Port of Portland

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Curtis Robinhold became the Executive Director of the Port of Portland (Port) in 2017. He joined the Port as Deputy Executive Director in February of 2014. The Port, governed by a nine-member Commission appointed by the Governor, consists of four marine terminals, two general aviation airports and Portland International Airport (PDX).  The Port has about 800 employees and annual operating revenues of over $300 million. The value of foreign trade moving through the Port is $14 billion annually. 
PDX handled almost 20 million passengers in 2019 aboard 16 domestic and international airlines, including all major U.S. carriers and five foreign flag airlines. PDX provides nonstop passenger service to 62 U.S. cities and serves 11 international markets. The airport provides integrator services on a global basis, and ANA Cargo offers main deck freighter service from Tokyo and Cathay Pacific offers main deck freighter service to Hong Kong.  
The Port’s Marine and Industrial Development Division comprise several diverse lines of marine cargo operations, as well as acquisition, development and management of an extensive industrial real estate portfolio. The Port recently completed development of industrial parks in the Portland area that are home to companies such as FedEx Ground, Amazon, Subaru and Element 6, resulting in significant employment in East Multnomah County (projected at more than 4,000 new jobs). The Port oversees four marine terminals in the harbor, handling a diverse range of cargoes including agricultural bulks, mineral bulks, liquids, breakbulk, containers and automobiles. Portland is one of the major ports of entry and exit in the United States for finished automobiles and remains a significant export load center for grain and other bulk commodities. The Port recently reestablished direct container shipping to Asia with the commencement of SM Line’s weekly transpacific service from Terminal 6.    

Prior to joining the Port, Robinhold was Chief of Staff to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, where he oversaw the Governor’s policy agenda, staff and policy advisors. 
Before joining the Governor’s team, Robinhold was Managing Director of BP Alternative Energy’s global gas-fired power business. He had financial and operational accountability for over 3500 MW of generating capacity and served on the board of several subsidiary companies. At BP, Robinhold also served in commercial and finance roles in the wind and gas-fired power business in Europe and Asia. He was instrumental in developing the strategy for the Alternative Energy unit, as well as subsequent growth in renewable energy business in new markets such as India and China. 
Before joining BP, Robinhold spent 10 years working for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on natural resource issues and for Congressman Peter DeFazio. Robinhold was raised in Eugene, Oregon. He and his wife live in Portland with their two daughters. He holds a BA from the University of California at San Diego, as well as an MBA and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University. 

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