May 4, 2023 — The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm Mayor Rex Richardson’s reappointment of Bonnie Lowenthal to the Board of Harbor Commissioners, which sets policy for the Port of Long Beach, the City’s Harbor Department.
Lowenthal, a former City Councilmember, also served in the California State Assembly and on the Long Beach Board of Education.
Lowenthal was first named to the Commission in July 2017 and has had terms as president, vice president and secretary. Harbor Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor to a maximum of two six-year terms.
An active leader in the Long Beach community for decades, Lowenthal is a licensed family counselor and mental health consultant. She served as vice mayor while on the City Council as the 1st District representative. She also chaired the Select Committee on Ports and Transportation Committee as an Assemblymember.
Lowenthal is the 68th Long Beach Harbor Commissioner since the current commission structure was formed in 1925.
The Port of Long Beach is a global leader in green port initiatives and top-notch customer service, moving cargo with reliability, speed and efficiency. As the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade, the Port handles trade valued at $200 billion annually and supports 2.6 million jobs across the United States, including 575,000 in Southern California. In 2022, industry leaders named it “The Best West Coast Seaport in North America” for the fourth consecutive year. During the next 10 years, the Port is planning $2.2 billion in capital improvements aimed at enhancing capacity, competitiveness and sustainability.