Gene Seroka Among New Members to Offer Advice on Supply Chain Issues to Increasing U.S. Exports

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – April 11, 2016 – U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker has announced the appointment of Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka to the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (ACSCC).  Seroka is among 11 new appointees on the ACSCC committee that is tasked with advising the Secretary of Commerce, the Department of Transportation, and other U.S. agencies on supply chain issues that affect the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses. 

“I’m honored to represent the Port of Los Angeles and our stakeholders as we determine best practices to increase U.S. exports,” said Seroka. “Our work on supply chain optimization over the past year in the San Pedro Bay port complex will add valuable insights to this committee’s efforts.”

“These new Committee members are leaders in their fields and represent supply chain firms, associations, stakeholders, and community organizations,” Secretary Pritzker said. “Their advice, information, and recommendations in interagency discussions will be useful in our efforts to expand U.S. exports and strengthen our nation’s economy.” 

Jon Slangerup, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Long Beach, was also named to the panel. Other new members of the ACSCC include:

  • Jaqueline Faseler, Global Supply Chain Sustainability Director – The Dow Chemical Company – Midland, Mich.
  • Jonathan Gold, Vice President, Supply Chain and Customs Policy – National Retail Federation – Washington, D.C.
  • Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist – Moffat & Nichol – New York, N.Y.
  • Houston Mason, Director of Distribution – McCormick and Company – Hunt Valley, Md.
  • Elizabeth Ogard, President – Prime Focus – De Pere, Wis.
  • Bethann Rooney, Deputy Director of the Port Commerce Department – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey – New York, N.Y.
  • Yossi Sheffi, Director – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Transportation and Logistics – Cambridge, Mass.
  • Prem William, Vice President SCI Solutions and Operations – HAVI Global Solutions – Downers Grove, Ill.
  • Melzana Wilson, Vice President of Compliance – Mallory Alexander International Logistics – Memphis, Tenn.


The ACSCC, which now has 45 members, has provided Obama administration officials with a series of recommendations related to developing U.S. freight policy and plans.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. As North America’s leading seaport in terms by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $290 billion in trade during 2014. Port operations and commerce facilitate more than 148,000 jobs (about one in 12) in the City of Los Angeles and 531,000 jobs (or one in 16) in the five-county Southern California region. The San Pedro Bay Ports support more than 1 million California jobs and 3.1 million nationwide.