May 16, 2022 — Port of San Diego President and CEO Joe Stuyvesant has appointed Anthony Evangelista as the Port’s new chief of staff and Elba Gomez as the new vice president of administration/chief administrative officer.
“As a dynamic leader, Tony specializes in managing teams, coordinating with stakeholders, building coalitions, and cultivating top to bottom organizational consensus. Elba is exceptionally qualified with extensive experience in human resources, finance, and IT,” said Port President and CEO Joe Stuyvesant. “They will both be wonderful assets as we continue to provide economic vitality and community benefit to the region through maritime, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship, and public safety on and around San Diego Bay.”
Evangelista joined the Port on May 16 and will coordinate on many Port-wide projects while focusing on the wellbeing and success of Port staff. He most recently served as director of Total Force Management at Navy Region Southwest. In his more than four decades of public service, he has worked around the world including in Italy and Germany, with combat service in Grenada, Beirut, and the First Gulf War. Evangelista has been recognized with numerous military and civilian awards, and holds a bachelor’s degree in management from combined coursework at St. Leo and American Military Universities.
Gomez began her post on May 3 and leads the Port’s Human Resources, Information Technology, and People and Organizational Development departments. Her impressive resume includes serving as Madera County’s director of human resources and chief negotiator with 13 employee organizations, overseeing all human resources functions for over 30 county departments, as well as serving as secretary to the Civil Service Commission. She has also worked in IT and IS services management for non-profit organizations and has brought this knowledge to the public sector. Gomez holds a master’s degree in human resources management from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in business technical management from DeVry University.