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Chairman Mario Cordero

Chief of Staff: Mary T. Hoang
Counsel: Rachit J. Choksi
Senior Advisor – Legislative/Public Affairs: John K. DeCrosta

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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 was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve as a Commissioner beginning June 3, 2011. He was reconfirmed on October 8th 2015, for a term set to expire on June 30, 2019. 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. While a POLB Commissioner, beginning in 2003, 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. He also served as President of the Port of Long Beach’s managing body

Concurrent with his leadership positions on the POLB, Chairman Cordero served on the Executive Board for the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Latin American delegation. In this role, he led efforts to develop policies for greater cooperation, increased trade, and joint growth across the combined North American and Latin American footprint.

Under his leadership, the FMC has undergone monumental change and received accolades from Congress, the Administration, and, most importantly, stakeholders, for its attentive and careful approach to facilitating solutions to several paramount issues. These issues have included concerns arising from container weight rules that affected cargo movement, new and unsubstantiated chassis fee proposals that affected the largest port complex in the United States, management of the PierPass program on the West Coast (designed to eliminate congestion and promote efficiency), and the international bankruptcy of South Korean carrier Hanjin.

Notably, in March 2016, Chairman Cordero was invited to testify in the United States Senate regarding the state of the United States maritime industry.

In 2015, the FMC received an award for being the 2015 Most Improved Small Agency, as part of rankings released by the Partnership for Public Service and Deloitte. The rankings are based on data from the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) and provided rankings in 14 categories. The Commission achieved positive gains in all categories, the most significant being in Effective Leadership (Empowerment), Strategic Leadership, Training and Development, and Support for Diversity. The recent 2016 FEVS results again indicate increased employee satisfaction.

On September 29, 2015, Chairman Cordero accepted the Connie Award from the Containerization & Intermodal Institute, given to those who have contributed to the evolution of the containerized shipping industry. Further, in August 2016, he received the prestigious Malcom McLean Award from the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers, given in recognition of his efforts to be inclusive, encourage open dialogue on key issues affecting intermodal commerce, and put forth forward-thinking initiatives, which facilitated progress and partnership amongst the stakeholders at the Port of New York & New Jersey.

Chairman Cordero has taught political science at Long Beach City College. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach, and his law degree from the University of Santa Clara.

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Jan 13, 2017
FMC Chairman Discusses Ports, Shipping, Maritime Infrastructure, and Port Efficiencies with Key Members of Congres
Key Members of Congress interested in ports, shipping, and infrastructure hosted Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero for a conversation yesterday about trends in these sectors and their contributions to the American economy.
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Dec 06, 2016
Chairman Cordero Statement to AAPA XXV Latin American Congress of Ports
Chairman Cordero told the audience at AAPA XXV Latin American Congress of Ports that efficient ports are drivers of economic development that can help build value chains, and be beneficial in attracting business from ocean carriers seeking gateways with well developed landside transportation connections.​
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Nov 04, 2016
Cordero Addresses World Shipping Summit 2016 in Shanghai
Chairman Cordero traveled to Shanghai, China where he addressed the World Shipping Summit, and met with U.S. and Chinese government officials, think tanks, industry groups, and companies delving into issues challenging the carrier industry.
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Oct 28, 2016
Copenhagen Event is Forum for Addressing Issues & Future of Container Shipping
Chairman Cordero travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the Danish Maritime Forum
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Oct 12, 2016
Chairman Cordero's TOC Remarks
Chairman Mario Cordero attended the TOC Americas Conference in Cancun, Mexico where he spoke about the benefits of increasing trade between the United States and Latin America.
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Oct 12, 2016
Discurso de Chairman Cordero en TOC Americas
Chairman Cordero habló de las ventajas de la expansión del comercio entre E.U. y América Latina en la conferencia TOC Americas.
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Sep 29, 2016
Cordero Urges Industry Collaboration to Overcome Hanjin Challenges
FMC Chairman Cordero urges industry to work cooperatively and find pragmatic solutions to intermodal equipment issues related to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.
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Sep 29, 2016
Cordero Represents FMC at International Shipping Forum
Chairman briefed the Consultative Shipping Group on Hanjin bankruptcy and other key industry developments.​
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Sep 07, 2016
Shipping Act of 1916 Centennial—Legislation Established Forerunner of FMC
President Woodrow Wilson signed the Shipping Act of 1916 into law on September 7, 1916 creating the U.S. Shipping Board, predecessor of the FMC.
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Aug 18, 2016
Cordero Meets With Great Lakes Constituents in Cleveland
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero visited Cleveland earlier this week to meet with executives, officials, and mariners involved in Great Lakes related supply chain, port, shipping, and manufacturing endeavors.
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Commissioner Cordero Being Sworn In

PPS BestPlaces 2016

FMC Recognized as 2015 Most Improved Small Agency

Chairman Cordero accepts the Person of the Year Award from the New York New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Broker’s Association

Chairman Cordero visits the Port of LA to view megaship Benjamin Franklin with Representative Hahn

Chairman Mario Cordero accepting the 2015 Connie Award

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