Meet The PORT Executive Team
Kristine A. Zortman appointed, as the new Redwood City Port Executive Director in July 2018, is a 25-year port, maritime and commercial real estate veteran. Zortman comes to the Port of Redwood City from San Diego as the vice president of Civic San Diego, a nonprofit economic development corporation.
Prior to her role as vice president with Civic San Diego, Zortman was a principal with the Port of San Diego for eight years focused on commercial real estate where she negotiated long-term leases focused on cargo and maritime trade growth. Other related experience includes six years with Lennar Communities focused on land acquisition and several years’ experience overseeing environmental project management.
Zortman’s successful collaborations with boards, strong community and business partnerships, and experience managing successful internal teams will continue to elevate the Port’s success as it continues to focus on economic development, transportation and community building initiatives and priorities.
Zortman holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University and completed graduate studies work from University of Utah and the University of California Los Angeles with an emphasis in Hazardous Materials Management.
Zortman’s short-term priorities include working with the Port’s internal leadership team, to develop strong partnerships with the Redwood City community, and local, national and international business leaders, and to collaborate with local, state and federal port leaders to further the important work of ports nationwide. As an economic engine, Zortman believes the Port’s strategic alliances and business partnerships will facilitate it truly becoming the region’s partner of choice in multi-national maritime trade and industry.
In September of 2014, Rajesh C. Sewak joined the Port of Redwood City as manager of finance and administration after spending the last nine years with the City of Redwood City's Finance Department.
Sewak joined the City of Redwood City in March 2005 as a revenue services manager and senior accountant after 18 years in industry, during which he held various positions with Qantas Airways Limited, Western Multiplex Corp, Care on-Call, Inc., and Loncar Enterprises Inc.
He earned his MBA in finance at Golden Gate University and his BS in accounting and finance from San Francisco State University.
Sewak and his wife and two teenage daughters live in San Mateo.