Biography of David Libatique


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David Libatique


Deputy Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement 

David Libatique is the deputy executive director of stakeholder engagement for the Port of Los Angeles, a position that oversees and manages all communications on behalf of America’s Port® via the Community Relations, Media Relations, Government Affairs, Trade Development, and Labor Relations and Workforce Development Divisions. 

In this role, Libatique works with diverse stakeholders, including local communities, a dedicated and organized workforce, beneficial cargo owners, terminal operators, international customers, shipping and cruise lines, railroads, the trucking industry, media, and regulatory, environmental agencies to advance the Port’s goals and initiatives. He also interacts on a broader scale with an array of local, regional, statewide, and national elected officials and stakeholders. 

Libatique first joined the Port in January 2011 as senior director of government affairs, a role that augments the Port’s intergovernmental advocacy at a critical time of increasing engagement with local, regional, state, federal, and even transnational and international levels of government. 

Prior to joining the Port, Libatique served as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s director of energy policy, where he was responsible for advancing the Mayor’s environmental policies at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Before assuming that role, he served as the Mayor’s senior policy analyst, and acted as a liaison with the Port of Los Angeles, where he advanced the Mayor’s “Green Growth” policies, including the Clean Air Action Plan and Clean Truck Program. 

Before joining the Villaraigosa Administration, Libatique served as senior deputy for Councilmember Martin Ludlow, where he led policy development and legislative strategies to reform City of Los Angeles anti-gang efforts. 

Libatique has conducted extensive experience in economic research, including working as a research analyst at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. There, he was a part of Working Group VI of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health that analyzed the economic impact of investment in improved health outcomes for poor and middle-income countries. 

Libatique holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.