MARISELA CARABALLO DIRUGGIERO
DIRECTOR OF TRADE DEVELOPMENT
Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero is the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. Appointed to this position in 2019, she directs the Trade Development Division, ensuring that the Port fulfills its mission to connect U.S. businesses with overseas trade opportunities—particularly exports—to encourage increased trade through the Port. Her portfolio includes oversight of Trade Connect, the Port’s educational trade outreach program tailored to small-and medium-sized businesses interested in export markets.
With more than two decades of experience in public policy development, issues management and legislative advocacy, Caraballo DiRuggiero is also responsible for outreach to professional associations and government agencies to promote specialized business opportunities in key commodity areas, with an emphasis on export cargo.
Additionally, Caraballo DiRuggiero oversees the function of intergovernmental relations with foreign governments, advancing the Port’s influence on expanding trade markets, and is the Port’s point person to the international diplomatic community. She has purposefully advanced the Port’s influence on the world stage by negotiating many sister port agreements promoting trade, environmental stewardship, infrastructure development, supply chain efficiencies, and increased security protocols.
Previously, Caraballo DiRuggiero served as the Port’s Director of Legislative Affairs, where her focus was on legislative policy. Her achievements include securing more than $350 million in government funding for Port infrastructure projects in areas of transportation, security, environment and dredging. Prior to joining the Port in 2002, she worked for a Member of the U.S. Congress, a California State Senator, and a real estate development company.
In addition to her responsibilities at the Port, Caraballo DiRuggiero serves on the boards of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce California Regional Chapter, Loyola Marymount University Center for International Business Education Advisory Council, and the California Fashion Association. She is a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club.
As a cum laude graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Caraballo DiRuggiero earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Spanish literature. She also attended a prestigious scholars program at Oxford University, Queens College.