Port Commission

Willie Adams, President
Kimberly Brandon, Vice President
Leslie Katz
Doreen Woo Ho
Eleni Kounalakis


Willie Adams, President

WillieAdams2014Commissioner Willie Adams was appointed to the Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in July 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Adams served on the San Francisco Film Commission. He served as Vice President of the Port Commission in 2014 and 2015. He is the current President of the Port Commission.

Mr. Adams is the International Secretary-Treasurer of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) in San Francisco where he has resided since 2003. He has a long and proud history with the ILWU. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. Adams moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1978 where he worked on the docks as a longshoreman for 24 years. In 1998 he was elected by co-workers to serve on their local union Executive Board, and then chosen in 2000 to serve on the union’s International Executive Board. Mr. Adams was also elected to serve as one of three Trustees who oversee the ILWU’s finances.

In addition to his fiscal and legislative responsibilities, Mr. Adams has been a passionate cultural advocate. He produced the “Celebrations of Black History and Labor” programs in Tacoma in 1991, 1992 and 1993, and again in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005. The events featured leading cultural and political figures including Danny Glover, Paul Robeson, Jr., Yolanda King (Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter), hip-hop icon Chuck D, and Betty Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X). The programs received national attention and critical acclaim.

Mr. Adams is also executive producer of several documentary films, including one exploring the life of African American writer Langston Hughes, “Hughes’ Dream Harlem,” and “The Black Composers,” which tells the story of African American film score composers. Mr. Adams is currently involved with a full-length dramatic film exploring the life of labor leader Harry Bridges.

In 2003, ILWU members elected Mr. Adams to serve as their International Secretary-Treasurer at the union headquarters in San Francisco, where he has responsibility for the organization’s finances, oversees the union’s political action work, and represents the union at international functions. Mr. Adams has represented the ILWU during visits with workers in South Africa, Australia, Spain, Cuba, Vietnam and China. In addition to his union duties, he serves on the Board of TransAfrica, where he works closely with Board Chairman Danny Glover and Board member Harry Belafonte.

Commissioner Adams' term expires in May 2018.


Kimberly Brandon, Vice President

KimBrandon2014Commissioner Kimberly Brandon was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission by Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. in August 1997. She was elected President of the Port Commission in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2011 and served as Vice President in 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.  Ms. Brandon is a native San Franciscan who has dedicated a career to social justice and economic empowerment. She is the current Vice President of the Port Commission.

She is the first African-American woman to serve on the San Francisco Port Commission. The Port Commission oversees seven and one half miles of the most expensive real estate in the country that includes maritime, commercial and retail developments. Amongst its tenants are AT&T Park, the Ferry Building and Fisherman’s Wharf.  Ms. Brandon has been actively involved in the Port's city-wide community outreach efforts. She is responsible for spearheading the Southern Waterfront Advisory Committee (SWAC), so that the communities in the Southeast portion of San Francisco would be included in the Port's plans for development of the Southern Waterfront.  Ms. Brandon also has promoted diversity in staff hiring and contracting to ensure that the Port is representative of the City and County of San Francisco.

Ms. Brandon has mapped a flourishing career in the field of financial services. Currently she serves as Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley, where she oversees a portfolio of assets of high net worth individuals, foundations, endowments and public entities. Ms. Brandon joined the firm from the Private Bank at Bank of America in San Francisco as a Private Client Manager.  While at Bank of America, Ms. Brandon provided strategic investment management advice to ultra high net-worth individuals, foundations and endowments.  Prior to joining the Private Bank at Bank of America, Ms. Brandon spent 13 years with Wells Fargo Bank working with high net-worth individuals.

Ms. Brandon is a graduate of San Francisco State University. She has completed Cannon Financials Certified Wealth Strategist Mastery Program and holds the National Association of Securities Dealers Series 7 and 66 licenses.

She also spends numerous hours serving the community on various nonprofit boards and is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of African Diaspora and an active board member of PACT, Inc., the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA and The Young Scholars Program. She is a member of the San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Inc. and a founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter's Honorary Committee.  She also serves on the San Francisco State University College of Business Development Council.

Commissioner Brandon’s term expires in May 2017.


Leslie Katz, Commissioner

LeslieKatz2014Commissioner Leslie Katz was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in March 2011. She served as President of the Port Commission in 2014 and 2015.

She currently has her own consulting firm focusing on strategy and external affairs. Throughout her professional career, Ms. Katz has served as an elected official, attorney, executive, advocate, and non-profit and advisory board member with success in designing strategies, policies, and legislation to meet corporate and community needs. She has a proven track record in law, government and public affairs, communication, business development, fundraising, strategy, management, marketing, regulatory and legal issues with Fortune 500 firms, government and entrepreneurial businesses.

Ms. Katz served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1996 to 2001. She represented the citizens of San Francisco in the legislative branch of the City’s government, serving as Chair and/or Vice Chair of numerous committees including Transportation / Land Use; Audit and Government Efficiency; Health, Family and Environment; and Economic Development, Transportation and Technology; Chair, Transportation Authority, Finance Committee, and Member, Health Services Board.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors she has drafted and passed information technology legislation including the cable internet access ordinance, information technology zoning ordinance, and San Francisco’s technology procurement policy. Ms. Katz convened Health, Multimedia and New Technology Summits, and successfully introduced groundbreaking legislation in areas of technology, environment, economic development, human rights and labor, including the Equal Benefits Ordinance, the Integrated Pest Management Program, the Bicycle Transit Enhancement Plan, the Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Program, protection of street trees, and removal of the Central Freeway.

Ms. Katz serves on the boards of numerous community and non-profit organizations including the Victory Campaign Board, Equality California Institute, and New Leaders Council. She is a graduate of Leadership America and Leadership California.

Ms. Katz holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hastings College of the Law, University of California and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Commissioner Katz's term expires in May 2018.


Doreen Woo Ho, Commissioner

Commissioner Doreen Woo HoCommissioner Doreen Woo Ho was appointed to the San Francisco Port Commission by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors in May 2011 and was elected President of the Port Commission in 2012 and 2013. She currently serves as a member of the U.S. Bancorp Board of Directors. She also serves as a board member of the San Francisco Opera, C100 (Committee of 100) and APIASF (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Advisory Board).

She is a retired seasoned executive with over 35 years of commercial and consumer banking experience.  She is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Commercial Bank (“UCB™”) and President of Community Banking.

Prior to UCB she was engaged by Wells Fargo & Company (1998-2008) as the President of the Consumer Credit Group and also was an EVP responsible for Enterprise Marketing, Student Loans and Corporate Trust.  She was also a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Ms. Ho managed a portfolio of over $100 Billion in assets with nationwide distribution in multiple channels.  Prior to Wells Fargo, she was a Senior Vice President with Citibank, holding multiple management positions in corporate banking, marketing, retail banking, consumer & mortgage lending, and small business banking.

Before joining Citibank, Ms. Woo Ho was a correspondent for Time magazine and CBS Radio News based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Ms. Ho is a graduate of Smith College and Columbia University.  A resident of San Francisco since 1974, she is married to James K. Ho, Board President of Chinese Hospital and former Deputy Mayor of San Francisco.

Commissioner Woo Ho's term expires in May 2018.


Eleni Kounalakis, Commissioner

Image of Eleni KounalakisAmbassador Eleni Kounalakis is a San Francisco business woman, philanthropist and diplomat. From 2010 until 2013, she served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary, appointed by President Barack Obama. During her service, Ambassador Kounalakis received two Meritorious Honor awards, and was nominated by her staff for the Susan M. Cobb award for distinguished diplomatic service.

Currently, Ambassador Kounalakis holds a non-resident fellowship at the U.S. Department of State. She is a Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group and serves as chair of the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment.  She also serves as a member of the board of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, where she received her MBA in 1992. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece. Ambassador Kounalakis serves on the board of The Hellenic Initiative and is a member of the Association of American Ambassadors.

Previously, Ambassador Kounalakis served as a trustee of the San Francisco War Memorial. She also served as a member of the California State World Trade Commission and The California First Five Commission.  An active advocate of interfaith cooperation, she served for ten years as a Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace, and in recognition for her service was awarded the Medal of St. Pan, the highest lay honor of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Committed to the advancement of the understanding of democratic ideas, she currently serves as an advisor to the New York Times annual conference on Democracy, in Athens, Greece. Ambassador Kounalakis lives with her husband and two children in San Francisco.

Ambassador Kounalakis' term expires on May 1, 2020.