Commissioner | Port of Long Beach
Rich Dines is a Marine Clerk with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), and brings more than 15 years of experience on the waterfront to his position as a member of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the five-member governing body for the Port of Long Beach, Calif. He was appointed to a six-year term in July 2011, elected as Vice President of the Commission in December 2013, and re-elected to a full one-year term by his Board colleagues in July 2014.
Together with his Commission colleagues, Rich is providing policy direction and oversight for the most extensive capital improvement program in the Port of Long Beach’s history. The Port has embarked on a $4 billion, 10-year investment program to modernize its facilities and increase its competitiveness for decades to come.
Rich has been actively involved with long-range efforts to improve efficiency and productivity at the Port, and is also a passionate champion for the use of alternative energy. Under his recommendation and direction, the Port adopted a groundbreaking energy policy in 2013 that calls for the development and increased use of alternative energy sources over electricity and fossil fuels. With this new energy policy in place, the Port will continue to improve air quality while building a more sustainable and energy-independent infrastructure.
Rich began working as a longshoreman in 1997 and became a member of the ILWU in 2000. He has served as President of the ILWU Southern California District Council, which coordinates regional political and legislative activities, and several terms as a member of the Executive Board and Political Action Committee for ILWU Local 13.
A resident of Long Beach's Fifth District, Rich is active in the community and currently serves on the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority Governing Board and sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for the California State University, Long Beach Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).