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Chairman Mario Cordero

Chief of Staff: Mary T. Hoang
Senior Advisor – Legislative/Public Affairs: Carl A. Kemp
Counsel: Rachit J. Choksi

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Phone: 202-523-5911

Chairman Mario Cordero of Long Beach, California, was designated Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by President Barack Obama on April 1, 2013. Prior to being designated Chairman, Mr. Cordero served as an FMC Commissioner. He was initially nominated to the Commission by President Obama on September 17, 2010, and he was confirmed by the Senate on April 14, 2011. Chairman Cordero was sworn in as an FMC Commissioner on June 3, 2011, for a term set to expire on June 30, 2014. In his role as Chairman, Mr. Cordero brings with him over thirty years of private legal practice and decades of public service – including serving eight years on the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Long Beach (POLB).

Prior to serving at the federal level, Chairman Cordero was very active in the Long Beach Maritime Community. Initially appointed by the then-Mayor of Long Beach and confirmed by the Long Beach City Council in 2003. While a POLB Commissioner, Chairman Cordero spearheaded the Port of Long Beach’s pioneering Green Port Policy, a policy aimed at reconciling economic growth and environmental stewardship to achieve long-term, sustainable port development. During his years serving on the Port of Long Beach’s managing body; he served as both a Vice-President and President. He also used his time and leadership position on the POLB to educate the public about the importance of a robust Port, an effort that included new and expanded community outreach initiatives.

Concurrent with his leadership positions on the POLB, Chairman Cordero took an active role in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a multi-national trade association representing more than 130 public port authorities throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Notably, Chairman Cordero served on the Executive Board for the AAPA’s Latin American delegation. In this role, he led efforts to develop cohesive policies for greater cooperation, increased trade, and joint-growth across the combined North American and Latin American footprint.

Actively seeking to share the knowledge and opportunity he gained with his education, Chairman Cordero tries to find time to teach. In the past, he has served as adjunct professor for the Long Beach City College, where he taught political science. The Chairman earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, and he subsequently earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Santa Clara. 

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Nov 19, 2015
Chairman Mario Cordero Speaks at National Industrial Transportation League (NITL)
Chairman Cordero speaks at NITL. Emphasizes need for PierPass transparency, industry input on demurrage, and increased funding for FMC.
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Nov 02, 2015
Chairman Cordero’s Remarks at NAWE October 26, 2015
On October 26, 2015, Chairman Mario Cordero delivered a speech to the National Waterfront Employers Association, focusing on the FMC’s role in the reduction of congestion, the anticipated doubling of Asian imports over the next 10 years, and the importance of addressing stakeholder-reported inefficiencies with PierPass.
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Oct 23, 2015
Chairman’s Earth Day Award Nominations Open
The award highlights technologies, programs, or practices of the maritime transportation industry that benefit our environment.
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Oct 13, 2015
Chairman’s Statement on Mediation Week
The FMC provides free and confidential mediation services to help regulated entities and the shipping public resolve shipping disputes.
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Oct 08, 2015
Mario Cordero Reconfirmed as Commissioner
Today, Mario Cordero was reconfirmed as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission
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Sep 25, 2015
Chairman Cordero Participates in U.S.-Japan Maritime Discussions
In conjunction with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), Chairman Cordero led the FMC delegation at the U.S.-Japan Maritime Bilateral Meeting, the U.S.-Japan International Shipping Forum, and an industry meeting with the Japanese Shipowners' Association held in Tokyo, Japan, September 25, 2015.​
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Jul 21, 2015
Northwest Seaport Alliance Clears FMC Regulatory Review
FMC votes to allow Port of Seattle/Port of Tacoma Alliance Agreement to become effective as scheduled on July 23, 2015.
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Jul 20, 2015
Chairman Cordero calls for Transparency in PierPASS operations under the West Coast MTO Agreement.
In light of the recent 4 percent fee increase, I believe that PierPASS and the thirteen terminals at the LA and Long Beach Ports should justify the continued need for the Traffic Mitigation Fee, as well as the sustainability of annual TMF increases.
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Jun 24, 2015
Commission Takes Action on Several Regulatory Matters
Updated with FMC Order Regarding PPOIA.
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Jun 18, 2015
Maritime Summit between Commission, US and China Boosts Cooperation
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Commissioner Cordero Being Sworn In

Chairman Cordero and Mr. Rich Dines during the 2015 Pulse of the Ports

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Chairman Cordero Addresses the Ocean Shipping & Trade Summit


Chairman Cordero and members of the MEC presenting the 2015 Chairman's Earth Day Award to Crowley Maritime Corporation is William A. Pennella, Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President.

Chairman Cordero spoke at Valparaiso’s Sustainable Ports Seminar on May 8, 2014, in Valparaiso, Chile

National Maritime Day 2014
From Left to Right: Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr, Acting Maritime Administrator; FMC Commissioner, William P. Doyle; General Paul Selva; FMC Chairman Mario Cordero

Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride at the White House
From Left to Right: Commissioner William Doyle, Sgt. Chuck A. Bell, PFC Cameron W. Stanley, Chairman Mario Cordero

Chairman Cordero Speaking at NCBFAA 2014

Chairman Cordero Addresses 40th Annual NCBFAA Conference

Chairman Cordero Addresses Pulse of the Ports Peak Season Forecast Conference

Chairman Cordero Addressing IAPH

Chairman Cordero with APP President Richard Dodge

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Commissioner Cordero addressing the Transportation Research Board

Commissioner Cordero addressing Logistica De Las Americas