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San Diego, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Transportation & Logistics
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The San Diego Unified Port District (better known as the Port of San Diego) brings in cash from land and sea. The agency manages two marine cargo facilities, as well as a terminal used by cruise ships. Its real estate operations include leasing and managing land around the port ... Read more

Mission: While protecting the Tidelands Trust resources, the Port will balance economic benefits, community services, environmental stewardship, and public safety on behalf of the citizens of California.

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Port of San Diego – Why Work For Us?

Mission Statement

The San Diego Unified Port District will protect the Tidelands Trust resources by providing economic vitality and community benefit through a balanced approach to maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety.

Randa Coniglio

President/Chief Executive Officer

Randa Coniglio was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on June 11, 2015. She formerly served as Executive Vice President, Operations, providing corporate oversight over the Real Estate, Environmental & Land Use Management, Government & Civic Relations, Maritime and Marketing & Communications departments. She has been with the Port since April 2000, starting out in the Port’s Real Estate Operations Department. Prior to the Port, she spent eight years handling a local portfolio of commercial investment properties for a Japanese firm, and five years in retail leasing and development. Coniglio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

Thomas A. Russell

General Counsel

Thomas A. Russell was appointed General Counsel in September 2012. Prior to joining the Port of San Diego, he served for 10 years as General Counsel to the Port of Los Angeles and prior to that worked in private practice. He is a member of the American Association of Port Authorities Law Review Committee, served as chair of the American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Maritime Financing, and holds an "AV" peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell for achieving the highest standards of legal ethics and competence.  Russell is a contributing author to the national legal treatises Benedict on Admiralty and Moore's Federal Practice.  He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of Southern California's Law School. He clerked for Justice Robert Kingsley of the California Court of Appeals and received post-graduate training in dispute resolution at the Harvard Law School. Russell has been recognized for his work as General Counsel by the San Diego Business Journal and The Daily Transcript.

Robert  Monson

Port Auditor

Robert “Bob” Monson was appointed Port Auditor by the Board of Port Commissioners in February 2013. As Port Auditor, he assists the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the integrity of the Port’s financial statements, the Port’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and the effectiveness of the Port’s internal control system. The Port Auditor will further enhance the Port’s accountability and transparency. Monson has been with the Port since March 1993, starting out in the Port’s Audit, Risk Management and Safety Department as an auditor. He has served as the Port’s senior auditor for the past 12 years. Prior to joining the Port, he worked five years in the corporate audit department of Foodmaker, Inc. in San Diego. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in financial accounting from National University. Monson is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Government Auditing Professional. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Local Government Auditors, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Karen Porteous

Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer

Karen Porteous was appointed to the executive team in September 2011. In this position, she provides corporate oversight over the Human Resources, General Services, Procurement, Engineering/Construction, Office of the District Clerk and Harbor Police departments. She serves as the Port’s Chief Negotiator for employee labor negotiations. Porteous began her career at the Port in September 1995 in the Human Resources Department. Prior to her employment at the Port, Porteous spent more than 13 years working in the human resources field for private companies including H.J. Heinz Corporation and Raytheon Service Company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

John A. Bolduc

Vice President, Public Safety/Harbor Police Chief

John A. Bolduc has been with the organization since 2010. He served as Acting President and Chief Executive Officer from July 2014 until June 2015. In the Vice President role he oversees the Port of San Diego’s Harbor Police Department, Homeland Security and all port security aspects. Prior to that, he served in municipal policing for 23 years in Minnesota. He was the Police Chief for the cities of Brainerd and Mora spanning nearly 13 years. Bolduc holds a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in Minnesota and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from National University in San Diego. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has taught courses in leadership development and management.


Robert DeAngelis

Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Robert “Bob” DeAngelis was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. As Chief Financial Officer, he oversees the Port of San Diego’s Financial Services and Accounting and Business Information and Technology Services departments. Prior to joining the Port, DeAngelis served as Senior Vice President, Operations Reporting at Teleperformance, an international business provider of customer service and technical support. He was also the CFO for a Teleperformance subsidiary, served as Vice President of Finance for and worked for the accounting firm KPMG, all in the Philadelphia area. DeAngelis is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University.

Ellen F. Gross

Assistant General Counsel

Ellen Gross was appointed Assistant General Counsel in July 2013. She has been an attorney for over 22 years and a public sector attorney for over 15 years. Her expertise as a litigator was honed during her time as a Deputy Public Defender in San Diego County’s first Office of the Public Defender in which she was part of the first class of post-bar clerks hired by the office. She went on to private practice specializing in civil rights law and employment law. In 1997, Gross joined the Office of the City Attorney in the City of Chula Vista. In 2000, she was recruited by the San Diego Unified Port District’s Office of the Port Attorney as a Deputy Port Attorney III. Her areas of practice include labor and employment law, litigation, civil rights and law enforcement, municipal law, environmental law, first amendment, and land use. Gross has extensive knowledge of the District’s legal issues and has represented the District in numerous litigation matters administratively including matters before the Regional Water Quality Control Board, in state and federal court, as well as the Fourth District and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals. She worked extensively on the Port District’s ongoing anchoring regulations, and its recent vendor/performer ordinance. Gross graduated from U.C. Berkeley earning a degree in History. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego where she was lauded for her oral advocacy skills and her commitment to individual civil rights.

T. Scott Edwards

Vice President/Chief Operating Officer

T. Scott Edwards was appointed Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in October 2015. His background spans more than 30 years in leading organizations. In a previous position, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Cricket Communications. He has also held executive general management and corporate marketing positions with Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and Sony. Edwards began his career in the advertising business working at Leo Burnett Inc. in Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in Theology and Philosophy from Denison University. He oversees the Port’s Operating Division, including enterprise strategy and innovation, real estate development, land planning and green Port, as well as new business development.

Bella Heule

Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer

Heule was appointed Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer in December 2015. She was formerly Executive Vice President of World Trade Centers Association, holding that role beginning in 2012 after serving as President and CEO of World Trade Center San Diego for ten years. She held previous positions as an import/export manager for a Swiss automotive accessory company, as International Sales Representative and Export Manager for SNUGTOP, and as Executive VP of World Trade Center Association Los Angeles-Long Beach. She earned her degree at Neuchâtel Business College in Switzerland, and has achieved certification as a Global Logistics Specialist from Cal State Long Beach. Heule oversees the maritime trade, marketing and communications, and government relations functions, as well as other external relations.

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    "Incredibly Satisfying Place To Work!"

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    Dynamic, 21st century government agency with huge current influence and growth potential to make everything related to San Diego Bay better for everyone. The organization is investing in their people and we're all on the same page completing our vision and mission. It's possible to see the change we make on a daily basis while traversing the Tidelands and it's hugely empowering to be able to explain to people not familiar with the Port, just how important the Port is and how involved we are.


    Not very many! We're a bit bureaucratic at times and while we're able to be very responsive compared to most other government agencies, we do still get caught up in some government red tape from time to time. Trust me though, the cons are difficult to come up with.

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    Keep us going in the direction we're currently pointed. Things are looking up! Those of us who believe in this organization will march along right behind you and those who don't will move on to different organizations.

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    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Port of San Diego (San Diego, CA) in November 2016.


    It's a panel interview where you are given 30 minutes to answer 6 questions. You are given 5 minutes to answer each question. The 6th question is when you're able to ask them about the position.

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Port of San Diego Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Best Workplace for Commuters, Center for Urban Transportation Research, 2016
  • 2016 Citizen Diplomat Organization of the Year, San Diego Diplomacy Council, 2016
  • 2016 Woman of the Year Finalist (CEO Randa Coniglio), San Diego Magazine, 2016
  • 2016 Outstanding Environmental Analysis, San Diego- Association of Environmental Professionals, 2016
  • 2016 Public Works Project of the Year Award-Transportation, American Public Works Association – San Diego Chapter, 2016
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