Chairman Mario Cordero
Chief of Staff: Mary T. Hoang
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. He and his wife still call Long Beach home, and their two kids are both working around the Long Beach area.
Apr 16, 2013
Chairman Cordero Testifies to Congress Regarding FY 2014 FMC Budget
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero presented the President's FY 2014 budget proposal for the Commission before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. Chairman Cordero's full testimony can be viewed at the above link.
Oct 09, 2012
Commissioner Mario Cordero - Remarks at FIATA World Congress Los Angeles, CA – October 9, 2012
Thank you for your kind introduction. It is an honor to be here speaking to such a broad international organization as FIATA. As the only FMC Commissioner currently from the West Coast, it is a special pleasure to travel back to the great State of California and address the 2012 FIATA World Congress. Before I begin, please note that my comments here today are my own personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Maritime Commission.
Aug 10, 2012
Remarks of Commissioner Mario Cordero at Sala de las Americas, August 1, 2012
Thank you for your kind introduction. It is an honor to be here in Bogota addressing Sala Logistica De Las Americas. I have a great interest in international trade and the relationship between the United States and Latin America. I have been asked by the conference organizers to address the subject matter and role of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). Please note my comments today are my personal comments and do not necessarily reflect the views of the FMC.
Aug 10, 2012
Remarks of Commissioner Mario Cordero at Sala de las Americas, August 1, 2012 (En Espanol)
Muchas gracias por su amable presentación, Es un honor para mí estar aquí en Bogotá dirigiéndome a ustedes en Sala Logística De Las Américas. Tengo un gran interés en el comercio internacional y la relación entre Estados Unidos y Latinoamérica. Los organizadores de esta conferencia me han solicitado que trate el tema y el rol de la Comisión Marítima Federal (FMC). Les agradezco que tengan en cuenta que mis comentarios de hoy son personales y no necesariamente reflejan los puntos de vista de FMC