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.
Brennan, Mattusch,, Chang-Kiraly - 2016
Bernardo, Larenas - 2018
Tom Mattusch, President
Commissioner Tom Mattusch was elected to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission in November 2014 and is currently Vice President of the Commission.
Captain Tom Mattusch is the owner/operator of the Huli Cat, a charterboat in Pillar Point Harbor. He has fished the West Coast since 1967. He fishes for salmon, rockfish, tuna, Dungeness crab, flatfish and Humboldt squid. Tom also participates in Nature Trips, Bird Watching, Whale Watching and ash scattering at sea. He was a Member of the CA DFW Salmon Stamp Committee, License Agent Advisory Committee, NOAA's Sportfishing Action Team and is an Ambassador for DFW's Fishing Passport Program. Tom was a Member of the Regional Working Groups for the Central and North Central Coast Region to assist in the creation of the network of marine reserves along the coast. Past Board Member of the Golden Gate Fishermans Association and the Fishery Enhancement and Research Foundation. He is currently on the Board of Coastside Fishing Club and assists the National Weather Service as a Marine Users Group member. Tom has collaborated with the PCFFA and Institute for Fisheries Research on research projects. In addition to charterboat activities Tom participates in fisheries research with NOAA/NMFS, The Nature Conservancy and has completed projects with Scripps, Point Reyes Bird Observatory and Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. He has participated in Exempted Fisheries Permit projects for chilipepper and other underutilized species. Tom has experience in healthcare operations management and an MBA in Management. A former competition freediver, underwater hockey player, Tom has worked out of Pillar Point Harbor since 1992.
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Virginia Chang Kiraly, Vice President
At a special meeting on November 16, the Board of Commissioners interviewed six candidates seeking to fill the vacancy on the Board. Virginia Chang Kiraly was appointed by the Board to fill the vacancy, and will serve as a Commissioner until January 2, 2017. There will be an election for this position on November 8, 2016.
Virginia earned her B.A. in Government with a minor in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development and served seven years on the commission under three California Lieutenant Governors. She served on the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for two years from 2007-2009 and as Foreperson from 2008-2009. During her time on the Civil Grand Jury, she led an effort to connect public school fire alarms to first responders, such as fire departments (2008-2009); curb public employee pensions in San Mateo County cities and special districts (2008-2009); and discourage public agencies from using cash out re-funding of their general obligation bonds (2007-2008)-- a practice that has since been deemed illegal in California. She has been a leader on redistricting in San Mateo County.
Upon her appointment to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners, Virginia is the first Asian-American woman to serve on the harbor district board. She is also a director and the past president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Upon her election to the fire board in 2011, Virginia is the second woman in the 100-year history of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District to serve on the fire board. In 2015, she had an uncontested race and is currently serving her second term on the fire board.
Virginia has fifteen years of professional experience in corporate financial analysis, planning, and investments. She is a former Senior Director of the Nasdaq Stock Market and has worked at some of the country's leading financial institutions.
In 2015, Virginia was named by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as a "Woman of Influence." She serves on the boards of the California State Parks Foundation, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as president of the El Camino Youth Symphony. She was a member of the San Mateo County Community College Districtís Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee. Virginia has been a guest lecturer on "Women & Management" at Notre Dame de Namur. She is a member of the Peninsula Volunteers and a sustainer of the Junior League of Palo Alto*Mid-Peninsula.
A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She is a former concert pianist. For fun, she likes to knit, stitch, run, read, and write. Virginia and her husband live in unincorporated West Menlo Park and are the proud parents of two sons and an adopted family dog.
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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
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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Sabrina Brennan, Commissioner
My family loves the ocean. We enjoy surfing, sailing on the Bay, and eating fresh local seafood. I'm passionate about our wonderful coast and marine environment.
I've worked hard and made measurable progress while serving my first term. I'm happy to report that significant change has been accomplished and more is in progress; with new management in place we're becoming a well-run District.
In 1976, when I was age 6, the District borrowed millions of dollars from the California Division of Boating and Waterways. In April 2016, the Harbor District repaid those loans. As board President I created the Finance Committee and I'm very pleased that the District is debt free for the first time in 40 years.
Over the past 4 year I consistently recommended that the District consider alternative insurance providers. In 2016, with the full support of the board we made the transition to a new provider. I'm very pleased that our new policy is saving the District almost $150,000 annually.
In May 2015, we moved the District's headquarters back to the Coastside, within sight of Pillar Point Harbor. In July 2015, the board unanimously approved the District's first Code of Ethics & Values. In August 2015, President Mattusch and I were the first commissioners from our District to receive special district governance awards for completion of the California Special District Association Leadership Academy.
In May 2016, I organized a Sea Level Rise & Erosion Forum that included speakers from the US Geological Survey and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Over 175 people including city, county, and state representatives packed the Douglas Beach House to the rafters!
In July 2016, the board approved two sand volleyball courts at Pillar Point Harbor. The Half Moon Bay Review reported, "Commissioner Brennan has been vocal in her support of volleyball." I'm happy that the Harbor Commission and District staff is focused on the needs of the community.
In September 2016, the board unanimously reduced fish buying fee after years of complaints from commercial fishermen. The Harbor District has a vested interest in the success of the commercial fishing fleet. Requiring arbitrarily high fees for offloading fish and buying fish at Pillar Point Harbor isn't a sustainable approach to generating revenue and it's not in keeping with the goals and priorities of the Harbor District or the Midcoast Local Coastal Program.
Achieving a turnaround in less than four years would not have been possible without the help of community stakeholders, our new management team, our new finance team, and our Harbor Patrol. Now that we have strong leadership on the board and new management in place the Harbor District is effectively serving the public.
A few of the initiatives I support include Bay and Coastal Trail improvements, water quality monitoring, sand replenishment, and pier renovations. I support the inclusion of women athletes in the Mavericks surf contest. I serve on the Harbor District Finance Committee, Oyster Point Marina Committee, and the Committee for Equity in Women's Surfing.
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Edmundo Larenas, Commissioner