Wayne Darbeau - President/CEO
Wayne Darbeau was appointed President/CEO of the Port of San Diego by the Board of Port Commissioners in December 2010. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Port’s interim President/CEO. Darbeau has been with the organization since 1998 and has held key leadership positions, including Vice President of Administration. He serves as the President of the California Association of Port Authorities and is on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Port Authorities. Darbeau earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in international relations from the University of San Diego and a master’s in business administration from the University of Redlands.
Thomas A. Russell - Port Attorney
Thomas A. Russell was appointed Port Attorney in September 2012. Prior to joining the Port of San Diego, he served for 10 years as General Counsel to the Port of Los Angeles and prior to that worked in private practice. He is a member of the American Association of Port Authorities Law Review Committee, served as chair of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Maritime Financing, and holds an "AV" peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the highest standards of legal ethics and competence. Russell is a contributing author to the national legal treatises Benedict on Admiralty and Moore's Federal Practice. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of Southern California's Law School. He clerked for Justice Robert Kingsley of the California Court of Appeals and received post-graduate training in dispute resolution at the Harvard Law School.
The President and Chief Executive Officer and the Port Attorney report to the Board of Port Commissioners.
Randa Coniglio - Executive Vice President, Operations
Randa Coniglio was appointed Executive Vice President, Operations in September 2011. As Executive Vice President, Operations, she provides corporate oversight over the Engineering/Construction, Real Estate, Environmental & Land Use Management, Government & Civic Relations, Maritime and Marketing & Communications departments. She has been with the Port since April 2000, starting out in the Port’s Real Estate Operations Department. Prior to the Port, she spent eight years handling a local portfolio of commercial investment properties for a Japanese firm, and five years in retail leasing and development. Coniglio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
Karen Porteous - Executive Vice President, Administration
Karen Porteous was appointed Executive Vice President, Administration in September 2011. In this position, she provides corporate oversight over the Human Resources, General Services & Procurement, Office of the District Clerk and Harbor Police departments. She serves as the Port’s chief negotiator for employee labor negotiations. Porteous began her career at the Port in September 1995 in the Human Resources Department. Prior to her employment at the Port, Porteous spent more than 13 years working in the human resources field for private companies including H.J. Heinz Corporation and Raytheon Service Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Robert “Bob” Monson - Port Auditor
Robert “Bob” Monson was appointed Port Auditor by the Board of Port Commissioners in February 2013. As Port Auditor, he assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the integrity of the Port’s financial statements, the Port’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and the effectiveness of the Port’s internal control system. The Port Auditor will further enhance the Port’s accountability and transparency. Monson has been with the Port since March 1993, starting out in the Port’s Audit, Risk Management and Safety Department as an auditor. He has served as the Port’s senior auditor for the past 12 years. Prior to joining the Port, he worked five years in the corporate audit department of Foodmaker, Inc. in San Diego. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in financial accounting from National University. Monson is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Government Auditing Professional. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Local Government Auditors, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Robert “Bob” DeAngelis - Chief Financial Officer
Robert “Bob” DeAngelis was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees the Port of San Diego’s Financial Services and Accounting and Business Information and Technology Services departments. Prior to joining the Port, DeAngelis served as Senior Vice President, Operations Reporting at Teleperformance, an international business provider of customer service and technical support. He was also the CFO for a Teleperformance subsidiary, served as Vice President of Finance for Dexpo.com and worked for the accounting firm KPMG, all in the Philadelphia area. DeAngelis is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University.
Chief John A. Bolduc - Vice President, Public Safety
Chief John Bolduc was appointed the Vice President of Public Safety in July 2011. In this role he oversees the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police Department, Homeland Security and all port security aspects. Bolduc was hired as the Port’s Chief of Harbor Police in May 2010. Prior to that, he served in municipal policing for 23 years in Minnesota. He was the Police Chief for the cities of Brainerd and Mora spanning nearly 13 years. He also served in patrol, investigations, training and tactical operations in the Twin Cities area. Chief Bolduc holds a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Brandy D. Christian - Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Brandy Christian was appointed Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, for the Port of San Diego in December 2010. In this position, she oversees the Maritime, Government & Civic Relations and Marketing & Communications Departments. Her core responsibility is executive leadership of the strategic and business planning efforts of the organization. In this role she oversees strategy development, business planning, cruise development, maritime import and export opportunities, marketing, communications and governmental relations. Christian began her career at the Port in October 2000 in the Executive Offices as the Public/Tenant Liaison. Prior to joining the Port, she was a management consultant with KPMG Consulting (BearingPoint). While there, she consulted with public agencies on information systems implementation and strategic planning. Christian also has experience in government relations, having worked with organizations such as the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Fleishman-Hillard Inc. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Christian is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and serves as a state-level examiner for the California Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award (CAPE).
Ellen F. Gross - Assistant Port Attorney
Ellen Gross was appointed Assistant Port Attorney in July 2013. She has been an attorney for over 22 years and a public sector attorney for over 15 years. Ellen’s expertise as a litigator was honed during her time as a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County’s first Office of the Public Defender in which she was part of the first class of post-bar clerks hired by the office. Ellen went on to private practice specializing in civil rights law and employment law. In 1997, Ellen joined the Office of the City Attorney in the City of Chula Vista. In 2000, she was recruited by the San Diego Unified Port District’s Office of the Port Attorney as a Deputy Port Attorney III. Ellen’s areas of practice include labor and employment law, litigation, civil rights and law enforcement, municipal law, environmental law, first amendment, and land use. Ellen has extensive knowledge of the District’s legal issues and has represented the District in numerous litigation matters administratively including matters before the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in state and federal court, as well as the Fourth District and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. She worked extensively on the Port District’s ongoing anchoring regulations, and its recent vendor/performer ordinance. She has been the Acting Assistant Port Attorney for the past six months. Ellen graduated from U.C. Berkeley earning a degree in History. Ellen obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego where she was lauded for her oral advocacy skills and her commitment to individual civil rights.