“ITEP has become successful thanks to the hard work and dedication of Geraldine Knatz and the Port of Los Angeles staff  who have supported us,” said ITEP CEO & Founder Carol Rowen

Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. (courtesy Port of LA)

Los Angeles, CA — International Trade Education Programs (ITEP), will honor Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., with the 2010 Keeper of the Flame Award, Thursday, April 22nd at its 10th Annual Scholarship Awards and Fundraiser Dinner in San Pedro.

Knatz, who is the first female executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, oversees the daily operations and management of the nation’s number one container port. Under her leadership, the Port has reduced air emissions and health risks while expanding capital development programs to accommodate the port’s future growth as a premiere Pacific Gateway and national economic engine.

“ITEP has become successful thanks to the hard work and dedication of Geraldine Knatz and the Port of Los Angeles staff who have supported us for the last decade,” said ITEP CEO & Founder Carol Rowen. “The Port offers internships that better prepare the students for the marketplace.”

Under Knatz’s leadership, the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan was created and implemented in November 2006. The Plan has paved the way for the Los Angeles Harbor Commission to approve two major container terminal expansion projects and a new deep-draft marine oil terminal. While her impressive tenure at the Port of Long Beach spanned two decades, Knatz began her maritime career as an environmental scientist at the Port of Los Angeles in 1977.

Before returning to the Port of Los Angeles in 2006, Knatz previously served as managing director of the neighboring Port of Long Beach. As the number two executive at the Port of Long Beach, she oversaw a $2.3 billion capital improvement program and spearheaded a number of environmental initiatives, including development of the Green Port Policy.

“The Port of Los Angeles has been a huge leader in keeping the torch lit at ITEP,” said ITEP Board Chairman Tom Good of Matson Navigation. “We would not be here today without the support from the ports and contributions from corporations and the international trade industry. They’re changing lives of high school students with career opportunities offering life changing work experiences.”  For the full story visit: http://tinyurl.com/yfvsg8w

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