Elaine Forbes leads the Port to responsibly manage the waterfront as the gateway to a world-class city and advances environmentally and financially sustainable maritime, recreational, and economic opportunities to serve the City, Bay Area region, and California.
At the recommendation of the Port Commission, Mayor Edwin Lee appointed Elaine Forbes Executive Director of the Port on October 12, 2016. Elaine is one of 12 women Port Directors in the United States. Before her appointment as Executive Director, she served as Deputy Director for Finance and Administration for the Port for six years.
Prior to joining the Port, Elaine held executive management and leadership positions at both the San Francisco Planning Department and the San Francisco International Airport. She also worked for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget Analyst’s Office providing fiscal and policy analysis and evaluating and reporting on complex municipal issues.
Before beginning her tenure with the City and County of San Francisco in 2000, she worked as a redevelopment agency planner for the City of Oakland. She also has worked for several non-profit land use policy and economic development organizations including the Urban Strategies Council and the California Budget Project.
Elaine holds a Master’s degree with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Community and Economic Development, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Mills College in Oakland. She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was born in San Francisco and resides in the Castro neighborhood with her partner.
Michael Martin is responsible for the strategic oversight of the Port’s diverse portfolio of real estate assets and development along the 7½ miles of San Francisco’s waterfront that extends from Fisherman’s Wharf to Bayview/Hunters Point. He manages all aspects of the Port’s property, multi-tenanted portfolio of commercial, industrial, and retail properties and provides high-level direction on strategic real estate and development initiatives, goals and objectives.
Michael has worked for the City and County of San Francisco for 15 years. Prior to this appointment at the Port, he worked for the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) since 2011. During his tenure with OEWD, he has overseen complex development projects including the Mission Rock and Pier 48, the Southern Bayfront Strategy and the 34th America’s Cup Regatta on San Francisco Bay. His efforts in these projects helped to generate revenue for the Port and the City, increased jobs and housing for San Francisco residents and fostered collaboration with various San Francisco communities to ensure successful projects for their neighborhoods and the City.
Before his employment at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, he held management positions at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and served as lead public finance deputy in the City Attorney’s Office. Prior to his tenure with the City, Michael worked in the private sector for law firms focusing on real estate asset management negotiations and municipal financing transactions from 1998 to 2002. He holds a Juris Doctor degree (with honors) from The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Deputy Director, Real Estate and Development
Rebecca Benassini is the Deputy Director of Real Estate and Development. She directs the Port’s diverse real estate portfolio and major public-private partnership development projects. Her work includes strategic oversight of the Port's 7½ miles of waterfront property extending from Fisherman's Wharf to Bayview/Hunters Point. The division manages restaurants, attractions, office, industrial, and open land properties, as well as master tenants at Pier 39 and the Ferry Building, among others. The waterfront is also in the midst of major development projects including new waterfront neighborhoods at Pier 70 and Mission Rock, the Port's Historic Piers Rehabilitation Program, and the Teatro ZinZanni Theatre and Hotel project.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA and a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. She was a real estate economics consultant for 10 years and served as a City Council member in El Cerrito, CA, prior to joining the Port in 2016. Rebecca spent her childhood in San Francisco, including several fond summers working at PIER 39, and is proud to guide the stewardship of this incredible, waterfront real estate portfolio for the benefit of the public.
Deputy Director, Maritime
Andre Coleman is responsible for the strategic oversight and implementation of the Port’s maritime portfolio including assets, services, operations, and labor and client relations for the 7½ miles of San Francisco waterfront that extends from Fisherman’s Wharf to Islais Creek. Andre was previously the Northern California Area Associate Director for the Pacific Maritime Association and worked at the Ports America Outer Harbor and APM Terminals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children and enjoys running along the San Francisco waterfront.
Deputy Director, Maintenance
Tim Felton started his career at the Port as a health and safety professional managing chemical exposure programs, hazardous materials handling, asbestos and lead abatement projects, as well as oil spill response. He has progressed through the ranks of the Industrial Hygienist series after gaining his Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) license in 2004. With a strong background in safety and project management, in 2016 he transitioned into the role of Superintendent of Harbor Maintenance and was responsible for pier repair and construction projects along the waterfront. He has assumed the role as Acting Deputy Director since July 2020. Prior to coming to the Port, he has worked as an Environmental Scientist conducting Superfund site investigation as well as a Health and Safety specialist for Apple Computer in Sacramento. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis.
Chief Harbor Engineer
Rod K. Iwashita is the Chief Harbor Engineer for the Port of San Francisco. Rod is responsible for developing, planning, and directing the work of the Port’s Engineering Division, which oversees several major functions including building and encroachment permits, engineering and architectural design, facilities assessment, construction management, and project management. Additionally, he is responsible for developing regulatory procedures, overseeing Port plan checking and inspection and providing building code interpretations. He serves on the Port’s Executive Leadership team for the Seawall Earthquake Safety Program, participates in the Mayor's Sea Level Rise Coordinating Committee, and the City of San Francisco Collaborative Partnering Steering Committee.
Rod is an experienced engineering manager and marine structures engineer with over 30 years of engineering experience. He has extensive expertise in seismic analysis and retrofit design of piers and wharves, development of waterfront sites and inspection, rehabilitation of marine structures, mooring and berthing analyses, and advanced structural analysis. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) standards committee for the seismic design of piers and wharves, ASCE 61-14, a standard first published in 2014. He is also a member of the Engineering Criteria Review Board (ECRB) for the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which provides review and permits for San Francisco Bay shoreline development projects. Rod holds a Master of Science (Structural Engineering) and a Bachelor of Science (Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering) degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Chief Financial Officer
Katie Petrucione is the Chief Financial Officer of the Port of San Francisco. She is responsible for managing the finance and administrative functions of the Port including human resources, information technology, building services, accounting and finance and oversees 40 employees.
Katie has worked for the City and County of San Francisco for 17 years. She worked for the Recreation and Park Department from 2004 until 2017, completing 13 budgets during her time with the Department. Under Mrs. Petrucione's leadership, the Recreation and Park Department crafted Proposition B, a Charter Amendment which provides a funding baseline for the Department and allows at least $15 million in annual funding to address deferred maintenance in San Francisco parks. Prior to her employment at the Recreation and Park Department, she held positions in the Mayor’s Office of Finance and Legislative Affairs and in the Office of the Honorable Barbara Kaufman, a member of the Board of Supervisors. Before her tenure with the City, Katie worked in the private sector for three research firms from 1991 to 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas.
Brad Benson joined the Port of San Francisco in 2005. As the Waterfront Resilience Program Director, he oversees the Waterfront Resilience Program efforts, including the up to $5 billion Embarcadero Seawall Program and the United States Army Corps of Engineers/Port of San Francisco Flood Study.
Before he was named Waterfront Resilience Program Director in early 2019, he was Director of Special Projects and oversaw the Port's local, state, and federal legislative program. During this time, Benson developed the state legislation that guides two of the Port's largest development projects at Pier 70 and Mission Rock. Additionally, he developed the state and local legislation that allows the Port to form infrastructure financing districts on Port property, to leverage private dollars for the benefit of the public. He collaborated in the preparation of the Port's Ten Year Capital Plan to ensure an economically stable Port. Moreover, he managed the Port's role in the Golden State Warriors Chase Center development project in the central waterfront. In addition to Director of Special Projects, he also served as the Port's Pier 70 Waterfront Site Project Director to oversee a new proposed transit-oriented, Type 1 Eco-District neighborhood in the southern waterfront.
From 2010-13, Brad served as the Port's project manager for the 34th America's Cup, that attracted millions of visitors and generated $1.4 billion in economic impacts to San Francisco.
Prior to joining the Port, Brad served as the Honorable Tom Ammiano's legislative aide from 1997-2005. He worked with constituents and City staff to write legislation, staff San Francisco Board of Supervisors meetings and committees, and manage day-to-day Board affairs during Supervisor Ammiano's terms as Board President.
Before joining the City and County of San Francisco government, Brad worked as a recycling and composting consultant and was active in local environmental campaigns.
Randy Quezada is the Communications Director for the Port of San Francisco. He is responsible for the overall communications activities within the Port including media relations, marketing, community outreach and special events. He joined the Port in 2019. Randy previous was the Communicatioins and Community Relations Manager for the San Francsico Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH). Prior to working for HSH, he worked at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the University of California San Francisco, and the New York Department of Homeless Services.
Randy holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in San Francisco with his family and enjoys running along the waterfront.
Toni joins us from the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development (MOHCD) where she oversaw a portfolio of community, city and federal grants that support organizations in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in the areas of housing, homelessness and eviction prevention. She also managed the policy implementation for HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program and led a multi-agency effort to create accessible pathways to homeownership.
Prior to MOHCD, she spent eight years at the SF Housing Authority in a variety of roles, including the implementation HOPE SF, the nation’s first public-private partnership aimed at revitalizing dilapidated public housing which prioritizes existing public housing residents while also investing in high-quality, sustainable housing and broad scale community development.
Toni holds a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Development from the University of Califonia, Davis.
Carl Nicita is Assistant to the Director and Commission Affairs Manager. In this role, he is responsible for the operations of the Port’s executive office and serves as liaison between the Port Commission and Port staff, the public, government officials, and public and private agencies.
Prior to joining the Port, Carl was Scheduling Director for Mayor Ed Lee and Assistant to the Mayor’s Chief of Staff.
A rural California native, Carl moved to San Francisco for college and it has been his home ever since. Carl has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.