Sandy Naranjo has been named as the newest Port commissioner to represent National City.

Naranjo was sworn in on Jan. 3 via a virtual ceremony by her sister, Susan Naranjo, who was deputized by Port Clerk Donna Morales to administer the oath of office.

“On behalf of the Board of Port Commissioners, I welcome Sandy Naranjo and look forward to her perspective and expertise,” said Chair Ann Moore, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “(Naranjo) brings a diverse background, a strong presence and an active voice to represent National City and all Californians. She will be a true asset to the Board as we move forward with an exciting yet challenging year ahead.”

Naranjo is a South Bay native, a political economist, environmental justice and labor advocate and a community organizer. In 2019, she was appointed by National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis to the Sweetwater Authority Citizen Advisory Committee to advise the San Diego Air Pollution Control District. That same year, she was selected by Commissioner Patty Monahan for the California Energy Commission’s Advisory Committee for the Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan.

Naranjo, a wife and mother of two, was most recently the California organizing manager for Mothers Out Front, a national climate justice organization, and the National City Land Use Policy Advocate for the Environmental Health Coalition. Prior to her work with the environmental non-profits, she was with the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council and the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Naranjo earned three bachelor’s degrees in political science, economics and political economy with a minor in women’s studies at California State University, San Bernardino.

The Port is governed by a seven-member board, of which three members are appointed by the City of San Diego and one each is appointed by the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City.

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