Director of Finance
Port of Long Beach, California
Maurina Lee is Director of the Finance Division in the Finance & Administration Bureau at the Port of Long Beach, California. She was appointed Controller and Assistant Director of Finance by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in March 2015, moved up to Acting Director the following November, and named Director in March 2016.
The Finance Division oversees an annual budget that is $829 million this fiscal year and is responsible for insuring that the Port is financially self-sustaining and fiscally strong. As Director, Ms. Lee leads and directs all financial operations of the Port with a staff of 27 and an operating budget of nearly $4.2 million. Operations include billings, collections, cash flow analysis, internal controls, general accounting, fixed asset management, cashiering, contract compliance, financial forecasting, planning and reporting, budget development SBE/VSBE program administration, and the Port’s annual financial report.
Before coming to the Port, Ms. Lee was Finance Manager for the City of Downey, California (2006-2015), where she supervised and managed a staff of nine professional, technical and clerical accounting personnel involved in payroll, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, business registration, cashiering, utility billing, emergency service billing and related work. She also assisted in the development and implementation of department goals, policies and priorities relating to budget and financial management, participated in the preparation of the City’s annual operating and capital improvement budget, established controls for new financial systems, and developed procedures to improve existing systems. She assisted in debt management and cash flow projection, coordinated with external auditors for annual financial audits, and prepared and submitted annual financial reports to various regulatory agencies.
Earlier in her career, she served as Senior Accountant (2004-2006) for the City of Bellflower, Calif., following six years service as an Accountant (1998-2004). Throughout her career, she has focused on the integration of new technology and programs that improve efficiency.
Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with emphasis in Accounting, from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., followed by a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
She is a member and former Chair (2008-2009) of the Central Los Angeles Chapter of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers and a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
Her family of four – including two teenage boys – makes its home in Fullerton, Calif.
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.