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Port of San Diego Announces Promotions Within Executive Leadership Group

The Port of San Diego announces three promotions within its Executive Leadership Group focused on improving and evolving the Port’s approach and execution of its many responsibilities on and around San Diego Bay – maritime, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship, and public safety.

The Port congratulates:

  • Job Nelson, Vice President of Strategy & Policy

Nelson oversees the Government & Civic Relations and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Departments. He also oversees Policy, Energy, and Strategic Planning for the Port. Nelson’s previous roles at the Port were Chief Policy Strategist, Assistant Vice President of External Relations, and Director of Government and Civic Relations. Before joining the Port, Nelson’s comprehensive experience in public affairs included heading up intergovernmental relations for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; serving as deputy chief of staff for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding; serving as a policy consultant to the California Senate Minority Leader; and serving as chief of staff for a San Diego City Councilperson.


  • Tracey Sandberg, Chief Technology Officer

Sandberg oversees the Information Technology Department. She formerly served as the Director of IT. In her more than 33 years of experience in information technology, Sandberg has led large IT operations teams across multiple industries including higher education, mortgage banking and automobile manufacturing. Her specialties include cloud strategy, IT finance and contract negotiation, infrastructure and enterprise carrier WAN, ITIL processes, and contact center strategy.


  • Cid Tesoro, Vice President of Facilities & Engineering

Tesoro oversees the General Services and Engineering/Construction Departments. He formerly served as the Port’s Assistant Vice President of Infrastructure, and before that as a manager of design and major maintenance. Prior to joining the Port of San Diego, Tesoro spent more than 28 years in the public sector developing a wide spectrum of projects and programs for the County of San Diego, Caltrans, and the County of Los Angeles. He has extensive experience with the development of comprehensive stormwater programs, transportation and facilities projects, and emergency response mitigation.

“Job, Tracey and Cid are all leaders in their areas of expertise and are key members of our Port team. In their new roles, I have no doubt they will rise to new challenges and will continue to demonstrate their commitment to supporting community, the environment and commerce on and around San Diego Bay,” said Port of San Diego President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Stuyvesant.

The Port’s Executive Leadership Group is led by three direct appointees of the Board of Port Commissioners – President and CEO Joe Stuyvesant, General Counsel Thomas Russell, and Port Auditor Mark Yeilding.

About THE Port of San Diego

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.