SAN PEDRO, Calif. - Sept. 20th, 2017 - The Los Angeles City Council today confirmed long-time Wilmington community advocate Lucia Moreno-Linares to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. Moreno-Linares, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, replaces Patricia Castellanos, who recently stepped down to focus on a new career opportunity.

“The interests of surrounding neighborhoods should be at the center of every discussion about the operations and future of our Port — that’s why we need people like Lucia Moreno-Linares at the decision-making table,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Lucia has spent her life fighting for the residents and businesses of Wilmington, and she will be an excellent addition to the Harbor Commission.”

Lucia Moreno-Linares and her family have been model citizens of Wilmington, the Harbor Area and Los Angeles for an entire generation,” said Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino. “She has spent an entire career expanding financial literacy and education in Wilmington as a CEO of a credit union. She is a woman of service, respected by her peers and I am proud to support Mayor Garcetti’s nomination of Lucia for the Harbor Board of Commissioners. Today we ensure that all Harbor Area residents have a voice in the decision-making process.”

Moreno-Linares began her career at the Family Federal Credit Union (FCU) in Wilmington in 1983, an institution focused on serving the community, particularly individuals and small businesses. She became operations manager in 1987 and worked her way up to CEO in 1992. In September 2016, Family FCU merged with Self-Help Federal Credit Union, where she is now serves as branch manager. Self-Help FCU has more than $680 million in assets and more than 80,000 members.  She is also currently a member of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the YMCA Board of Directors.

Previously Moreno-Linares served on the Harbor Watts Economic Development Corporation, the Wilmington Senior Citizen Center Task Force, the L.A. County Small Business Commission and the L.A. Harbor Area Planning Commission. She also founded Wilmington Business Watch and Vecinos Unidos Neighborhood Watch.

Born in Baja California Sur, Mexico, Moreno-Linares immigrated with her family to Wilmington in 1971. She is married to Heriberto F. Linares and together they have two adult children.

A long-time Wilmington resident and community advocate, Moreno-Linares has represented the Wilmington community and its concerns to the Port of Los Angeles and its Board many times over the years.

Her first Harbor Commission meeting will be Friday, October 6.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovatively strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $272 billion in trade during 2016.  San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.