Randa Coniglio took the helm as the Port of San Diego’s President and Chief Executive Officer on June 11, 2015. The long-time Port executive is the first female CEO in the Port of San Diego’s 52-year history.
Hired by the Port in 2000 after 13 years in private-sector real estate development and real estate portfolio management, she most recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations over the departments of Real Estate, Environmental and Land Use Management, Government and Civic Relations, Maritime and Marketing and Communications. During her tenure at the Port, she has been promoted six times, having stated in the Real Estate Department as a Senior Asset Manager. Coniglio holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
As President and CEO, Coniglio now oversees 527 employees and a budget of $144.6 million. Port staff’s accomplishments under Coniglio’s leadership are extensive with highlights that include: entitling the 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan in 2012; successfully obtaining a unanimous approval vote from the California Coastal Commission for a $700 million San Diego Convention Center expansion; facilitating the opening of The Headquarters shopping facility, which transformed the old San Diego Police Headquarters into a bustling retail center; and securing a 25-year lease renewal to Dole Fresh Fruit. She has been a driving force on the executive team that turned around a budget deficit in fiscal year 2011-2012 and delivered a $12 million surplus in fiscal year 2013-2014.
Coniglio plans to build on that momentum with predominate projects which include: starting construction on the Chula Vista Bayfront project; examining the redevelopment viability of Harbor Island once the rental car agencies relocate to the consolidated facility on Pacific Highway; exploring opportunities for the Pond 20 site; and continuing world-class improvements along San Diego’s North Embarcadero with the opening of two new hotels in the coming years. What’s more, Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal will be undergoing modernization to improve operations and capacity.
“The Port of San Diego’s opportunities are vast,” Coniglio said. “In order to seize on these, we must focus clearly, be nimble and continue to work collaboratively with our stakeholders. I’m excited to lead that charge.”