Kristen Decas

CEO/Port Director

Port of Hueneme

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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.

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