The Port of San Diego has a new commissioner.
Michael Zucchet was named to the seven-member panel, it was announced by the port district. Zucchet was sworn in on June 15. His first board meeting as commissioner was scheduled to be June 20, however he did not attend due to a personal matter.
The new commissioner, who represented San Diego’s District 2 on the City Council, reportedly has environmental economics, political and public affairs experience. Zucchet also serves as the general manager of San Diego Municipal Employees Association, a union representing union workers.
He was also a legislative and community affairs director with the San Diego City Firefighters and had worked for Unity Consumers’ Action Network.
Other prior experience includes working with a sector of the U.S. Department of Energy as a renewable energy economist and associating with Environmental Defense Center. Zucchet also was president of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters, chair of San Diego MADD Advisory, chair of San Diego city’s Municipal Golf Committee and member of the San Diego Business Aliance for Water, among other positions.
Zuchnet has degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., Business Economics) and Duke University (M.A., Environmental Economics and Policy).
Zucchet succeeds Bob Nelson, who recently stepped down from the dais.