Commissioner | Port of Long Beach
Lori Ann Guzmán, Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach and former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Long Beach, is President of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach.
Guzmán is the 65th commissioner to serve the Port since the commission was formed in 1925, only the fifth woman, and heads the first all-female slate of Board Officers in the Port’s 105-year history.
Guzmán was appointed to a six-year term in December 2013 by Mayor Bob Foster and elected President by her Board colleagues in 2015. During her tenure, she has led the effort to revamp the Port’s Sponsorship Program, increasing sponsorships to underserved communities in Long Beach.
Since December 2010, she has served as Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, and previously served the City of Long Beach for nearly five years, initially as the first Latina to serve as City Controller, and subsequently as the first woman to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
Earlier in her career, she worked for the New York State Division of the budget and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. She also served as Financial Advisor at Citigroup, and as the Administrative Services Director for the City of Lomita, California.
As a resident of Long Beach for 16 years in the 5th District, Guzmán has served as Treasurer for the Long Beach Transit Board and participated in the Leadership Long Beach Class of 2000.
Her numerous honors include the NAACP Zelma A. Lipscomb Award, the “Woman of Distinction” award from 100 Black Men of Long Beach, the “Mujer Del Año Award” from the Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers’ “Innovation Award.”
She has been featured on Bloomberg News, ABC News and National Public Radio for her strategies to address local government challenges.
Guzmán received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College at Columbia University.