Labor leader at helm as Airport bounces back from COVID, seaport surges

The Port of Oakland’s governing Board has given Andreas Cluver a second term as President. The seven-member Oakland Board of Port Commissioners unanimously selected the East Bay labor leader at a special meeting last week.

Mr. Cluver begins a second one-year term next month after first gaining the presidency in July 2020. Commissioner Barbara Leslie will remain as First Vice President and Commissioner Yui Hay Lee will remain as Second Vice President for a second term. Their re-elections signal stability at the Port as it re-emerges from the global coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m gratified to have the support of my colleagues for another year as President,” Mr. Cluver said. “We’ve got lots of unfinished business and I’m fortunate to be working with the Board and a talented Port of Oakland staff.”

Mr. Cluver, Secretary-Treasurer of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County, joined the Board in February 2016. In his first term as President, he provided policy guidance as the Port began its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Highlights of his tenure have included:

A record-breaking containerized cargo surge at the Port of Oakland;

Reopening of domestic air routes at Oakland International Airport following the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown; and

Full-scale exploration of future Airport modernization including the possibility of adding a new passenger terminal.

The Board of Port Commissioners provides policy direction and oversight to the Port’s Executive Director and staff. Oakland City Council members appoint Commissioners based on nominations from the Mayor of Oakland.