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Port of Oakland names Danny Wan executive director

Danny Wan

Danny Wan, who has been the Port of Oakland’s interim executive director since July, on Thursday, Nov. 14 was appointed to that role on a permanent basis.

Wan has been the Port of Oakland’s attorney for six years and was the first openly gay member of Oakland’s City Council from 1996 to 2000. A resident of the city, he also represented Oakland and the neighboring cities of Alameda and San Leandro on the board of the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

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The Port of Oakland is a department of the City of Oakland and has three major business lines — the Oakland seaport, one of the largest container ports in the U.S., Oakland International Airport and real estate, including Jack London Square in downtown Oakland.

In an interview on the port’s website,  Wan said the seaport is doing very well, handling record volumes of cargo, and that the airport is growing steadily and the port is financially stable. The Port of Oakland handled a record 2.589 million containers in its fiscal year ending June 30. Through October of this year, it said overall volumes — imports, exports and empty containers — are at similar levels.

“However, we do have several challenges. Our expenses are still growing faster than our revenues. We need to plan ahead for an environment that may be not so stable. Our economy may be slowing down and we are in a situation where global trade is in flux. So we need to plan for that,” he said.

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