The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners appointed Jean Banker as deputy executive director at a recent port board meeting. Banker, a port employee who was promoted from within the organization, is responsible for assisting the executive director in planning, developing, organizing and directing port activities
“Jean Banker brings significant experience to her new position as deputy executive director,” says Omar Benjamin, executive director. “She has been instrumental in moving our maritime strategic initiatives forward such as completing the precedent-setting 50-year Ports America Outer Harbor terminal lease, the renegotiation of the Evergreen terminal lease, and launching the capital planning for the port’s $90 million shorepower plan for cleaning the air.”
Banker has worked in public service and transportation policy for more than 20 years. In her prior position at the port, she managed the finance and administrative services for the Maritime Division since August 2007. Prior to working at the port, she worked for 13 years as deputy director of capital programs for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she assisted in getting approval of nearly $4 billion of Federal New Start funds for two of the MTA’s large expansion projects.