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Port of San Diego's Lesley Nishihira Recognized as a 2024 Asian Pacific Islander Leader of Influence by the San Diego Business Journal

The Port of San Diego’s own Lesley Nishihira, Assistant Vice President of Planning, has been honored as a 2024 Asian Pacific Islander Leader of Influence by the San Diego Business Journal. This prestigious recognition celebrates Nishihira's exceptional leadership, dedication, and significant contributions to the community and the field of land use planning.

With a remarkable career spanning over 25 years, Nishihira is an integral part of the Port of San Diego. In her role as Assistant Vice President of Planning, she is responsible for managing master planning, environment and sustainability policy initiatives for land and water areas around San Diego Bay. Her expertise includes ensuring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the California Coastal Act, and managing notable regional projects such as the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan and San Diego Convention Center Phase III Expansion.

Currently, Nishihira is leading the widely acclaimed Port Master Plan Update, the first comprehensive update of the Port's master plan, which will set policy guidance for all future development along the waterfront. Her leadership and commitment to meaningful community engagement and transparency has greatly enhanced regional planning processes, leading to more positive outcomes for the region.

"Lesley Nishihira's recognition as a 2024 Asian Pacific Islander Leader of Influence is a testament to her exemplary leadership, expertise, and dedication to advancing sustainable development and community engagement," said Jason Giffen, Port of San Diego Vice President of Planning and Environment. "Her contributions have been instrumental in shaping the future of San Diego Bay and ensuring its environmental and economic vitality."

Nishihira's passion for her work, coupled with her strategic vision and collaborative approach, has earned her respect and admiration from colleagues and stakeholders alike. Please join the Port in congratulating Lesley Nishihira on this well-deserved honor and in celebrating her outstanding achievements as a leader in the Asian Pacific Islander community and beyond. 

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.