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Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos Named Latino Leader of Influence

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Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos Named Latino Leader of Influence
Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos

Port of San Diego Commissioner Rafael Castellanos has been named one of the Top 50 Latino Leaders of Influence 2022 by the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Commissioner Castellanos will be honored during a ceremony being held at The University Club in San Diego on October 11, 2022.

Commissioner Castellanos has served on the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners since 2013 as an appointee of the San Diego City Council. He served as Chairman in 2018 and is slated to serve as Chairman again in 2023. Additionally, Commissioner Castellanos is a partner with the law firm Solomon Minton Cardinal Doyle & Smith LLP, specializing in commercial real estate and business transactional law.

“I am humbled to join the 49 phenomenal Latino Leaders of Influence in raising awareness of the Hispanic/Latino community and its contributions to our region,” said Commissioner Castellanos. “Thank you to the San Diego Business Journal and the San Diego County Imperial Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for this recognition.”

A dedicated leader in building communities, Commissioner Castellanos has served on approximately 26 committees, boards, and forums during his tenure on the Board of Port Commissioners. He has served as Chairman of the Port’s Environmental Advisory Committee since 2014, he led the charge to approve the Port’s Climate Action Plan, and he has helped the Port plan for sea level rise. He has also represented the Board on the Barrio Logan Community Planning Group since 2015 and helped lead the pledge to provide emergency funding for households affected by air pollution resulting from the fire onboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in July 2020.

Commissioner Castellanos was very instrumental in launching the Port’s Blue Economy Incubator program, through which he championed developing partnerships with innovative businesses that could deliver multiple social, environmental, and economic benefits to the Port and the region. Other Port initiatives he helped lead include the adoption of the Port’s Maritime Clean Air Strategy, which aims to improve public health and air quality, particularly in underserved communities neighboring San Diego Bay, while also supporting efficient and modern maritime operations. The vision of the Maritime Clean Air Strategy is “Health Equity for All” reflecting the Port’s commitment to environmental justice.

Commissioner Castellanos is an advocate for minority and disadvantaged business owners. While he has been on the Board, the Port has become more inclusive and welcoming.

Outside of the Port, he currently serves with the San Diego Foundation’s Business Forum on Climate Change and sits on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

The Port of San Diego congratulates Commissioner Castellanos on being named a Latino Leader of Influence 2022.

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The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.