Executive Leadership Group

Randa Coniglio - President/Chief Executive Officer

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Randa Coniglio - President and Chief Executive OfficerRanda Coniglio was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on June 11, 2015. She formerly served as Executive Vice President, Operations, providing corporate oversight over the 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.

Thomas A. Russell - General Counsel

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Thomas A. RussellThomas A. Russell was appointed General Counsel 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. Russell has been recognized for his work as General Counsel by the San Diego Business Journal and The Daily Transcript.

Robert “Bob” Monson - Port Auditor

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Robert “Bob” Monson - Port AuditorRobert “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.

The President and Chief Executive Officer, General Counsel, and Port Auditor report to the Board of Port Commissioners.

Karen Porteous - Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer

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Karen Porteus - Executive Vice President, AdministrationKaren Porteous was appointed to the executive team in September 2011. In this position, she provides corporate oversight over the Human Resources, General Services, Procurement, Engineering/Construction, 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.

Mark G. Stainbrook - Vice President of Public Safety/Harbor Police Chief

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Chief Mark G. Stainbrook has been a Port employee for 6 years. Mark retired as a lieutenant from the Los Angeles Police Department, where he served in a variety of assignments including patrol, gangs, internal affairs, intelligence and counter-terrorism. Mark is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  In his second career, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 31 years of military service. 

Mark graduated with honors from California State University Long Beach with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Administration.  In 2007, Mark was a US-UK Fulbright Fellow at Leeds University in the Religious and Theology Department and was seconded to the West Yorkshire Police Force. 

Mark has worked with the U.S. State Department in Kenya, Chad, Nepal and India to train their police forces on counter-terrorism, criminal intelligence and community policing methods. Mark joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Fellow in June 2016. 

Robert “Bob” DeAngelis - Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

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Robert “Bob” DeAngelis – Chief Financial OfficerRobert “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.

Ellen F. Gross - Assistant General Counsel

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EllenGrossthumbEllen Gross was appointed Assistant General Counsel in July 2013. She has been an attorney for over 22 years and a public sector attorney for over 15 years. Her 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. She went on to private practice specializing in civil rights law and employment law. In 1997, Gross 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. Her areas of practice include labor and employment law, litigation, civil rights and law enforcement, municipal law, environmental law, first amendment, and land use. Gross 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. Gross graduated from U.C. Berkeley earning a degree in History. She 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.

Bella Heule - Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer

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bellaHeule was appointed Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in December 2015. She was formerly Executive Vice President of World Trade Centers Association, holding that role beginning in 2012 after serving as President and CEO of World Trade Center San Diego for ten years. She held previous positions as an import/export manager for a Swiss automotive accessory company, as International Sales Representative and Export Manager for SNUGTOP, and as Executive VP of World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach. She earned her degree at Neuchâtel Business College in Switzerland, and has achieved certification as a Global Logistics Specialist from Cal State Long Beach. Heule oversees the maritime trade, marketing and communications, and government relations functions, as well as other external relations.

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