Commissioners

Jennifer Ferrera Schmid (President)
Public Member; Oakland Fire Department

Jennifer Schmid was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun on February 10, 2015, for a four-year term. Ms. Schmid will fill one of three public member seats on the Board. She brings extensive administrative and maritime expertise to the Board. She has been a member of the Oakland Fire Department since 1999, promoting to the rank of Engineer in 2005. She graduated from the California Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Intermodal Transportation and is an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Schmid has served as an instructor for the California State University Maritime Academy on several training cruises, teaching leadership and officer development to cadets. She has completed coursework at Long Beach State University for her Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

Ms. Schmid worked to develop a police and fire marine tactical group in Oakland to facilitate a more cohesive relationship between the two agencies. She has written grants and proposals for the fire department in which the union of police and fire agencies was instrumental. Ms. Schmid has been working with Police and Fire: The Fallen Heroes since 2009 in logistics and finance, and serves in the capacity of Secretary on the Board of Directors.

David Connolly (Vice President)
Public Member; Sailors’ Union of the Pacific

David Connolly was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun on February 28, 2013, and reappointed on February 24, 2016, to a new four-year term. Mr. Connolly is one of three public member representatives on the Board. Mr. Connolly has been vice president of the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific since 2000. He was an operator with the San Francisco Bar Pilots from 1996 to 2000 and was an able seaman at Chevron Shipping Company from 1991 to 1996. Mr. Connolly is a trustee for the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific Welfare Plan, and a delegate and former president at the Alameda Labor Council.

Vacant
Public Member

Capt. George H. Livingstone
Pilot Member; San Francisco Bar Pilot

Captain George Livingstone, was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun on February 10, 2015. Captain Livingstone fills one of two Board-licensed pilot member Board seats. Captain Livingstone has been a ship pilot for the San Francisco Bar Pilots since 2008. He was a captain at Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Inc. from 1991 to 2006. Captain Livingstone is vice president of the Nautical Institute, London Branch and a member of the American Pilots Association, International Tug and Salvage Association. Captain Livingstone was a member of the Harbor Safety Committee for San Francisco Bay from 2011 to 2015, and is an author of several articles on current maritime issues.

Capt. Einar Nyborg
Pilot Member; San Francisco Bar Pilot

Captain Einar Nyborg, 50, of Ukiah, was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun on February 24, 2017, for a four-year term. Captain Nyborg represents one of two Board-licensed pilot members on the Board. Captain Nyborg has been a pilot at the San Francisco Bar Pilots since 1995. Previously, he was a harbor tug captain at Crowley Maritime Services from 1991 to 1995, tank vessel deck officer at the Keystone Shipping Company from 1989 to 1993 and first officer and deck boss for Arctic Alaska Seafoods in 1988.

John Schneider
Liquid Cargo Industry Member; Tesoro Corporation

John Schneider was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo and Suisun on February 28, 2013, and reappointed by Governor Brown on January 16, 2016, to a new four-year term. Mr. Schneider represents the Wet Cargo Industry member Board on the Board. Mr. Schneider has held various positions for Tesoro Corporation since 2006, including marine operations manager, single point mooring operations manager and marine superintendent. Mr. Schneider was a ship’s officer at both the Alaska Tanker Company from 1999 to 2006, and at the Overseas Shipholding Group from 1989 to 1999.

David Hoppes
Dry Cargo Industry Member

David Hoppes of San Francisco, was appointed by Governor Brown to the Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun on October 7, 2016, and reappointed by Governor Brown on February 24, 2017, to a new four-year term. Mr. Hoppes represents the Dry Cargo Industry member Board on the Board. Mr. Hoppes has been a representative at the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association since 2017. Previously, he held several positions at the Matson Navigation Company from 1989 to 2015, including senior vice president of ocean services, and general manager of sales and operations manager. He was principal at Cargo Handling Specialists from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Hoppes also held several positions at the Marine Terminals Corporation from 1978 to 1985, including general manager, operations manager and director of safety. He was a loss-prevention specialist at the Pacific Maritime Association from 1976 to 1978. Mr. Hoppes earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brian Kelly
Ex Officio Member; Secretary, California State Transportation Agency

Brian P. Kelly was sworn in by Governor Brown on July 1, 2013, as the first secretary of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), a new agency focused solely on transportation which replaced the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency (BT&H).  As the CalSTA Agency Secretary, Mr. Kelly serves as an ex officio member of the Board who, without vote, may exercise all other privileges of a member of the Board.

Prior to his appointment as CalSTA Secretary by Governor Brown, Mr. Kelly served as Acting Secretary of BT&H, where he oversaw 12 departments and several economic development programs and commissions consisting of more than 45,000 employees and a budget of $18 billion — a budget larger than most states in the nation.

The new CalSTA portfolio remains one of the largest in the State of California. Its operations address the myriad transportation issues that directly impact the state’s economic vitality and quality of life including public safety, construction and maintenance, and intercity and high-speed rail.

Mr. Kelly has been at the center of most of the major transportation policy decisions in the state of California for the past decade and a half, having served as chief transportation policy consultant for four successive Senate President pro Tempores.

Mr. Kelly was executive staff director for Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg from 2008 to 2012. He was executive principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata from 2004 to 2008, principal consultant for Senate President pro Tempore John Burton from 1998 to 2004, and assistant consultant for Senate President pro Tempore Bill Lockyer from 1995 to 1998.

 

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Contact Information

Board of Pilot Commissioners For the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun
660 Davis Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
e-mail: bopc@ca.gov
TEL (415) 397-2253
FAX (415) 397-9463