Harbor Commission Secretary
Port of Long Beach, California
Lori Ann Guzmán, Assistant City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach and former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach, is the Secretary of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach.
Guzmán is the 65th commissioner to serve the Port since the commission was formed in 1925, and is only the fifth woman to serve on the Board. Currently, the Board has four women serving simultaneously, the most in the Port’s history.
Guzmán was appointed to a six-year term in December 2013 by Mayor Bob Foster and elected President by her Board colleagues in 2015. During her tenure, she led the effort to revamp the Port’s Sponsorship Program, increasing sponsorships to underserved communities in Long Beach. She also championed efforts to increase diversity at the Port so it more closely reflects the demographics of the city it serves.
In September 2017, she was appointed to serve as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach after a seven-year tenure as Huntington Beach’s Chief Financial Officer. Guzman previously also served the City of Long Beach for five years, initially as City Controller, and later as the city's first woman to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Earlier in her career, she worked for the New York State Division of the Budget and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services overseeing $2 billion operating budgets for child protective, foster care and day care programs. She also worked as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Lomita, California.
A resident of Long Beach for 18 years in the 5th District, Guzmán has served as Treasurer for the Long Beach Transit Board — the agency that offers public transportation services for the City — and graduated from the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2000.
Guzman was honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 2016. She also received the “Mujer Del Año Award” for Leadership from the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2014. Her financial management skills have also resulted in numerous awards including the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers' "Innovation Award" for her plans to reduce pension-related unfunded liabilities and a nomination for “CFO of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal.
Recognized as a leader in municipal finance, she has been featured on Bloomberg News, ABC News, National Public Radio, the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register for her unique strategies to address local government challenges.
Guzmán received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a full academic fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Barnard College at Columbia University.
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 $180 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.