mujeres de la Tierra.
Ms. Egoscue received her J.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is member of the State Bar of California and also licensed to practice in Connecticut, where she worked as a staff attorney for Save the Sound, a nonprofit committed to restoring and protecting the area's waterways.
Tracy Egoscue and her husband, Peter Dopulos – who is a professional chef, published author, and local artist – are deeply invested in Long Beach where they have made their home since 2001. They have a daughter and a son.
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.