Director of Labor Relations and Workforce Development
Avin Sharma is the director of labor relations and workforce development for the Port of Los Angeles. He was appointed director of this newly created division in October 2017. He joined the Port after having served in President Barack Obama’s Administration. While in the Obama Administration, he was The White House liaison and counselor to U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. Prior to that position, he was the economics director in the Presidential Personnel Office at The White House, and also previously served at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Obama Administration, he was a litigation attorney in private practice.
In his new role at the Port, Sharma is responsible for engaging and maintaining positive relationships with labor unions, such as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He is also leading the Port’s efforts to develop projects that support workforce development in the goods movement sector across Southern California.
Sharma attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned bachelors of art degrees in business economics and political science. After completing his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he earned his juris doctor and soon after was admitted to the State Bar of California.