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Port Commission



Richard Dodge, Chairman

Dodge, who originally was appointed in 1980 and reappointed seven times since, is one of the longest current consecutive serving port commissioners in the United States. Dodge's current term expires July 2018.

Dodge has owned and operated THE Office City since 1976, turning it into one of the largest independent office products dealers in Northern California. Prior to that, he was in a management position with Airborne Express for 12 years.

He has a B.S. in business administration from USC. Dodge has been involved in numerous maritime organizations, including past president and current first vice president of the Association of Pacific Ports. He has been called upon to make numerous presentations before the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). He and his wife Ginny have three adult daughters. The Dodges have seven grandchildren.

Lorianna Kastrop, Vice Chairperson

Kastrop was first appointed to the Port Commission in June of 2008 and reappointed in 2012 and 2016. She was the second woman to be appointed to the commission and the first woman to serve as Chair. She is Vice President of The Kastrop Group, Inc. architectural firm, and has a background in financial analysis. Her husband Michael is President and Principal Architect of the business. They have two adult sons.

Kastrop was named Businesswoman of the Year in 2001 by the Redwood City-San Mateo County Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations.  She has served on numerous local non-profit boards, including the YMCA, Rotary, and PTA. She is currently on the board of Stanford Professional Women of the Bay Area.  She co-founded the Redwood City Mothers Club and was president of the California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools. She was elected to the Redwood City Elementary School District Board of Trustees and served from 1997 to 2001.

Kastrop has a strong connection to San Francisco Bay. She learned to sail at the Port of Redwood City, has crewed in hundreds of races on the Bay and is a past Commodore of the South Beach Yacht Club in San Francisco. She and her husband race their Catalina 30 sailboat named “Goose,” berthed in San Francisco.

She is the founder of the award-winning PortFest, an annual community event the first Saturday of October at the Port.

Ralph Garcia, Secretary

Garcia was first appointed to the Port Commission in 2005 and reappointed in 2007 and 2012. He previously served 10 ½ years on the Redwood City Planning Commission, including a two-year term as commission chairman.

He has owned Ralph’s Vacuum and Sewing Center in Redwood City for more than 30 years, a business he describes as one of the few remaining family businesses in that industry. He has been a member of the Redwood City Optimist Club for 37 years, including two terms as president and long-time sergeant-at-arms. The club during recent years has bought or donated nearly $50,000 in music instruments and equipment to sustain music programs in the Redwood City Elementary School District.

Garcia also served on the Board of Directors of El Centro de Libertad (the Freedom Center), a program in Redwood City that offers outpatient alcohol and drug treatment and related services. Away from his business, he enjoys restoring cars and entering them into car shows. He has lived in Redwood City since he was 12, attending local schools as well as Menlo-Atherton High School. He and his wife, Teresa, have four adult children.

Richard Claire, Commissioner

Claire, who was first appointed to the Commission in 2007 and reappointed in 2012, had served 21 years on the Redwood City Council, including four as mayor, and seven years on the Redwood City Planning Commission.

His other community activities have included formerly being a board member of local Little League, Sequoia YMCA, and Big Sisters; as well as former chair of the Housing and Human Concerns Committee and chair of the San Mateo Council of Mayors.
Claire is a financial and accounting professor emeritus at Canada College in Redwood City, where he taught for 35 years. He currently is teaching again as an adjunct professor at both Canada College and Skyline College in San Bruno.

He holds an M.B.A. in financing from University of Santa Clara and a B.A. in accounting from San Francisco State. He has served as corporate controller or other financial management positions for several companies, including Raychem, Marcona, and National Semiconductor. He and his wife Patricia have been married 56 years.

R. Simms Duncan, Commissioner

Simms Duncan is a Vice President of Project Finance with Hanwha Q Cells, USA in Irvine, CA. He was appointed to his first term with the Port Commission in August, 2014.

Before joining Hanwha in 2011, Duncan was Managing Director of Corporate Business Development at Applied Materials, leading that company's strategic transactions in the solar industry. Before entering the solar industry, Duncan was an investment banker and Senior Vice President for eight years with Jefferies. Duncan started his career flying carrier-based jets for the U.S. Navy. Duncan has an M.S. in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. Duncan is an active volunteer and Redwood City community member including nine years with CityTrees. He is a graduate of the Redwood City Citizen’s Police Academy and Redwood City PACT program. He and his wife Lisa have two sons."