President & CEO, Port of New Orleans
Brandy D. Christian serves as president and chief executive officer of the Port of New Orleans, a public agency that manages more than $60 million in revenues, nearly 300 employees, and $200 million in capital projects. As head of the financially self-supporting public agency with unsurpassed multimodal connections to global and domestic markets, Christian oversees cargo, cruise, and industrial real estate operations.
Christian is in the ranks of an elite group of women executives in the Port industry and the first female CEO in Port NOLA’s 120-year history. She brings a global perspective and experience building high performance teams in complex organizations to her new role. She plans to continue Port NOLA's success with a strategic focus, collaborative partnerships and bold action. Prior to joining Port NOLA, Christian served 14 years with the Port of San Diego, California’s fourth-largest cargo port and one of that state’s largest public land developers with a portfolio encompassing maritime, industry, hospitality and tourism. Serving as vice president of strategy and business development, Christian was the driving force behind streamlining the public agency’s operational processes, reducing costs, securing major accounts, and negotiating leases for the cruise and cargo business lines. Before joining the Port of San Diego, Christian worked for KPMG Consulting as a quality management consultant in their public sector practice. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Christian is a Certified Port Executive, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Board of Examiners - Malcolm Baldrige, and the recipient of the Examiner of the Year by the California Award for Performance Excellence. Christian serves on the Green Marine, Waterways Council, Inc. and World Trade Center New Orleans Board of Directors, chairs the American Association of Port Authorities’ Cruise Committee and is a member of the University of New Orleans Transportation Institute Advisory Board. She was named an Alumna of the Year (2015) by the University of Arizona and 2016 Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine.