Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., served as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles for the past 8 years, retiring February 1, 2014. While she was CEO of North America’s largest container port, she focused on setting the port’s strategic direction to grow port business while addressing increased competition due to industry consolidation and shifts in world trade patterns. She was instrumental in creating and implementing an aggressive Clear Air Plan that cleared the way for major new developments at the West Coast’s largest international trade hub that had international ramifications as ports worldwide sought to replicate it.
Prior to her appointment as the Los Angeles Port CEO, she was Managing Director of the Port of Long Beach, with her combined experience at both ports totaling 37 years. Knatz is a former Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities and Immediate Past-President of the International Association of Port Authorities. She remains active in global port associations and in civic affairs.
She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and School of Public Policy where she teaches courses in environmental engineering and seaport policy and management. She has been appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Governor Brown to the California Ocean Protection Council. She is also a Director of Bank of the West.
Dr. Knatz earned two degrees from the University of Southern California: a doctorate in biological science and a Master of Science in environmental engineering. She also holds an earned a B.S. in zoology from Rutgers University. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Maine Maritime Academy.