Port of Long Beach, California
Lori Ann Guzmán, Assistant City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach and former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach, is a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach.
Ms. Guzmán is the 65th commissioner to serve the Port since the commission was formed in 1925, the fifth woman, and now part of a four-fifths female majority – unprecedented in the industry.
She was appointed to a six-year term in December 2013 by Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed unanimously by the City Council, later serving two one-year terms as President and one term as Secretary of the Board. During her presidency, she led the effort to revamp the Port’s Sponsorship Program, broadening the reach of sponsorships to community organizations all across Long Beach. She also led efforts to establish a new policy of “capital resiliency,” in which the Harbor Department routinely prioritizes its capital projects. This way the Port always knows which are the most important to continue to pursue in the event of a restriction of funding.
Besides working with various Commission sub-committees, Ms. Guzmán 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.
She served as Huntington Beach Director of Finance from December 2010 until being named to her current post in September 2017. She previously was with the City of Long Beach for nearly five years, initially as City Controller, and subsequently as Chief Financial Officer. She was the first Latina City Controller, and the first female CFO for Long Beach.
Earlier in her career, she worked with the New York State Division of the Budget and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, overseeing $2 billion operating budgets. She also served as Financial Advisor at Citigroup, and as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Lomita, California.
As a resident of Long Beach for 18 years in the 5th District, Ms. Guzmán has served as Treasurer for the Long Beach Transit Board – the agency that offers public transportation services for the city – and participated in the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2000.
For her efforts to end discrimination, she was honored by the Long Beach Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with its prestigious Zelma A. Lipscomb Award. She also received the coveted “Woman of Distinction” award from 100 Black Men of Long Beach and the “Mujer Del Año Award” from the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Her financial management skills have resulted in numerous awards including the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ “Innovation Award” for her plans to reduce pension-related unfunded liabilities and a nomination for “CFO of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal.
She has been featured on Bloomberg News, ABC News and National Public Radio for her strategies to address local government challenges.
Ms. Guzmán received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College at Columbia University.
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 $180 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.