Stakeholder Engagement Bureau

The Stakeholder Engagement Bureau, overseen by Deputy Executive Director David Libatique, includes the Community Relations, Labor Relations and Government Affairs, Media Relations and Strategic Communications, and Trade Development divisions.

Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

Arley Baker, Senior Director of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement

The Communications and Stakeholder Engagement group provides Department-wide support services in the areas of print and audiovisual production, as well as event production support.
Contact Communications and Stakeholder Engagement: (310) 732-3093

Community Relations Division

The Community Relations Division is responsible for outreach programs to engage community members, students, civic groups, business groups, and other stakeholder audiences throughout Southern California. The division manages Port- hosted and sponsored events, community outreach programs, educational programs, advertising, and marketing support activities.

Contact Community Relations: (310) 732-3508

Labor Relations and Government Affairs Division

The Labor Relations and Government Affairs Division engages and maintains positive relationships with labor unions and governmental entities at the local, regional, state, and federal levels, while also leading the Port's workforce development efforts. The division also supports and advocates for legislation and regulations that support the Port and its stakeholders.

Along with the Port’s Labor Relations and Government Affairs team, the Director of Strategic Initiatives plans and executes the Port’s priority federal, state and local advocacy initiatives. Priority areas of focus include sustainability and climate change, infrastructure investments, supply chain resilience, and international trade.

Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division

The Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division focuses on both traditional and digital media. The Port’s media team engages broadcast, print, and online media, including podcasts and digital news. In addition to hosting monthly cargo news briefings, media support includes responding to media inquiries, coordinating interviews, editorial submissions, tours, press conferences, and producing videos and photography. Management of the Port’s digital media content includes Port websites, official social media channels, digital subscriptions, newsletters and publications, livestreaming, and virtual events.

Trade Development Division

Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero, Director of Trade Development

Trade Development Division's mission is to connect U.S. businesses throughout America with overseas trade opportunities, particularly exports. With special attention to small- and medium-sized firms, the division helps to educate and connect businesses through hosting international workshops and export education programs, and outreaching with various private business associations and government agencies through the Port's Trade Connect Program.

Contact Trade Development: (310) 732-3870