Port of Cleveland elects first female chair in 50-year history    

For the first time in its 50 year history, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority has a female Chairperson leading the board of directors. Newly elected Chairwoman Jan Roller takes over for her predecessor Darrell L. McNair.

The port authority also made history by appointing an all-female slate of officers; Director Patricia Ramsey was elected Vice Chair and Director Harriet Applegate was elected Secretary/Fiscal Officer.

Chairwoman Roller graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and went on to establish herself as a leader in the regional law community. She has sat on boards and committees in service of the community throughout her career.

Vice Chair Ramsey is Vice President of Community and Economic Development for Fifth Third Bank in Northeastern Ohio. She has more than 30 years of experience in community and economic development roles within the financial services industry.

Secretary/Fiscal Officer Applegate currently serves as Executive Secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor. She has a passion for advocating for common sense economics and for involving working people in politics and policy.

“We are so proud of our board and our board leadership,” said Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority President Will Friedman. “All three new officers are very accomplished professionals, leaders and public servants, whom happen to be women. We are very excited to work with our new board leadership and look forward to a successful 2019 shipping season.”

Janenne Pung