Jim MacLellan is responsible for trade promotion programs to encourage increased trade through the Port of Los Angeles and the Southern California Gateway. This includes the Trade Connect programs which assist local businesses enter global export markets. Trade Connect was awarded the prestigious Presidential E Star Award on May 20, 2013 for service to the nation’s exports. He has held this position since January 2007, and previously was Director of Marketing, at which time he directed marketing programs, coordinated the activities of the Port’s ten international offices and worked with customers and service providers to help build the Port’s long-term clientele.
Prior to joining the Port of Los Angeles in 1992, he spent more than 20 years working internationally in the maritime and intermodal shipping business. As Adjunct Professor, he teaches an annual course on international shipping and transportation at the Monterey Institute Graduate School of International Studies.
A member of several local and international organizations, he currently serves as Chairman of the L.A. Regional Export Council (MEI) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern California Regional District Export Council (U.S. Department of Commerce). He is a Member of the Board of the Foreign Trade Association and CMTC (NIST–MEP) and is also a Member of the Board of Advisors for the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management.