Oakland Port: First African American Female Board Sec


Port of Oakland Commissioners have announced that Daria Edgerly will transition from Acting Secretary of the Board to be the first African American and female to take the full position of governance.

Edgerly will start her role as Secretary of the Board by providing notices of all the Board’s public meetings, compiling and publishing records of all its actions and will assure that all bids for port contracts are received on time and opened in public.

“I'm gratified that Commissioners have given me this opportunity,” said Edgerly, an Oakland native and Cal State University, East Bay graduate. “I'm pleased that women of color are given the opportunity to advance at the port.”

Oakland's city charter created the Board of Port Commissioners in 1927.

The seven-member board sets policy for the Port and oversees port operations.

Edgerly succeeds John Betterton who retired after two decades as the Port's Board Secretary.

She previously worked for the City of Oakland.

Read more: Port of Oakland has reported its largest September containerized import volume after it increased by 12.6% last month

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