lori ann guzmán


Lori Ann Guzmán announced Tuesday that she will step off the Long Beach Harbor Commission to concentrate on her new job — city manager of Costa Mesa.

Guzmán is near the end of her first six-year term on the commission. She would have been eligible for reappointment to a second term.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the Port of Long Beach for the past nearly six years, and I’ll look back with pride on the amazing progress we’ve made,” Guzmán said in the release announcing her departure. “We’ve been through one of the port’s most challenging periods, and I feel strongly that this organization is well-positioned to thrive in an industry that is dramatically changing. Although I’d love to continue my service to the port, my new position requires my undivided time and attention.”

Guzmán was appointed to the commission in December 2013. She has been working as assistant city manager of Huntington Beach. Before that, she was Long Beach's chief financial officer.

Guzmán led efforts to improve the port’s community sponsorship program and served as board president when the landmark $46 million Community Grants Program was adopted. She was the fifth woman to be appointed to Long Beach's Harbor Commission, and most recently has been part of a historic four-fifths female majority on the board.

“Commissioner Guzmán’s service on the Board of Harbor Commissioners has been immensely productive, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her in my current position at the Port and in my previous role with the Federal Maritime Commission,” Port Executive Director Mario Cordero said. “I’ll miss her leadership here in Long Beach, and I wish her great success in Costa Mesa. We thank her for her service.”

Guzmán will continue to serve until a replacement has been appointed. Mayor Robert Garcia makes that appointment, with the City Council's approval.

—Harry Saltzgaver

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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