Lou Anne Bynum
Commissioner, Port of Long Beach
Global Long Beach
Lou Anne Bynum is Secretary of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing board that sets policy for the city’s Harbor Department and oversees the Port of Long Beach. She recently retired from a 20-year career at Long Beach City College, where she served as Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development since 2012. Her focus was linking education and training to business and industry needs – including Port-related partnerships to develop a well-trained workforce.
With her Commission colleagues, Ms. Bynum shepherds the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port’s history, investing $4 billion this decade to modernize facilities, improve customer service, and increase competitiveness at the nation’s second busiest seaport. The capital projects include the nationally significant Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement, Long Beach Container Terminal redevelopment project, on-dock rail improvements, plus effective innovations and practices to clean and protect the environment at “The Green Port.” A major economic engine for the City and the region, the Port of Long Beach supports more than 300,000 Southern California jobs, including 30,000 in Long Beach.
Ms. Bynum is currently an executive committee member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Board and is a current appointee by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She was selected in 2004 as Woman of the Year by then-state Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal of the 54th District. In 2005, she was Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s educational appointee to the Economic Strategy Panel for the State of California, which developed an overall statewide vision and strategy to guide public policy decisions for economic growth and competitiveness. She was awarded “Mujer Desarollo Económico” in 2010 by the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and received the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship “Impact Award for Administration” in 2012. She was awarded the 2013 “Excellence in Leadership Award” by the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators.