Board of Directors
Port of Hueneme
A proven leader, Kristin Decas repeatedly demonstrates her ability to build a vision and implement strategy through open, collaborative processes that foster results.
Since beginning her tenure with the Port of Hueneme in February 2012, the Port has realized several successes. Tonnage totals reached significant new milestones with cargo growing from 1.3 million tons in FY 2012 to over 1.6 million tons in FY 2018, marking the Port’s strongest sustained trade years since its inception in 1937. Port trade-related activity spurs $1.7 billion in economic activity and 15,834 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs, increases of 113%, and 55% respectively over 2013 performance. Most recent successes include securing a $3.3 million California Air Resources Board grant for zero-emission equipment and infrastructure and a $12.3 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. Over $45 million in infrastructure improvements are advancing on Kristin’s watch, including the installation of shoreside power for refrigerated cargo ships and a harbor deepening project that will also re-nourish local beaches. Kristin championed the first Port Banana Festival in 2012, an annual event now drawing over 12,000 visitors to the Port.
From 2015- 2019, Mrs. Decas served as the President of the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) representing California’s 11 deepwater ports, providing educational leadership and advocacy on issues related to transportation, trade, the environment, land use, and energy.
Kristin was the first woman to run both the Port of New Bedford in its 50-year history and the Port of Hueneme in its 82-year history. In 2015, she was elected to Chair the American Association of Port Authorities, the 4th woman to hold the post in the Association’s 106 years.
Kristin lives in Oxnard, CA with her husband, and is the proud mother of two daughters, Chloe and Gina.
Office of Research and Technology Applications Manager
Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division
Mr. Alan Jaeger serves as the Office of Research and Technology Applications Manager (ORTA) for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division. In this position, he is the Commanding Officer's primary point of contact between the Command and academic and industry institutions for partnerships and collaboration initiatives. He is responsible for developing and maintaining strategic partnerships that facilitate the innovation and collaboration that accelerates the transfer of technologies necessary to meet the emerging and evolving needs of the fleet and warfighter. Specifically, Alan administers non-Federal Acquisition agreements, partnership intermediary agreements, collaborative research and development agreements and educational partnership agreements.
Prior to this position, Alan spent 8 years as the Principal Investigator and Director for an operational research and field experimentation Center at the Naval Postgraduate School where his research was focused on technologies and tactics that assist in countering asymmetric threats to commerce, critical infrastructure and national security. This included the applications, threat and detection of small unmanned aircraft systems, port and maritime security as well as environmental and natural resource applications.
Alan has worked in the technology industry for the Federal, State and Local Governments as well as the academic and private sector. His work has taken him around the Globe and provided him with a unique perspective on organizational interfaces, technology development and deployment and information sharing. He received his Masters of Business Administration from California Lutheran University and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara and is DAWIA Level III certified in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.
Economic Development Collaborative
Bruce Stenslie has 30 years of experience in workforce and economic development and has served since 2007 as President and CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC).
Prior to joining EDC, Stenslie served as Deputy Director for the California Workforce Association, Workforce Policy Director for the City of Los Angeles, Assistant Director of the Ventura County Human Services Agency and Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.
In 2013 Stenslie was elected by his peers as Chair of the California Association for Local Economic Development.
Stenslie is a Governor’s appointee to the California Workforce Development Board and serves in leadership positions for several state and local organizations, including California Forward, the California Stewardship Network, California Statewide CDC, California Small Manufacturers Health and Welfare Trust, Pacific Coast Broadband Consortium, First 5 Ventura County, Ventura County P-20 Council and the Workforce Development Board of Ventura County.
Stenslie is a frequently invited speaker on policy and practice relating to workforce and economic development and the economic condition of Ventura County.
Bryant Went is the co-founder and co-CEO of Matter Labs, a corporate innovation lab that focuses on solving problems in the technology industry at a local level. He also serves on the Board of Directors at FATHOMWERX, a public-private consortium and technical innovation lab located in Ventura County.
Bryan’s entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 16 when he founded Eccentric Motors, one of the first alternative fuel companies to generate power for automobiles from hydrogen and other natural fuels. Bryan also co-founded Higher Standard Solutions with his brother Erick, where they provided strategic and innovative technological solutions for companies such as Microsoft, FOX Studios, and Honda.
In 2019, Bryan spearheaded the founding of FATHOMWERX, a program created by Matter Labs that is designed to exchange knowledge and opportunities between public/private sector businesses and government entities in Ventura County.
Outside of work, Bryan is an avid world traveler and adrenaline junkie. He has worked in more than 12 countries over the course of his professional career and continues to seek out adventure with his family in his free time. He continuously uses his maverick spirit to create and support programs aimed at impacting the world through innovation and technology.