Mayor Garcetti Announces Port of L.A. Changes

LOS ANGELES -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that his Deputy Mayor for City Services, Doane Liu, will become Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff at the Port of Los Angeles.

"The economy is my top priority and the Port of L.A. is our region's leading economic driver, so it's critical to me that we have the right team in place to make sure it retains its number-one position and grows as a powerhouse of international trade," Mayor Garcetti said. "Doane Liu is one of L.A.'s most seasoned and innovative executives, and combined with his personal connection to the port community, I am looking forward to big things from his work there. He will be missed in the Mayor's Office, but I know we will lean on him just as much in his new position at the Port of Los Angeles."

Liu will assume his new position on February 1. He will continue to help oversee the Mayor's Office of City Services until the transition to a new Deputy Mayor is complete. A search for his successor, coordinated by Mayor Garcetti's Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero, is already underway. The Mayor's Office of City Services advises the Mayor on policy related to and oversees the:

  • Department of Water and Power
  • Department of Public Works:
    • Bureau of Contract Administration
    • Bureau of Engineering
    • Bureau of Sanitation
    • Bureau of Street Lighting
    • Bureau of Street Services
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Los Angeles Public Library
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Department of Animal Services
  • Department of Cultural Affairs
  • El Pueblo de Los Angeles
  • Department of Aging
  • Department of Disability

Liu was appointed to be one of four Deputy Mayors by Mayor Eric Garcetti in July 2013. His office is focused on the Mayor’s goals of restoring the city services that make our neighborhoods livable and attractive while providing excellent customer service to our residents and businesses.

Liu was previously Chief of Staff for Councilman Joe Buscaino and served as Chief of Staff for Councilwoman Janice Hahn, Deputy Mayor for Mayor James K. Hahn and District Director for Congresswoman Jane Harman. He was also Senior Vice President of Government Banking at JP Morgan Chase and Vice President in the Real Estate Industries Group at Security Pacific National Bank.

Liu graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the University of Southern California. He and his wife live in San Pedro and have four grown children.

"Doane Liu's experience, expertise and close ties to the surrounding community will be invaluable as we work to boost trade, enhance the waterfront and green our operations," Port Executive Director Gene Seroka said. "He is the cornerstone of a major reorganization intended to make sure Mayor Garcetti's vision for America's Port moves forward full steam ahead."

Mayor Garcetti appointed Seroka as the Port of Los Angeles' new Executive Director after his unprecedented effort to assess all departments and require all department heads to reapply for their positions. In addition to Liu's new Chief of Staff position, Seroka announced the following members of the Port's leadership team: Marla Bleavins, Chief Financial Officer; Ron Boyd, Chief of Port Police and Emergency Management; Mike DiBernardo, Marketing and Customer Relations; and Tony Gioiello, Development.