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San Mateo County Harbor District
Board of Harbor Commissioners


  Pietro Parravano
Pietro Parravano,
James Tucker
James J. Tucker,
Vice President
Will Holsinger
William Holsinger,
Treasurer & Secretary
Sabrina Brennan
Sabrina Brennan,
Robert Bernardo
Robert Bernardo,
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Commissioner Assignments run from July 1 - June 30,
and are assigned by vote of Commissioners.

Board of Harbor Commissioners Terms of Office
Elected by voters of San Mateo County for four year terms. Following shows when each commissioner's term ends.
    Bernardo, Tucker, Holsinger - 2014
    Brennan, Parravano - 2016
Election procedures and Candidate Guide information can be found by clicking on this link.

Pietro Parravano, President
Currently serves as the President of the Institute for Fisheries Resources. As a member of the Pew National Ocean Commission, he co-authored a report to Congress on recommendations for a national ocean policy and sustainable fisheries. He remains active in promoting these recommendations for sustainable fisheries and advocating for a national ocean policy as a member of the Joint Oceans Commission Initiative. He is a founding member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. This alliance is comprised of individuals committed to creating a sustainable food system in San Mateo County. In 2005, he initiated the process to form a national organization of commercial fishermen. Now the group is established with a national membership.

He has received numerous awards from all levels of government and community organizations for his advocacy of sustainable fishing. He received his master’s degree in biology from Eastern Michigan University. After completing graduate school, he taught science and mathematics at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley.

Contact information for Pietro Parravano:

James J. Tucker, Vice President
Commissioner Jim Tucker of San Mateo was elected to the Harbor Commission in November 1998, following his appointment to fill a vacancy earlier in the year.

Jim Tucker is a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1966.

Mr. Tucker is a former Juvenile Probation Officer for the City and County of San Francisco leaving the Court after twelve years of service to form his own construction company. Today he is a licensed general building contractor and engineer. He has been active in San Mateo County for more than 30 years. While serving as an elected member of the City Council of Daly City (1978-1990), he was selected to be Mayor for two terms by his colleagues.

His community activities have included serving on numerous boards and committees including the Project 90 Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Foundation, San Mateo Easter Seals, Peninsula Re-Care, Stonestown YMCA, San Mateo County Criminal Justice Council, and he has been a Sponsor in Ducks Unlimited.

At San Francisco State University he attained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, and then a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Mr. Tucker and his wife Buffy have three children and seven grandchildren and have lived in San Mateo County for over 35 years.

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William Holsinger, Treasurer & Secretary
William H. “Will” Holsinger, a resident of San Mateo, was appointed to the Harbor District commission to fill a vacancy in June 2013.

Will Holsinger is a second-generation native of the Peninsula, where his maternal grandfather, Tom Meredith, operated stables in San Mateo in the 1930s and 40s. His mother, Lina Meredith, also a horsewoman, had a commercial fishing license, working out of Drake’s Bay in Marin County in the 1960s and ‘70s. In addition to occasional crewing for some of her friends as a teenager, Will Holsinger also worked for a time at what is now Drake’s Bay Oyster Company, as well as at a small artichoke farm in Olema, CA. Will Holsinger learned to sail on Tomales Bay, renewing that interest for a time in Newport Beach and later in San Francisco Bay. He dry-docked a small sailing boat at Oyster Point Harbor in the early 1980s.

Will Holsinger has been practicing law in San Mateo County since 1979, serving as personal legal counsel to individuals, professionals and businesses. He has been active in community service in San Mateo County for over 40 years, currently serving on the board of directors of Project Ninety, Inc., a preeminent drug and alcohol treatment program, and is a certified hospice and director care volunteer for Mission Hospice. He previously served on the board of directors for Women’s Recovery Association (1992-1996 and 2005–2009. He also served on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for the Phase II development of Bay Meadows, as well as on the Personnel Board for the City of San Mateo.

Will Holsinger received his law degree from U.C. Hastings College of the Law, in 1978, his undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University, in 1973, majoring in Mexican-American Studies, and an Associate of Arts degree from the College of San Mateo in 1971. Before and after law school, Will Holsinger worked for the late Congressman Leo J. Ryan, both in Washington, D.C. and the district office in San Mateo.

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Sabrina Brennan, Commissioner
2012— Commissioner Sabrina Brennan was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners. Receiving the highest number of votes (120,656) from a pool of six candidates.

2010—Founded the Coastside Bicycle Coalition, a community group focused on reducing auto travel and improving bicycle and pedestrian safety on the San Mateo County coast.

2009—Completed a term on the Midcoast Community Council, an elected advisory council to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

1998—Founded Digital Fusion Media (DFM), a small company that specializes in architectural signage, event graphics, and museum exhibition graphics. DFM partners with Oracle Team USA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, de Young Museum, Gensler Architecture, and the America’s Cup, among others.

Please contact Sabrina and share your ideas, suggestions, questions, or concerns about the Harbor District.

Robert Bernardo, Commissioner, Past President
Commissioner Robert Bernardo was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2010.

Currently, Bernardo is a manager at the Port of Oakland, the fifth largest seaport in the country. Prior to the Port, he worked as an investigator at the San Francisco Office of the District Attorney and previously, he worked in the crime prevention unit of the San Francisco Police Department. Bernardo has served on both the South San Francisco Planning Commission and Personnel Board.

He has lived in San Mateo County for over 35 years, and his community work spans decades. Bernardo is an active member of the Sierra Club, South San Francisco Friends of the Library, Filipino-American Coalition, and Henrik Ibsen Lodge (Sons of Norway). He has also served on the board of two Bay Area chambers of commerce, The San Mateo County Water Transit Advocates and other non-profit organizations. In 2006, the Business Times named Bernardo a "Top 40 Business Leader Under Forty," and he was also named Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade.

Bernardo speaks Tagalog and French. He volunteers at his local synagogue, and he enjoys traveling. Bernardo obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at the University of California, Davis in 1991.

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