Finance and Administration



Frank Liu, Director of Accounting

Accounting Division is responsible for maintaining the financial records of the Port, financial reporting and analysis, administration of financial accounting activities, such as validating and processing ledgers, administration of petty cash, and the recording and analysis of financial transactions, as well as maintaining a system of internal controls to safeguard Port assets.
Contact Accounting: (310) 732-3710

Contracts and Purchasing

Tricia Carey, Director of Contracts and Purchasing

Contracts and Purchasing Division provides a fair, objective selection process for all the Port's agreements and procurement opportunities. The division actively seeks the participation of all qualified vendors, consultants and contractors in the Port’s contracting processes and is available to assist Port staff involved in contractor selection, administration, and monitoring. It is the role of the Contracts and Purchasing Division to perform its duties in conformance with all Department/City policies and procedures, while adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

Contact Contracts and Purchasing: (310) 732-3890

Debt and Treasury Management

Soheila Sajadian, Director of Debt and Treasury Management

Debt and Treasury Management Division manages the Department’s cash resources, including investment portfolios of restricted cash balances, and short-term cash forecasting. The division is also responsible for issuing and servicing bonded debt, administering the Commercial Paper Program, custodianship of security instruments held as deposit, and administering loans.
Contact Debt and Treasury Management: (310) 732-3711

Financial Management

Jeffrey Strafford, Director of Financial Management

Financial Management Division controls the Department's annual budget and is responsible for all functions related to financial analysis and credit/collections. Financial analysis involves lease negotiations, lease price structures, rate of return and performance analyses; preparation of the long-term financial/business model used in strategic business planning and financing decisions; and independent financial analyses as requested. Credit/collection involves obtaining timely payments of funds owed to the Port pursuant to various leases/contracts, assessing the credit quality of prospective and existing customers, and making recommendations on establishment, expansion or curtailment of credit.
Contact Financial Management: (310) 732-3431

Human Resources

Tish Lorenzana, Director of Human Resources

Human Resources Division is responsible for providing personnel-related services including the selection, retention, and development of a diverse workforce. Since most Los Angeles Harbor Department staff members are represented by labor organizations, this division represents the Department in communications with these organizations, reviews and makes recommendations regarding salary and benefit changes, and assists in resolving grievances and disciplinary matters. Human Resources is also responsible for logistics support including mail delivery, records retention and pool car coordination.
Contact Human Resources: (310) 732-3480

Internal Management Audit

Jim Olds, Departmental Audit Manager

Internal Management Audit Division is responsible for the examination and evaluation of Port operating and internal control procedures to ensure effectiveness in achieving the objectives of the Los Angeles Harbor Department.
Contact Internal Management Audit: (310) 732-3562

Risk Management

Jennifer Bersales, Director of Risk Management

Risk Management Division plans, directs, and coordinates Los Angeles Harbor Department insurance programs to control risk and loss. This includes the classification of risk, measurement of financial impacts of said risk, selection of techniques to manage loss, negotiations of insurance coverage and implementation of safety and loss prevention programs.
Contact Risk Management: (310) 732-3758