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Port Governmental Update and Legislative Climate

  • Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802


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Port Governmental Update and Legislative Climate

Presented by: 

Bianca Villanueva
Acting Director of Government Relations POLB

Bianca Villanueva is the Acting Director of Government Relations for the Port of Long Beach, California, reporting to the Deputy Executive Director of Administration & Operations. Appointed to the interim post in 2019, she is responsible for advising the Port’s Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors and the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port, on Port-related legislative issues and assisting in the formulation of the Port’s legislative agenda.

Ms. Villanueva is also the Port’s representative to federal, state and local governments. In this capacity, she oversees the activities of the Port’s legislative advocates in Sacramento and Washington.

She began her career at the Port in 2011 as a Government Relations Analyst, focused on city and regional issues, and, in 2016, was promoted to Government Relations Officer, focusing on state and federal legislation and advocacy.

Prior to joining the Port, Ms. Villanueva served as a Field Representative for then-State Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, covering San Pedro and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Earlier, she was a Field Deputy for the City of Long Beach’s 1st Council District, serving the constituents and businesses in downtown, West Long Beach and the Harbor District.

Ms. Villanueva holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.

Serving the community, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Conservation Corps of Long Beach.

Erick Martell
Legislative Representative, POLA

Erick Martell is the Legislative Representative for the Port of Los Angeles. Before his current position, Erick served as the Legislative & Transportation Director for Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, 14th District. The District includes Downtown Los Angeles, as well as Boyle Heights, El Sereno, Highland Park, and Eagle Rock. Erick worked on a broad range of issues and was the point person on matters relating to Los Angeles World Airports, Port of Los Angeles, Public Safety, Public Works, Budget & Finance, LAUSD, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Labor relations.

Erick also managed transportation issues for the Councilman, who served on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Agency Board of Directors (Metro). In this capacity, Erick was involved with a variety of significant transportation projects, including the Regional Connector, which will significantly improve the connectivity of the transportation network for the region and serve as an essential economic development tool for Downtown Los Angeles and LA County.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Registration: 11:30 a.m.

Program: 12 p.m. -1:30 p.m.

Location: Hotel Maya, 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

Cancellations must be received in writing 7 days prior to the event to receive a refund or to avoid being billed.Your payment for this event is not deductible as a contribution or gift under Federal Income Tax Laws, but is most likely deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.

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