Acting Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs
Port of Long Beach, California
Heather Tomley is Acting Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Port of Long Beach, California, and leads the Port’s Environmental Planning, Master Planning and Transportation Planning Divisions.
Ms. Tomley was named to the post in 2018 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Long Beach Harbor Department and the Port. Before this appointment, she had served as Director of the Port’s Environmental Planning Division since 2014.
She joined the Port in 2005 as an Environmental Planning Associate, was promoted to Environmental Specialist and then Senior Environmental Specialist in 2006 and Assistant Director in 2008 before being named Director.
As Director of Environmental Planning, she led the Division most directly responsible for the Port's signature environmental programs, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), helping to develop the Plan’s 2017 update. Under the 2005 Green Port Policy, a landmark industry initiative, the the division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices. Due to the effectiveness of these programs, total diesel emissions at the Port have dramatically dropped by 88 percent since 2005, and native wildlife is making a comeback.
As Assistant Director, Ms. Tomley managed the Port's air quality and water quality improvement programs and co-wrote the 2006 San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan and its 2010 update. She implemented a variety of CAAP programs including developing and implementing the Technology Advancement Program (TAP), developing the Vessel Main Engine Fuel Incentive Program, and designing the Port's Air Quality Monitoring Program. In addition, she assisted with development of the Clean Trucks Program and the annual Port-wide Emissions Inventory. She also provided oversight and development of the Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP) for the San Pedro Bay Ports.
Before coming to Long Beach, she served as a Project Scientist with SCS Engineers (2004-2005) following five years (1999 to 2004) as an Air Quality Specialist for the San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Air Pollution Control District, where she received two staff recognition awards for her work.
Ms. Tomley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (1994) and a minor degree in Psychology (1993) from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Science degree (1999) in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.