November 6, 2017 2:15 PM, EST
Port of Oakland Selects First African-American and First Female Board Secretary
Port of Oakland Port of Oakland, by Eddie Codel via YouTube

Commissioners at the Port of Oakland elected their first African-American member and first female secretary of the board, appointing Daria Edgerly to the position in late October.


She had served as acting secretary of the board. Edgerly runs the office of the port’s governing board, providing notices of all the board’s public meetings, publishing records of all actions and assuring that all bids for contracts are received on time and opened in public.

“I’m gratified that commissioners have given me this opportunity,” said Edgerly, an Oakland, Calif., native and Cal State-East Bay graduate. “And I’m pleased that women of color are given the opportunity to advance at the port.”

Oakland’s city charter created the Board of Port Commissioners in 1927. The seven-member group sets policy for the port and oversees operations.

Edgerly succeeds John Betterton, who retired after two decades as secretary. She previously worked for the City of Oakland.