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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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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 first sworn in as an FMC Commissioner on June 3, 2011, for a term set to expire on June 30, 2014. 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. 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. 

On September 29, 2015, Chairman Mario Cordero accepted the Connie Award in recognition of the Chairman’s leadership and dedication to the containerized shipping industry. Established by the Containerization & Intermodal Institute in 1972, the Connie Award honors the achievements of those who have contributed to the evolution of the industry.

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Aug 18, 2016
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Aug 02, 2016
Cordero Malcom McLean Award Acceptance Speech
Chairman Cordero was honored by the Association of Bi-State Motor Carriers as its 2016 Malcom McLean Award winner. In his remarks, Cordero commented on the legacy of the late Mr. McLean and the need for ports across the Nation to increase terminal productivity and efficiency.
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Jul 20, 2016
Cordero Joins Commemoration of First Neo-Panamax Vessel to Call Miami
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Jun 29, 2016
Announcements About Gate Weights Are Encouraging Sign for Smooth VGM Implementation
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Jun 27, 2016
FMC Chairman Attends Panama Canal Expansion Opening Ceremony
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Cordero Says Facilitating Exports a Key Goal of FMC
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Cordero Urges Ocean Carriers to Accept Obvious Path to VGM Compliance
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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