CORONADO – The Port of San Diego welcomed Garry Bonelli to the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners during a swearing-in ceremony held at the port’s administration building earlier this month.
“I am pleased to welcome Commissioner Gary Bonelli to the Board of Port Commissioners, where he will continue the exemplary leadership of Admiral Lou Smith as the City of Coronado’s representative in our stewardship of San Diego Bay,” said Chair Ann Moore of the Board of Port Commissioners.
Bonelli, a retired Navy SEAL and Rear Admiral, ended his 45 years of active and reserve service in 2013 at the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado. He provided the vision and leadership for a 9,000-person worldwide maritime special operations force and directed a $1 billion enterprise.
“Port Commissioner Bonelli brings a unique skill set to the board with command experience in the SEAL community, along with public policy leadership and a distinguished civilian professional career,” Chair Moore said.
Bonelli’s professional career spanned corporate, military and public policy development. He has served as an executive staff member of the San Diego Association of Governments, vice president of communication and vice president of military affairs for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
He also helped to create the 1987 and 2004 communications programs that resulted in the extension of Transnet, a $14 billion countywide sales tax for transportation.