Board of Directors

The PortTech Los Angeles Team brings a broad spectrum of talents, experiences and connections to the table. Members of the Founding Board of Directors represent the Port of Los Angeles, the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce, USC, UCLA and the Los Angeles County Business Technology Center.

Herb Zimmer
Herb Zimmer has been a business owner in downtown San Pedro since 1979, is past president of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce and was instrumental in founding PortTechLA. As a community activist, he has advocated and written about community development issues with the goal of making San Pedro a self-sufficient and sustainable community. Herb is the author of two white papers which made the case for leveraging the Port of Los Angeles’ need for new environmental, clean energy, homeland security and logistics technologies to create a new “knowledge-worker” job base for harbor-adjacent communities. He holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Rutgers University; served as an Army Transportation Officer in Vietnam and served as Division Manager of Marketing Development with American Airlines prior to starting his own business.
David Mathewson
Vice Chairman
As Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Port of Los Angeles, Dave Mathewson manages the Port’s land uses through the Port Master Plan, maritime and trade research activities, determines cargo forecast data and evaluates socioeconomic impact analyses. He also manages the Port’s economic development activities, including commercial development opportunities along the waterfront, workforce development programs and clean tech commercialization efforts through PortTechLA.
Carter Atkins
Carter Atkins is the environmental planner for air quality programs at the Port of Los Angeles. He has worked on several programs for the Port including the Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), Energy Management Action Plan (EMAP), terminal energy assessments and zero emission technology programs. His project management experience includes the Port's Environmental Ship Index (ESI), Vessel Speed Reduction Incentive Program (VSRIP), shore power and other marine vessel programs.
Pat Wilson
Pat Wilson holds roles as both President of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce since 2004 and Treasurer and member of the Port Community Advisory Committee to the Port of Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners. He is the founder and president of Fast Lane Transportation, Inc. a company he founded in 1979. In 1988, the company moved to its current location with 50 acres for equipment storage, repair, sales and trucking services. Pat serves in various capacities on many community and nonprofit boards.
Brian Shedd, Ph.D.
Brian Shedd is a Technology Transfer Officer in the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research at UCLA. Brian’s previous professional experiences prior to working at UCLA included positions with Alliant Techsystems (ATK) in Clearfield, CT, General Electric in Niskayuna, NY and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, CO. He is active in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Brian received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.
Timothy S. Sullivan
Timothy Sullivan is the CEO of Cutterman LLC, a consulting firm that assists companies and governments in maritime leadership and human performance cycle management, maritime and environmental operations, crisis management and communications and strategic partnerships. Rear Admiral Sullivan completed a 36-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard. As head of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), he oversaw a $300M budget encompassing seven large training centers delivering courses to 42,000 students per year. In prior assignments he served as the Deputy for the Coast Guard Pacific Area; as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security ; and as an operational advisor to the Secretary during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A native of Milwaukee, Rear Admiral Sullivan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy; earned a master’s degree in Communication Arts / Public Affairs from Cornell University; and is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Security Program.
Hossein Pourmand
As Assistant Director for Physical Sciences & Engineering Technology Commercialization for the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, Hossein Pourmand is responsible for developing and implementing IP and commercialization strategies through licensing and other arrangements. Hossein has over 25 years of industry experience in a variety of engineering, strategy, business development and finance roles. He started his career with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and after that worked with a number of high technology start-ups in various capacities including Venture Capital financing and business development. He has worked closely with innovators and has played a key role in the successful funding and launch of a number of high technology start-ups. Hossein has an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from UCLA.
Thierry Dubois
Bank of America