top of page
About Us

Formed in 1989, the San Diego Working Waterfront (formerly the San Diego Port Tenants Association) is a coalition of businesses and industries dedicated to enhancing trade, recreation, commerce, and tourism on San Diego Bay’s tidelands, while protecting the area’s environment.


A analysis on the “Economic Impacts of the San Diego Unified Port District” for FY2017 reports the Port’s direct and indirect contribution to regional employment is 70,000 jobs, making it the Port the second largest employer in the San Diego County.  The businesses located within the Port District’s boundaries generate $9.4 Billion annually in the regional economic impact. 


Working Waterfront membership includes representatives of manufacturing; ship building and repair; shipping and trade; marinas; commercial and sports fishermen; energy; the cruise ship industry; yacht clubs, aerospace and airport industries; the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants and retail merchants; as well as the U.S. Navy. 

The Working Waterfront has a Board of Directors made up of 40 representatives of master-lease holders, sub-tenants and associate members.  Additionally, there are committees in such diverse areas as Real Estate, Marine Recreation, Marine Industrial, and Membership & Marketing.  A staff of three carries out the day-to-day work of the Association.

As an environmental steward, the Working Waterfront won a $6 million grant in 2016 from the California Energy Commission to electrify cargo handling vehicles being operated by six working waterfront port tenants and develop an Intelligent Transportation System for trucks on terminal adjacent roads. The San Diego Port Sustainable Freight Demonstration Project is underway and will enhance market acceptance and deployment of a range of advanced vehicle technologies that will reduce Green House Gas emissions, reduce petroleum use, and benefit disadvantaged communities. The deployment of these new alternative energy heavy duty vehicles is key to meeting the Port of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan goals.  

The Working Waterfront also produces an event called “Operation Clean Sweep”, the largest bay-wide cleanup and the only one featuring both military and civilian divers along with shoreside volunteers.  This event, done in partnership with the Unified Port of San Diego, SDG&E draws over 1,000 volunteer participants each year, half of which are members of the military.


As another year of exciting challenges continues to unfold, the Working Waterfront remains focused on protecting the interests of its members, while fulfilling its motto of: “Advancing trade, commerce, and tourism while protecting the environment.”


If your company is on the Tidelands or does business with the Port or its Tenants, the San Diego Working Waterfront can be of help to you.  Call (619) 226-6546 for more information.

Board of Directors

Officers & Staff

John Laun, Chairman
Todd Roberts, Vice Chairman
Perry Wright, Treasurer 
Claudia Valenzuela, Secretary
Sharon Cloward, President

Corchelle Worsham, Membership and Events Director
Chelsea Bernie, Special Projects

Ray Ashley

Maritime Museum

Richard Bartell

Bartell Hotels

Lydia Bartell

Humphrey's Half Moon Inn & Suites


Susan Baumann

Bali Hai/Tom Ham's Lighthouse


Greg Boeh

GB Capital Holdings, LLC

Terry Buis

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair


Ray Carpenter

R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc.


Donna Chong

San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Sharon Cloward**

San Diego Port Tenants Association

Paul Corso



Tom Driscoll

Driscoll Boatworks


Dennis DuBard

General Dynamics NASSCO

Brad Engel

Flagship Cruises & Events

Art Engel*

The Marine Group


Uri Feldman

Sunroad Enterprises


Tom Fetter*

T. Fetter & Company

Ken Franke

Sportsfishing Association of California

Samantha Galltin

BNSF Railway


Jim Garegnani

Solar Turbines

Hugh Hedin

Kona Kai Resort


Bill Hall*

4Liberty, Inc.

Roy Hobbs

Shelter Island Boatyard

Kip Howard

Allegis Development

Daniel Kuperschmid

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

John Laun

San Diego Yacht Club

* Director Emeritus

** Working Waterfront Staff

Eric Leslie

Harbor Island West Marina

Jonathan Litvack

Coronado Island Marriott

Didier Luneau

San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina

Sarah Marsh

Dole Fresh Fruit Co.

Nicole Madcour-Masri

Residence Inn & Springhill Suites San Diego Downtown Bayfront

Russell McCarthy*

Continental Maritime

Karen McElliott*

Chula Vista Marina & RV Resort


Mac McLaughlin

USS Midway Museum


Kevin Moriarty

Chula Vista Marina


George Palermo*

Flagship Cruises & Events


John Pasha

Pasha Automotive Services

Edward Plant*

Harborside Refrigerated Services


Frank Plant

Harborside Refrigerated Services


H.P. "Sandy" Purdon

Shelter Cove Marina


Todd Roberts

Marine Group Boat Works


Joey Principato

Santa Monica Seafood

Claudia Valenzuela



Jim Unger*

Hornblower Cruises & Events

Bruce Walton*

Terramar Retail Centers

Kathryn Wells

Hornblower Cruises & Events


Lee Wilson*

Continental Maritime (Ret)


Perry Wright

Considine & Considine

Dewey Youngerman

Huntington Ingalls (HII) San Diego Shipyard, Inc.

General Policy Guidelines

   The two underlying objectives of the Working Waterfront are to:

  • Collectively represent and promote a united forum of port tenants.


  • Advance and promote the common and mutual business interests of its members.


    Keeping those objectives in mind, the Working Waterfront is occasionally called upon to take a position on issues involving the Port District and its tenants.

   While exceptions may be made by a majority vote of the Board of               Directors, the following guidelines will apply:

  • The Working Waterfront will not represent the individual tenant in lease negotiations with the Port.


  • The President may provide information to the tenant of relevant issues which the Association or other tenants have been able to resolve in the past and refer him to members which might be willing to share information.

  • If an individual tenant has an issue which is universal to other tenants of the same category or to all tenants, then the President may raise the issue at to the Board to determine the appropriate action.


  • If an individual tenant is having a problem with having the Port respond properly or in a timely fashion to a request, the President may make inquiries of the Port and assist in the solution of the problem.


  • When a issue arises that involves competing interest among tenants, the Association will not take a position which is to the benefit of one tenant over the other. As noted in the opening paragraph, exceptions to this guideline may only be made by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.


  • If the Port District determines that there is a need for more facilities of services which dilute an existing market or for which there is no new market, then the Association should assist the affected tenants. 


  • The Association should also encourage the Port to give existing tenants the opportunity to expand their services before bringing in a new tenant.

  • Before the Port invests public moneys into facilities, it should seek private investment, so that the Port itself does not compete with tenants.


Ace Parking Management, Inc.


Allegis Development Services, Inc.


American Tuna Boat Assoc.

BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair


BNSF Railway


Bali Hai Restaurant

Banner Bank


Bartell Hotels


Bay Club Hotel & Marina


Bellingham Marine Industries, Inc.


Big Bay Boom

Big Bay Yachts Inc. 


Brigantine Restaurant


Cabrillo Isle Marina


Cal Marine Cleaning

California Strategies


California Yacht Marina, INC

Carleton Management



Chula Seafood San Diego


Chula Vista Marina and RV Resort


Chuck Hovey Yachts


Commander, Navy Region Southwest


Considine & Considine

Continental Maritime of San Diego


Coronado Cays Homeowners Association


Coronado Cays Yacht Club


Coronado Chamber of Commerce


Coronado Island Marriott Resort


Coronado Yacht Club


CP Kelco


Crow's Nest Yachts


Cush Enterprises


Custom Marine Electronics


Dealy Development, Inc



Dole Fresh Fruit


Driscoll Boatworks, Inc.


Driscoll's Mission Bay


Driscoll's Wharf


Everingham Bros Bait Co.

Fast Forward Events


Fifth Avenue Ferry Landing


Fish Market Restaurant


Fisherman's Landing Corporation


Flagship Cruises & Events


General Dynamics NASSCO

Gladstein, Neandross & Associates


H & M Landing


Half Moon Marina


Harbor Island West Marina


Harborside Refrigerated Services


Harvest Meat Company Inc.

High Seas Fuel Dock


Hilton Hotels Corporation


Hilton San Diego Airport Harbor Island

Homestreet Bank


Hornblower Cruises & Events


Humphrey's Half Moon Inn


Hub International Insurance Services

IKE Smart City


Industrial Environmental Association

InterContinental San Diego

International Longshore & Warehouse Union


Intrepid Landing


Island Palms Best Western Hotel & Marina


Island Prime/C-Level Restaurant

J + L Eppig Brewing 


Katz & Associates

Ketch Grill & Taps

Koehler Kraft Company, Inc.


Kona Kai Resort


Kona Kai Marina

Landmark Aviation


Landry's Restaurants/Peohe's

Latham & Watkins

Le Rondelet

Ledford Enterprises


Loews Coronado Bay Resort & Marina

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Manolatos Nelson Murphy

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Marina Cortez & Cortez Fuel Dock


Marine Group Boatworks


Marine Group Boatworks National City


Maritime Museum of San Diego

Marriott Residence Inn & Springhill Suites


Marriott Marina


Mikelson Yachts, Inc.

Mission Federal Credit Union

Mitsubishi Cement Corp


MJE Marketing Services, LLC

Montrose Environmental


National City Chamber of Commerce


Next Level Sailing


Nielsen Beaumont Marine, Inc.

Novare Law Group


Old Town Trolley of San Diego

Outboard Boating Club


Pacific Tug Boat Services


Pacifica Companies


Pasha Automotive Services

PassPort to San Diego

Pier 32 Marina


Point Loma Marina

Point Loma Seafood


Point Loma Sports Fishing


Port Coronado Associates


Potter Electric Inc.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

Protea Waterfront Development


R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc.


Ruth's Chris Steak House

Sail San Diego


San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs


San Diego Bay Pilots Association


San Diego Business Journal


San Diego Tourism Authority


San Diego Convention Center Corp.


San Diego Marine Exchange


San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina


San Diego Mooring Company


San Diego Parade of Lights


San Diego Regional Airport Authority


San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce


San Diego Restaurant Mgmt. Co.

San Diego Sailing Tours


San Diego Sportfishing Council


San Diego Symphony


San Diego Yacht Club

Santa Monica Seafood

SCS Engineers




Sea Forth Boat Rental

SEA San Diego

Searles Valley Minerals

Shelter Cove Marina


Shelter Island Boatyard


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


Silver Gate Yacht Club


Solar Turbines Inc.

Southwestern Yacht Club


Specialty Seals & Accessories, Inc.


Sportfishing Association of California


Stevedoring Services of America


Strategic Management Group

Stream Realty


Sun Harbor Marina


Sunroad Resort Marina

Sunroad Enterprises


T. Fetter & Company


TCR Services

The Clay Company

The Grant Farm

The SoCo Group


Tom Ham's Lighthouse

US Coast Guard

USS Midway Museum

Unite Here Local 30

Westflex Industrial

Wonderlust Events LLC

Wood PLC


Wyndham San Diego Bayside

bottom of page