Port of Stockton Commission Chair Elizabeth Blanchard Named President of the Association of Pacific Ports

September 6, 2017


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Elizabeth Blanchard, Board Chair And New President of the Association

Elizabeth Blanchard, Board Chair

Port of Stockton Set to Host 105th Annual APP Conference Next July

STOCKTON, Calif. (August 30, 2017) – The Port of Stockton today announced that Port Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard has been named President of the Association of Pacific Ports (APP) for 2017-18. The appointment was announced at the recent 104th Annual Conference of the APP held in American Samoa. Her tenure as APP President officially began August 1. The Port of Stockton also announced that it will host the 105th Annual Conference of the APP July 15-18, 2018.

Dr. “Liz” Blanchard has been involved with the APP since she was named Port Commissioner at the Port of Stockton in 2008. She has been serving on the APP’s Executive Committee since 2010. Dr. Blanchard also is the current Board Chair for the Port of Stockton.

“The APP does valuable work, providing a forum where port directors can collaborate and develop best practices that increase port efficiency and keeps commerce moving,” said Dr. Blanchard. “I have been representing the Port of Stockton as a member of the APP for nearly a decade and participation has yielded benefits that have helped us streamline shipping from California’s Central Valley. I am honored to be named APP President for 2017-18.”

Dr. Blanchard holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of the Pacific and is a retired Professor Emeritus of the San Joaquin Delta College Psychology Department and the University of the Pacific School of Education. She also is currently President of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County. Dr. Blanchard also currently serves on six other community and organization boards and served for eight years on the Stockton City Planning Commission and for two years on the San Joaquin County Planning Commission.

Founded in 1913, the APP is a trade association that provides education and information to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of Pacific Ports. APP programs are designed to enhance the technical capabilities and governance expertise of port officials through meetings, seminars, and the exchange of information.


About the Port of Stockton

Located in California’s fertile Central Valley, the Port of Stockton is the premier bulk/break-bulk port in California, supporting more than 5,500 family-wage jobs in the greater Stockton/San Joaquin County region. Situated on a deep-water shipping channel, with over 7 million square feet of warehouse space, at the hub of four major freeways and served by two Class I railroads, the Port of Stockton is strategically located to provide efficient goods movement throughout the Western United States.

To learn more about The Port of Stockton, visit www.portofstockton.com.



Jeff Wingfield
Director of Environmental and Public Affairs
Port of Stockton
(209) 946-0246


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