The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners this week promoted Richard D. Cameron to Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning for the City of Long Beach Harbor Department, in charge of advancing the Port of Long Beach’s industry-leading Green Port Policy.
Cameron has been serving as Acting Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning since July 2013, when then-Managing Director Robert Kanter retired. At the time he assumed those acting duties, Cameron was the Port’s Director of Environmental Planning, a role he held since 2007. He originally joined the Harbor Department in 1996 as an environmental specialist. There are four managing director positions at the Harbor Department reporting directly to the executive director and deputy executive director.
Cameron will oversee a bureau that includes 41 budgeted full-time positions of the Environmental Planning, Transportation Planning and Master Planning divisions.
“Rick Cameron has been very instrumental in designing and building the signature programs that have made the Port of Long Beach a leader in environmental stewardship,” said Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond. “He’s the right choice to help us make this Port even greener.”
The Harbor Department’s Environmental Affairs and Planning Bureau is tasked with improving the environment in and around the Port of Long Beach. The Bureau is responsible for analyzing proposed construction, obtaining funding for transportation improvements, studying job creation and economic impacts, advancing clean technologies and making sure land uses are consistent with the Coastal Act. Under the Green Port Policy, the Bureau coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices.
Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.