Director of Communications and Community Relations
Port of Long Beach, California
Kerry Gerot is the director of the Port’s Communications and Community Relations Division.
In this position, she oversees strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, community engagement and educational outreach efforts for the nation’s second-busiest container seaport, supervising a 16-person communications and community engagement team with an annual budget of more than $4.5 million.
Before her appointment in August 2017, Ms. Gerot was the Public Affairs Officer for the Long Beach City Manager’s Office, a position she held for almost three years.
Prior to her role with the City Manager’s Office, Ms. Gerot served in a similar capacity at the Long Beach Airport and held a variety of other positions as a media and marketing professional in the entertainment, music and publishing fields. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in professional writing, both from the University of Southern California.
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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.