Port of Long Beach, California
Bonnie Lowenthal, a former state Assemblywoman, Long Beach City Councilwoman and Vice Mayor and Long Beach Unified School District Board member, is a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-person governing body for the Port of Long Beach, California.
She is the 68th commissioner to serve the Port since the commission was formed in 1925, and is the eighth woman to serve on the board. Currently, the Board has four women serving, the most in the body’s history. Ms. Lowenthal was appointed in July 2017 by Mayor Robert Garcia.
Ms. Lowenthal has spent more than half her life in Long Beach, her adopted hometown, and has served the community as a licensed family counselor, mental health consultant and educator.
Her pre-political work is rooted in working with the local Cambodian community, beginning as Director of Planning for the United Cambodian Community in 1989. She also served as the arts manager representing a group of Cambodian musicians and began a Cambodian Children’s Orchestra. In 1991, Ms. Lowenthal traveled to Cambodia with a National Red Cross Group to investigate the proliferation of landmines following wars in the country. She also helped initiate a sister city relationship between Long Beach and Phnom Penh and was an official elections observer during Cambodia’s first municipal elections in more than 40 years. Ms. Lowenthal has also served as Clinical Director for the Cambodian Association of America and as a participant on the Cambodiatown advisory board.
In 1994, Ms. Lowenthal was elected to the first of two terms on the LBUSD Board of Education. She then won the First District City Council seat in a 2001 special election and was elected to full terms in 2002 and 2006 before being elected to the Assembly in 2008.
While a City Council member, Ms. Lowenthal was selected by her colleagues as Vice Mayor, in 2006. As a Councilwoman, she also served on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. During her time in the Assembly, Ms. Lowenthal chaired the Select Committee on Ports and Transportation, the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Joint Committee on Emergency Management, authoring laws to protect injured workers from unjust medical bills, cut the cost of prison healthcare and make it easier for older persons to stay in their homes.
For her service in the State Legislature, Lowenthal was named Legislator of the Year by the California Assisted Living Association, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Chiropractic Association.
She currently serves on the St. Mary’s Medical Center Governing Board, the U.S. Vets Advisory Board, the Children Today Board of Directors, the Linc Housing Board of Directors and the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Board of Directors.
Ms. Lowenthal earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s Degree in Community and Clinical Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Bonnie Lowenthal lives in the Carroll Park neighborhood with her longtime partner Evan Braude, an attorney and former Long Beach City Councilman. She has two adult children with her former husband, U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal, and four grandchildren.
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The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a leading gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. With 175 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports, the Port handles $180 billion in trade annually, supporting hundreds of thousands of Southern California jobs and 1.5 million jobs nationwide.
Industry leaders in 2017 named the Port of Long Beach the Best North American Seaport — the 19th time in the last 22 years — in recognition of the Port’s service, innovation and reliability. As the second-busiest seaport in North America, Long Beach is undergoing a decade-long capital improvement program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, building some of the most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities in the world.