New commissioner named to Long Beach port board
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster has nominated Susan Wise, a local attorney and Superior Court mediator, to the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission.
If confirmed by the City Council, Wise would fill a seat vacated in June by the retirement of former City Councilmember Doris Topsy-Elvord.
Commissioners on the five-member governing board are nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the council for up to two six-year terms. The commission sets policy for the port, the busiest container port in the nation, and with neighboring Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port complex in the Western Hemisphere.
Foster praised Wise's 'intellect, experience and problem-solving skills.' A partner in the Long Beach law firm of Wise Pearce Yocis & Smith, Wise has practiced law in the commercial and civil arena for nearly 34 years.
She also serves as a director on numerous local boards, including the Children’s Clinic, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, Long Beach Bar Foundation and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.
Wise becomes only the fourth woman to serve on the board in its more than 90-year history.