The Port is governed by a seven member Board of Port Commissioners; one commissioner is appointed by each of the city councils of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, and three commissioners are appointed by the San Diego City Council. The Board establishes policies under which the Port's staff— supervised by the President and Chief Executive Officer— conducts its daily operations.
Rafael Castellanos - Chairman
Rafael Castellanos was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on April 15, 2013, to represent the City of San Diego. He is the chair of the Port's Environmental Advisory Committee. Rafael is also a partner with the law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP in San Diego, where he specializes in commercial real estate and business transactional law. His professional affiliations include service on the Board of Directors of MANA de San Diego, the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Rafael is a member of the California State Bar Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Mexican American Business and Professional Association, and the San Diego Foundation’s Business Forum on Climate Change. He was named one of the San Diego Daily Transcript's Top Young Attorneys in 2008, and in 2011 was named one of San Diego Metro Magazine's 20 Men Who Impact San Diego. Rafael graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and he earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School as a Cornerstone Scholar.
Garry J. Bonelli - Vice Chairman
Garry J. Bonelli was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on January 3, 2014, to represent the City of Coronado. A retired Navy SEAL and Rear Admiral, Bonelli culminated 45 years of active and reserve service in 2013 at the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command headquartered in Coronado. From his command, he provided the vision and leadership for a 9,000-person worldwide maritime special operations force and directed a $1 billion enterprise. Bonelli’s concurrent civilian professional career spanned corporate, military and public policy development. He has served the region as an executive staff member of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and as vice president of communications and vice president of military affairs for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Bonelli helped create both the 1987 and 2004 communications programs that garnered voter approval and a subsequent extension of TransNet, a multibillion countywide sales tax for transportation. Bonelli holds a master of science degree in mass communications from San Diego State University.
Ann Moore - Secretary
Ann Moore was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on Jan. 13, 2011, to represent the City of Chula Vista. She is a senior partner in the law firm of Norton Moore & Adams. Before joining the firm, Moore served as Chula Vista's City Attorney. She has practiced law for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in land use, real estate, redevelopment, environmental, and municipal law. She represents both developers and governmental agencies in processing land use entitlements for large scale residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Her areas of expertise include the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Subdivision Map Act, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, Endangered Species Act, public infrastructure financing, the Brown Act, and Conflict of Interest laws. Moore graduated from San Diego State University with a Public Administration degree and she earned her law degree at the University of San Diego law school.
Dan Malcolm was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on January 5, 2011 to represent the City of Imperial Beach. President and CEO of Malcolm Properties, he has extensive experience in the field of commercial real estate brokerage, investment, finance and commercial property development. Commissioner Malcolm has previously served on numerous public and private boards including the Imperial Beach City Council, San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board, South County Economic Development Council, SANDAG and as Chairman of Sweetwater High School District Bond Oversight Committee. He has also served as Chairman of Sharp Coronado Hospital, as a Director on the master board of Sharp Healthcare. Commissioner Malcolm holds an undergraduate degree in real estate finance from San Diego State University and a law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Marshall Merrifield was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on April 15, 2013, to represent the City of San Diego. Merrifield serves as President/CEO and majority shareholder for Bluewave Security, which manufactures high-tech equipment for video and door-access surveillance. He previously was President/CEO and majority shareholder for the security company General Lock and Clark Security Products, the largest privately held security hardware business in the United States, until 2010. His past business affiliations have involved industries ranging from animation to investment banking. Merrifield cofounded Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad and has been a Board Member for the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA in Encinitas and for former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders' Economic Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the Campaign to End Homelessness' leadership team. Merrifield graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Robert “Dukie” Valderrama
Robert “Dukie” Valderrama was sworn in to represent the City of National City in January 2005. He is retired from the construction industry. He was the owner of A-D&D Drywall, Inc. and West Coast Scaffolding, Inc. Commissioner Valderrama has served on numerous public and private boards including the San Diego County Water Board, San Diego Bowl Game Association, Southwestern College Foundation Board, South County Economic Development Committee, Artisans Insurance Ltd. and Chairman of the Risk Control Committee, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors, Chairman of the California Construction Council, Chairman of the ABC San Diego Drywall Residential Insurance Council and Chairman of the National City Chamber of Commerce.
Michael Zucchet was sworn in to the Board of Port Commissioners on June 15, 2017, to represent the City of San Diego. Since 2009, he has served as General Manager of the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, the City of San Diego's largest employee union. Zucchet served as City Councilmember for San Diego's Second District from 2002 to 2005 and as Deputy Mayor in 2005. Mike has also worked as government affairs director for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Union; as vice president of real estate for the J. Peter Block Companies; and as a renewable energy economist with the U.S. Department of Energy. He currently serves as Boardmember for the Center on Policy Initiatives San Diego and as Trustee/Secretary for the San Diego City Employees Retiree Medical Trust. Zucchet has degrees in business economics and environmental studies from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in environmental economics from Duke University.