Director, Global Trade & Logistics
Long Beach City College
As a fifth-generation resident of Southern California, I am proud to be part of this area where the magnificent Port of Long Beach connects our region and our businesses to the world. In my role as statewide director for Global Trade under the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and director for the Center for International Trade Development, it is my intention to bring value to our Chamber members through an approach that provides education, advocacy and global vision. I am honored to be the new 2018-2019 IBA President. Having worked in the field of global trade for over 15 years, it is my passion and in today’s trade climate, there are more challenges and opportunities than ever before. The Chamber's International Business Association understands that the strength of our economy lies in the strength of our globalized business community. The IBA is a resource to business, providing insights to trade related issues, promoting international business, and connecting our workforce to opportunities in this dynamic industry.
My goals for this term will be to increase access to thought leaders and discussions around the shifting landscape of global trade, to increase our membership by bringing value to our international business community and to expand the conversation around what is global trade and how can we increase access and equity to the multiple opportunities trade can bring. I look forward to a productive year ahead and welcome you to reach out to me directly to share your comments, questions and thoughts.
MEMBER BENEFITS The IBA is representative of the pride and professionalism of the international trade community. Your membership in this highly respected organization is your passport to opportunities to work side by side with leaders in their fields. The major benefits of membership are outlined as follows. LUNCHEON PROGRAMS From September through June, the IBA holds luncheon meetings where members and guests learn about current international business issues and opportunities from expert individual speakers and panels. NETWORKING MIXERS Receptions or mixers are held throughout the year at various locations to bring together and strengthen business contacts. Members make important connections with representatives from a wide variety of international businesses, cultures and interests.
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY The IBA monitors, analyzes and develops policy recommendations on local, state and federal legislation affecting the international business community. As part of the Chamber’s lobbying and advocacy efforts, the IBA assures its members they will be informed and influential in government at all levels. WORLD TRADE WEEK Each May the IBA observes World Trade Week. With the support of the Port of Long Beach we are proud to honor a local high school teacher who has gone above and beyond their teaching duties to educate students on the importance of international business. With the support of Long Beach City College, we are able to hold an annual World Trade Week Poster Contest. Local high school and college students submit artwork with the annual theme in mind. The winning poster is reproduced and distributed to all attendees at the May luncheon. World Trade Week was initiated as a local program by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce in 1926 and was declared a national observance by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.
International Business Association Board of Directors
Immediate Past President, Laura Janis Union Pacific Railroad
DIRECTORS Leticia Arias US Commercial Service, USDOC Bruce Berwager Beta Offshore
Western Overseas Corporation
CSULB, IBA (President)
Sea Cargo, Inc.
Pacific Harbor Line
CSULB, IBA (VP, Membership)