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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Republican Elected President of Oakland Port Commissioners

We’re very proud to see Republican Darlene Ayers-Johnson elected to serve as President of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners. Below is a clip of the news release from the Commission:

OAKLAND, CA – The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners elected three new officers at the July 1, 2008 board meeting. The Port Board elected Commissioner Darlene Ayers-Johnson to serve as president of the board. Commissioner Victor Uno was elected to serve as 1st vice president and Commissioner Margaret Gordon was elected 2nd vice president. The Port Board will pass a resolution officially ratifying the election at the next board meeting July 15, 2008. Board members acknowledged outgoing President Anthony Batarse Jr. for his dedication to the board over the past 2007-08 fiscal year. Anthony Batarse Jr. is a very successful businessman who has graciously lent his expertise to the Port. Mr. Batarse was acknowledged for his leadership and recognized for donating a significant amount of time to building international relationships in furthering the Port of Oakland’s business ties overseas.

Commissioner Darlene Ayers-Johnson will replace Anthony Batarse Jr. as president of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, "I am genuinely pleased to accept this nomination. I view it as an opportunity to extend my service and past experience on the Port Board of Commissioners. It comes at a time when our port faces some rather unprecedented challenges to not only demonstrate our financial stability but to also transform our organization and operations in a way that will meet the expectations of a changing global economy and business climate. It also comes at a time when we have to collectively pull all of our resources together to work with our executive director and staff to strategically align the port to accomplish this."

President-elect Ayers-Johnson promised she would give her fullest and best efforts to her fellow commissioners and committed her full support to Port Executive Director Omar Benjamin, "… as he leads the Port organization forward and through this important period of change." Ayers-Johnson pledged to Port staff that she will make every effort to ensure that as commissioners, "… we carefully weigh each issue and commit to making decisions that will always be in the best interest of the port and the citizens of Oakland." President-elect Ayers-Johnson thanked her colleagues for their confidence and trust, "… and I will continue to always try to do my best. I truly appreciate this opportunity. Thank you."

In May 2007, Ms. Darlene Ayers-Johnson received a presidential appointment to the post of Senior Advisor to the Pacific Rim Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration, San Francisco, CA. In September 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ms. Ayers-Johnson to the California Commission on the Status of Women and she received Senate Confirmation in February, 2007. Darlene Ayers-Johnson is principal of her own consulting firm, and served from January 2004 to May 2007 as Executive Director of "Friends of Faith" Fancher, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings breast cancer awareness to the underserved community. The organization was founded by well-known television newsperson, Faith Fancher a pioneer for female journalists, and an untiring activist for women's health. Ms. Ayers-Johnson has also served as executive director of the California State Board of Control, which handles restitution to crime victims and torts claims against the state.

Additionally, President-elect Darlene Ayers-Johnson formerly served as Chief Deputy Director for the State of California's Department of General Services. She is a second generation Californian who has served in her community on various boards and commissions over the past 35 years. Ms. Ayers-Johnson has been awarded the National Association of Women Business Owners Award, the state of California Department of Vehicles' Woman of the Year Award and has been recognized numerous times for her dedication and service in civic activities in her community.

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