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
- 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.
- Kevin Maggay
- Kevin Maggay is the Interim Air Quality Supervisor of the Environmental Management Division of the Port of Los Angeles. Kevin's responsibilities include managing, developing, and implementing air quality improvement programs regarding cargo movement. Air quality programs focus on port-related aspects of the operations logistical chain including heavy duty vehicles, cargo handling equipment, rail, harbor craft, and ocean going vessels, and are in support of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. He is also the Port Program Manager of the Technology Advancement Program which evaluates and demonstrates new and emerging technologies.
- 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.
- Karen Kerr, Ph.D.
- Karen Kerr is Senior Director of New Ventures and Alliances at the USC Stevens Institute of Innovation. She joined USC with an extensive background in university technology transfer, venture capital, intellectual property and startups. She leads a team that actively pursues startup opportunities from USC discoveries and expertise while coordinating with resources off-campus to create an environment at USC and beyond that is conducive to new venture creation. Karen's team also manages funding and mentoring programs, such as the USC signature ideas Empowering program and the prestigious Coulter Translational Partnership, which works with USC Viterbi’s Biomedical Engineering (BME) department and the Southern California Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (SC-CTS).
- Lee R. Petillon
- Lee Petillon is a leading legal authority in the area of corporate financing for early and growth stage companies. His practice represents: early stage technology companies; formation of venture capital and private equity funds; corporate finance; public and private offerings and similar transactions; formation of corporations, partnerships and LLCs; technology transfer licensing; formation of private equity and venture funds; assisting clients in locating sources of financing and testifying as an expert witness on corporate and securities laws. He is the co-author of “Representing Start-Up Companies,” a treatise for lawyers in its 18th edition published by Thomson Reuters. He is a former investment banker and has served as corporate counsel to a large venture capital fund and an advanced technology company. He has also served as an adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine School of Law and as director of the Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliance, the California Manufacturing Center and the South Bay Science Foundation, non-profit organizations dedicated to assisting California-based technology companies and manufacturing firms.
- 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 recently completed a 36-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was formerly head of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) with a mission to “prepare the Coast Guard’s total workforce.” He oversaw a $300M budget encompassing seven large training centers and 8 subordinate units delivering 800 individual courses to 42,000 students per year. In prior assignments he served as the Deputy for the Coast Guard Pacific Area in charge of operations in the entire Pacific Theatre; as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security where he was the primary coordinator between the Departments of Defense and 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.