Jason H. Giffen was appointed Assistant Vice President of Planning and Green Port in January 2016 and oversees the Aquaculture & Blue Tech, Energy, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection and Planning teams/departments. He formerly served as Director of Environmental & Land Use Management. Giffen’s extensive experience prior to joining the Port includes leading environmental and land use initiatives for the counties of San Luis Obispo and San Diego. He volunteers on the Institute for Local Government's Panel of Advisors for Public Outreach and serves on the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference Board of Directors. Giffen earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business marketing and foreign language & cultures from Mercyhurst University, and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. In 2018, he received executive education in Sustainability Leadership through Harvard University's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment.
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