Port of Long Beach, California
Rich Dines, a Marine Clerk with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), brings more than 15 years of experience on the waterfront to his position as a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach, California. He was appointed to a six-year term in July 2011 by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster and unanimously confirmed by the City Council.
Together with his Commission colleagues Mr. Dines has provided policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port of Long Beach’s history. The Port has embarked on a $4 billion, 10-year investment program to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness for decades to come. These capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, shipping terminal redevelopments, roadway, dock and rail improvements, environmental improvements and more.
As a Commissioner, Mr. Dines has been actively involved with long-range efforts to improve efficiency and productivity at the Port. Among other projects, he chairs the Harbor Commission’s Port Productivity Committee, which identifies and studies industry-leading practices to increase efficiency and productivity. He has provided strong leadership in efforts to increase collaboration among business groups, labor organizations and government agencies to advance Port-related issues.
Mr. Dines is also a passionate champion for the use of alternative energy at the Port. Under his recommendation and direction, the Port of Long Beach adopted a groundbreaking energy policy in 2013 that calls for the development and increased use of alternative energy sources over electricity and fossil fuels. With this new energy policy in place, the Port will continue to improve air quality while building a more sustainable and energy-independent infrastructure.
Mr. Dines began working as a longshoreman in 1997 and became a member of the ILWU in 2000. In 2007 he was elected President of the ILWU Southern California District Council, which coordinates regional political and legislative activities. He served several terms as a member of the Executive Board and Political Action Committee for ILWU Local 13.
Active in the community, Mr. Dines sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for the California State University, Long Beach Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT). He has served on the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network board of directors and the Advisory Board of the International Trade Academy (ITA) at Banning High School in Wilmington, California.
Mr. Dines is an avid scuba diver and former diving instructor, and is also a licensed Southern California real estate agent. He and his wife live in Long Beach’s Fifth District.
Under the Long Beach City Charter, the Board of Harbor Commissioners is responsible for setting policy for the Port and managing the Harbor Department. Commissioners can serve a maximum of two, six-year terms.
The Port of Long Beach is one of the world’s premier seaports, a primary gateway for trans-Pacific trade and a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety and environmental stewardship. With 140 shipping lines connecting Long Beach to 217 seaports worldwide, the Port handles trade valued at $155 billion each year and supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Southern California.