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San Mateo County Harbor District
Board of Harbor Commissioners


Tom Mattusch
Tom Mattusch
Virginia Chang Kiraly
Virginia Chang Kiraly,
Vice President
Robert Bernardo
Robert Bernardo,
Pietro Parravano
Pietro Parravano,
Sabrina Brennan
Sabrina Brennan,

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, Parravano, Chang-Kiraly - 2016
    Bernardo - 2018
Election procedures and Candidate Guide information can be found by clicking on this link.

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.

Contact information for Tom Mattusch:

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 and Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Economic Development. 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 (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.

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.

She serves on the boards of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, California State Parks Foundation, and Sequoia High School Education Foundation. She is the founder and President of Ring The Bell Fund, which was established in 2012 to advocate, educate, and raise funds for school fire alarms to be connected to first responders and for automatic sprinklers to be installed in schools. She is a member of the San Mateo County Community College District's Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee and the Sequoia Union High School District's Career Technical Education Steering Committee. She is a guest lecturer on "Women & Management" at Notre Dame de Namur.

A daughter of Chinese immigrants, Virginia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She and her husband, Ken, live in unincorporated West Menlo Park with their two sons.

Contact information for Virginia Chang Kiraly:

Robert Bernardo, Secretary
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.

Contact information for Robert Bernardo:

Pietro Parravano, Treasurer
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:

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.

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