Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs
Port of Long Beach, California
Richard D. “Rick” Cameron is the Managing Director of Planning and Environmental Affairs for the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in January 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port.
Mr. Cameron joined the Port in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist, was promoted to Manager of Environmental Planning and named Director of the newly-created Division of Environmental Planning in 2007 before being appointed Acting Managing Director in July 2013 during the retirement of 23-year Port veteran Dr. Robert Kanter.
As Managing Director, he oversees the Planning and Environmental Affairs Bureau that includes Environmental Planning, Master Planning and Transportation Planning.
As Director of Environmental Planning, he led the Division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. Under the Green Port Policy, the Division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices.
Early in his Port career, as an Environmental Specialist, he worked in the areas of water quality, air quality, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation. Prior experience included management of various environmental programs for the Port of Los Angeles and serving as a private consultant for other clients.
Mr. Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a resident of Manhattan Beach.
The Port of Long Beach is the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade, the nation's second-busiest container seaport and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship and sustainability. With annual trade valued at $155 billion, the Port supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and is "big ship ready," welcoming 4,000 ships annually and serving 140 shipping lines with connections to 217 international seaports. The Port began its second century of service with a decade-long capital improvements program topping $4 billion, the largest in the nation, creating some of the world's most modern, efficient and sustainable marine facilities.